Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was using dishonest means to grab power in Delhi and he will stop this at any cost, but party colleague Kumar Vishwas left AAP leaders red-faced by praising PM Narendra Modi in a TV interview.
“Narendra Modi is a comparatively better PM than Manmohan Singh,” Vishwas said, while also applauding Modi’s Japan and Kashmir visits.
Kejriwal, who accused the BJP of trying to poach his MLAs, attacked Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung for seeking the President’s approval to invite the BJP for forming the government. AAP leaders will ask Jung to revise his stance on Wednesday, Kejriwal said.
In his September 4 letter to the President, released to the media by AAP, Jung, who is running Delhi with the assembly in suspended animation, said, “It would not be in public interest to hold polls in such a short span of time...Every effort must be made to form a popular government before recommending dissolution of assembly.”
A day after the AAP released a sting video and accused a senior Delhi BJP leader of trying to bribe one of its legislators to switch sides, Kejriwal said he would hand over the CD to the President and request him to ask Jung to not invite BJP.
"We will go to the people of Delhi with the video clip and expose BJP which has shed all ethics and morality to grab power,” Kejriwal said. “BJP was in touch with 15 AAP MLAs. We will release more sting tapes if needed. No party has a clear majority. Only fresh elections are the solution.”
The BJP is the single largest party in Delhi with 28 MLAs in the 67-member assembly, while ally SAD has one. The AAP has 27 seats and the Congress only eight. There are three other members in the House. BJP needs 34 MLAs to form the government.
“We’re in touch with MLAs of all parties. We’re even in touch with (expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar) Binny to stall dishonest attempts at government formation. But this is not to grab power but press for fresh elections,” Kejriwal said.
While hearing the AAP's petition for fresh polls, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to speed up the process of government formation to stop any horse-trading.
“In December, the BJP wrote to Jung saying that it cannot form the government as it doesn’t have the numbers. The BJP has not withdrawn that letter. Three of its MLAs have been elected to the Lok Sabha. How can they be invited to form the government with even fewer numbers?” the AAP chief asked.