An AAP MLA on Monday alleged that BJP leaders had approached him a day before the Assembly poll results with an offer of Rs20 crore to buy him off. Madan Lal, an AAP MLA, said the incident happened on December 7, 2013. Adding that he does not have proof to back his claim, he said he received a call from an ‘unknown number’ with an offer to get in touch with a ‘big person’ whom Lal said was none other than senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
He said after the phone call incident, two people approached him on behalf of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to break ties with the AAP.
Lal claimed he was told that if he formed a government with the breakaway MLAs in alliance with the BJP, he would be made chief minister be paid Rs20 crore.
The AAP MLAs who wanted to be Cabinet Ministers would be paid Rs10 crore each. He said he had informed the party high command each time he was approached.
In the December Delhi Assembly elections, the AAP won 28 seats in the 70-member House and formed the government with the outside support of the Congress that had won eight seats.
JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal and an independent also extended support to the AAP in the Assembly. Of the AAP’s 28 lawmakers, one was elected speaker and another MLA, Vinod Kumar Binny, was expelled for anti-party activities.
The BJP reacted sternly to the AAP’s allegations. “In their desperation to acquire credibility, recognition and instant attention, they do not hesitate to handpick names of eminent leaders of the BJP. This is totally condemnable. They do not have enough evidence to substantiate their claims. This is a clear case of false propaganda and defamatory allegations,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
The BJP leader ridiculed the month-old Delhi Government and said it should focus on governance. “A press conference a day with fancy lists, which are not substantiated with evidence, and false claims cannot be called good governance. The people of Delhi are feeling even more helpless,” Nirmala Sitharaman added.
Meanwhile, Jaitley tweeted, “Rubbish claims by the AAP. The AAP’s alternative politics includes a fundamental right to falsehood and lies.
Meanwhile, The AAP wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking action against former CM Sheila Dikshit for allegedly trying to gain political mileage by granting regularisation certificates to unauthorised colonies in the Capital.
Turning the heat on the Congress, which provides outside support to the AAP, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for strict action against Dikshit as per the law.