The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday reiterated its claim that the BJP was trying to poach its MLAs to somehow form a government in Delhi.
AAP leader Manish Sisodia paraded his MLAs before the media at the Delhi assembly and claimed that five of them had been approached.
“In the last 48 hours, the BJP has become desperate to form the government. Our MLAs can’t be bought, the BJP should show courage and face the polls,” Sisodia said.
“Some Mahesh called me and offered me a ministerial berth, money,” AAP MLA Girish Soni said. Party MLA Sanjeev Jha said, “Two-three people met me and sought support; we rejected. We have no intention of lodging a police complaint.”
All the five AAP MLAs who claimed they were approached however said they did not want to lodge a police complaint. They refused to give out phone numbers used to contact them. Some AAP MLAs said they couldn’t audio/video record the poachers’ offers as they weren’t allowed cellphones during meetings.
Delhi has been under President’s rule since February 17, after Kejriwal quit in protest against the Lieutenant Governor’s refusal to allow introduction of the janlokpal bill —AAP’s main poll plank — in the assembly.
AAP MLA Surinder Singh said, “Someone from BJP met me on August 1, offered me cash. My car was attacked; I have given a police complaint for that.”
Asking why the assembly continued to be kept in suspended animation, the Supreme Court on Tuesday told the Narendra Modi government to decide on its dissolution ‘one way or another’, adding that legislators cannot sit idle at the expense of taxpayers.
The BJP reacted sharply. “Arvind Kejriwal asks common citizens to conduct sting operation against corrupt officials, then why don’t his MLAs conduct a sting operation when someone is offering them money. The truth is that Kejriwal never does what he says,” said Satish Upadhyay, Delhi BJP president.
Delhi Congress spokesperson Mukesh Sharma demanded an inquiry into the incident. “There should be investigation in the case and those who have offered money to these MLAs should be identified and action should be taken,” Sharma said.He alleged tacit understanding between the AAP and the BJP. “AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and the BJP have joined hands and Kejriwal himself is helping BJP form the government in Delhi,” Sharma added.