The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) denied on Saturday Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas' claim that the saffron party had tried to lure him by offering him the post of Delhi's chief minister soon after the results of general elections were announced.
According to a report in the Economic Times (ET), a first-time BJP MP from Delhi called on Vishwas at his Ghaziabad residence on the night of May 19 offering him BJP's support and the post of Delhi chief minister.
Reacting to Vishwas' claims, the BJP said it was only a political stunt by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party and asked the poet-turned-politician to name the party member who approached him.
"Kumar Vishwas' baseless allegations confirms there is a mad rush within AAP for CM's post and he is one of several in that rush," BJP's Nalin Kohli also told ANI.
The Congress party, meanwhile, sought a clarification from the BJP.
"AAP members never tell the truth, but on this matter if BJP gives a clarification it will be better," Congress' Rashid Alvi told ANI.
Vishwas is not a Delhi MLA but had fought the Lok Sabha elections from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh only to lose.
Video: BJP offered me the Delhi CM'S post: Kumar Vishwas
"On May 19, around 10.30pm, a BJP MP had come over to my house. I met the person because he is a friend. The gentleman stayed on till 3.30am trying to convince me that I should help BJP form the government in Delhi and that they were willing to offer me the CM's post. He claimed that he was meeting me at the behest of top BJP functionaries. He also claimed that 12 AAP MLAs, who did not want reelection, were willing to support the proposal," the ET quoted Vishwas as saying earlier on Saturday.
"I was told that if I agreed, then he could immediately take me to Ashoka Hotel to meet the right people to carry this proposal forward. I turned down the offer," Vishwas said.
He said refused to accept the offer and immediately informed his party. However, he has not named the MP, citing "personal relations" with the person.
Delhi has been under president's rule since Kejriwal resigned as the chief minister in February after spending just 49 days in office.?
Since then, parties have been accusing each other of horse-trading and indulging in double speak about re-elections in Delhi.
The Supreme Court had on August 5 asked the Centre and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to resolve the deadlock in five weeks. The AAP had filed a petition in the SC, seeking dissolution of the assembly.
(With ANI and IANS inputs)