3 AAP MLAs land in Goa, trigger fears of poaching by BJP
Three AAP MLAs, Ashok Kumar Chauhan, Dharmender Singh Koli and Prakash Jarwal, left Delhi at noon and landed in Goa before being contacted by the party and asked to immediately return to Delhi.Updated: Sep 21, 2014 22:17 IST
There was panic in the AAP ranks on Sunday as three of its MLAs sparked fears that they might join BJP when they flew together to Goa from Delhi, although the party itself dismissed such talk.
Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that the party continues to remain very much united and dismissed any talk about its MLAs switching over to BJP.
Three AAP MLAs -- Ashok Kumar Chauhan, Dharmender Singh Koli and Prakash Jarwal -- left Delhi at noon and landed in Goa before being contacted by the party and asked to immediately return to Delhi.
Sources claimed that the three MLAs had gone to Goa to meet a senior BJP leader.
"They were seen at Delhi airport following which the party tried to get in touch with the MLAs. But they could not be reached.
"(However), after they reached Goa, the party managed to contact one of the MLAs and convey it in clear terms that they should return immediately," a party source said.
Sisodia said that no AAP MLA would break with the party and rejected any claims about the three party legislators joining BJP.
"Why can't an AAP MLA leave Delhi. If Congress and BJP legislators can leave Delhi, why can't our legislators do so.
"BJP in the past has tried several tricks to break up our party, but it has not succeeded," Sisodia said.
First Published: Sep 21, 2014 22:13 IST