Lok Sabha elections 2019: AAP alleges BJP offering Rs 10cr to its MLAs to defect
AAP has 66 MLAs in Delhi while four are from BJP. In Lok Sabha polls, AAP has fielded fresh faces in all the seven parliamentary seats. BJP, congress have put up old heavyweightsUpdated: May 02, 2019, 03:03 IST
Adding heat to the already charged-up election atmosphere in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday alleged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had offered money to seven of its MLAs in Delhi to join the saffron party.
AAP leader and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the seven AAP legislators were offered ₹10 crore each to join the BJP before May 12, when the national capital goes to polls.
The BJP denied the claim, saying AAP MLAs were anyway caught in an internal rift with their own top leadership.
Accusing the BJP of horse trading, Sisodia said the party was using its “old tactic of money power” to poach AAP MLAs and create a new perception ahead of polling day.
“The BJP contacted seven of our MLAs, asking them to leave AAP and join the BJP for which they are offering ₹10 crore each. It (BJP) is in touch with more AAP MLAs, but as of now seven of them have come to us and told us in detail with evidence who all in the BJP are reaching out to them and how,” Sisodia told reporters on Wednesday.
Reacting to the allegation, leader of opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said the BJP doesn’t have to spend a single penny as AAP’s MLAs were defecting on their own.
“Kapil Mishra (Karawal Nagar MLA), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Asim Ahmed Khan (Matia Mahal) and many more legislators are breaking away from AAP. In fact, seven is a very small number Sisoida ji is quoting. There are more. This is AAP’s frustration of coming third in Lok Sabha election,” he said.
AAP has 66 MLAs in Delhi while four are from the BJP. In the Lok Sabha election, AAP has fielded fresh faces in all the seven parliamentary seats. The BJP and the Congress have put up old heavyweights, apart from sports and music personalities.
Sisodia refused to name the seven MLAs.
“That we will reveal in our next press conference with all the recordings given by our legislators,” he said.
Gupta questioned, “How much more time does AAP need? We want AAP to disclose the names of MLAs and the evidence right now. By spreading such lies, AAP is trying to malign the BJP.”
Delhi’s ruling party alleged the BJP had earlier too tried to “buy” its MLAs and for a response from the public. It said this time too, they would get a befitting reply.
“Since the BJP does not have any development issue to raise, they have come down to horse trading. They used the same tactic during the municipal elections. They had managed to get our Bawana MLA (Ved Prakash). But, people of Bawana taught the BJP a lesson in the bypoll,” the deputy CM said.