Expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny on Monday threatened to pull down the AAP Government in Delhi and said he had the backing of four party MLAs.
Binny has also found support in JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal and independent MLA Rambir Shokeen and two other MLAs. After Binny’s expulsion, the AAP now has 27 MLAs in the House of 70 and enjoys the external support of eight Congress MLAs.
On Sunday, Binny said: “I along with Shoaib Iqbal and Rambir will meet Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and withdraw support if the demands are not met in 48 hours.”
Binny gave an ultimatum to the AAP-led Government to fulfil its promises by amending the 700 litre free water scheme by removing the condition that consumers would have to pay full amount if they exceeded the usage of 700 litres of free water a day. He also laid a condition that the government should slash power rates by 50 per cent without any riders.
The AAP sacked Binny last week on the grounds of indiscipline.
A day after Arvind Kejriwal took oath as Delhi’s Chief Minister on January 28, Binny, who defeated Congress strongman and former Delhi health minister Ashok Walia demanded a state cabinet minister post. When Kejriwal denied him the post, he threatened to rebel, the AAP claimed.
In defence, Binny said: “My name was in the first list of ministers sent to the Delhi Lt Governor,”. He added that he was not hungry for power and did not even demand an Assembly ticket.