Weeks after accusing the BJP of luring its Delhi MLAs for Rs 20 crore each in a bid to topple the government, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday claimed that 10 AAP legislators from Punjab were approached by the BJP with an offer to break away from the party.
“They are buying MLAs, breaking governments,” Kejriwal said, as reported by news agency PTI.
The party further claimed that the BJP has now turned its focus on Punjab after its ‘Operation Lotus’ failed in Delhi. Last month, Kejriwal and several top AAP leaders accused the BJP of trying to bribe AAP MLAs into joining BJP. According to the party, BJP was offering AAP legislators Rs 20 crore for joining BJP and Rs 25 crore for bringing others to the party.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is under the CBI scanner for his alleged role in the Delhi liquor policy scam, said that he was approached by few “uninvited guests,” who had offered to make him Delhi’s chief ministerial candidate from BJP and also drop all the ongoing cases against him.
The fresh allegations came to light after Punjab minister Harpal Cheema accused the BJP of approaching AAP legislators and inviting them to Delhi in order to meet top central leaders from BJP in a bid to switch allegiance. Cheema further alleged that the MLAs were offered crores in return.
Earlier this month, Kejriwal asked BJP workers from Gujarat to join his party. Appealing to the BJP workers in the state, Kejriwal said that they can continue taking money from BJP while working for his party. “You (BJP workers) can stay in that party but work for AAP. Many of them get paid (by BJP), so take the payment from there, but work for us, because we do not have money,” he said at a press conference in Rajkot.
“We do not want BJP leaders. The BJP can keep its leaders. BJP’s ‘panna pramukhs’, workers in villages, booths and talukas are joining us in droves. I would like to ask them what the BJP gave them in return for their service in the party even after so many years?” Kejriwal further added.