BJP Trains Guns on AAP in Delhi Assembly
On the first day of the Delhi Assembly session, the Bharatiya Janata Party came down heavily on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and demanded answers on NGOs run by party leader Manish Sisodia, MLAs receiving funds from abroad, and party members’ views on plebiscite in Kashmir.
The BJP legislative party leader Harshvardhan said even he had travelled by the metro, but did not make a ‘show’ of the same.
He said the BJP did not believe in horse-trading and hence did not form the government even after getting 32 MLAs in a House of 70, while the AAP, with 28 MLAs has formed the government with the Congress party’s outside support.
Harshvardhan said the AAP has allied with the Congress party, despite stating that they would not ally with any party.
The BJP MLAs who stood up to speak demanded answers from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on why AAP leader Sisodia’s NGO received lakhs of dollars in aid from the Ford Foundation over the past few years.
The BJP asked whether the AAP-run government would investigate the corruption scams that happened under the previous Congress regime in Delhi and raised doubts as to whether they would really investigate them because of an alleged ‘deal’ brokered between the AAP and the Congress.
The BJP also asked why the AAP agreed to accept the Congress’ support when a sting operation had revealed the Congress MLAs saying that the party strategy was to ‘finish off’ the AAP by getting them to run the government.
The Opposition BJP also demanded why the AAP members had openly supported plebiscite in Kashmir, and alleged that Kejriwal had met Muslim clerics ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls to win minority votes.
Without mentioning names, the BJP was referring to Kejriwal’s meeting with Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, head of Ittehad-e-Millat Council, who had allegedly issued ‘fatwas’ against eminent writer Taslima Nasreen and George Bush.
Meanwhile, the Congress MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely, while stating that it would continue to support the Aam Aadmi Party for working in Delhi’s interest, said that the party had cut power tariffs in the national capital by getting the necessary motion passed in the Delhi Assembly.