The sting comes at a time when speculation is rife of the BJP trying to form a government in the capital. The sting video was released by AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal at a press conference. Kejriwal claimed the video had caught on tape Dagar offering Rs 4 crore to AAP MLA from Sangam Vihar, Dinesh Mohania, to quit the party. Kejriwal claimed the video was shot at Dagars house.
BJP leaders believe the sting has hurt the partys chances, if any, of forming a government.
If the party insists on forming a government, the sting will hurt its credibility among voters, a senior BJP leader said.
So sure was the party of forming a government that former Delhi BJP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel tweeted on Sunday that the BJP was going to form the government. BJP is set to form its government in Delhi tomorrow, the tweet says.
On Monday, BJP leaders put up a brave face and went into damage-control mode.
Some party leaders cast doubts on the veracity of the sting. We will send the sting clip to forensic experts. And one should not forget that the AAP MLA approached the BJP leader. If AAP leaders abuse Kejriwal and tell us that he wants to join the BJP, what can we do Moreover, we cannot throw out anyone who comes to our house just because he belongs to the opposition party. We are ready for elections anytime. This is clearly an entrapment, R P Singh, BJPs national secretary, said.
Dagar, clarifying his stand on the purported sting, said one and a half months ago, the AAP MLA had approached him and showed interest in joining the BJP.
Dagar denied he offered money. After Narendra Modis victory, they wanted to join the party. I told them to resign, which is what the video is showing. I didnt offer money to the AAP MLA. They came to my house. I did not invite them. If these allegations are proved correct, I will leave politics, he said in his defence.
Dagar contested from Mehrauli in 2008, but lost by 1,108 votes to Yoganand Shastri.