1. BJP rubbishes AAP’s charge of ‘poaching’, calls it desperate

BJP rubbishes AAP’s charge of ‘poaching’, calls it desperate

The BJP today hit back at the Aam Aadmi Party's allegation of "poaching" of its MLAs, saying the latter was "desperate" as it had "sensed defeat" in the MCD polls, the results of which will be declared tomorrow.

By: | New Delhi | Published: April 25, 2017 10:30 PM
AAP,  MCD polls, Alka Lamba, Delhi BJP, Arvind Kejriwal,  AAP legislator from Chandni Chowk Alka Lamba had alleged that the BJP was trying to poach the MLAs of her party by luring them with offers of coveted posts in the government and Lok Sabha tickets.

The BJP today hit back at the Aam Aadmi Party’s allegation of “poaching” of its MLAs, saying the latter was “desperate” as it had “sensed defeat” in the MCD polls, the results of which will be declared tomorrow. AAP legislator from Chandni Chowk Alka Lamba had alleged that the BJP was trying to poach the MLAs of her party by luring them with offers of coveted posts in the government and Lok Sabha tickets.

“Lamba’s allegation only points at AAP’s desperation. AAP was formed by a combination of heterogeneous elements for grabbing power and as defeat looms large, it is disintegrating,” said Delhi BJP general secretary Kuljeet Chahal. The BJP enjoyed the support of the people and it did not depend on the split of any party, he said while asking the AAP MLAs to “free” Delhi from the “anarchism” of the Kejriwal government.

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“Those AAP MLAs who are dedicated to the country and the people will think over the current situation of their party and free the people of Delhi from the symbol of anarchism, Arvind Kejriwal, at the right time,” said Chahal. The “rout” of the party in the Punjab and Goa Assembly polls and the Rajouri Garden Assembly by-poll in Delhi, followed by the prospect of a “certain” defeat in the MCD polls, had pushed the AAP leadership into a state of “desperation” and that was why they were levelling “wild” allegations, he added.

Lamba’s allegation came in the aftermath of AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s warning of launching a “movement” if the exit poll predictions for the MCD polls came true. The exit polls have predicted a BJP sweep in the civic body elections.

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