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New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed on Wednesday, August 24, that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had approached four of its legislators in Delhi, asking them to switch sides and join the saffron party or else face “false cases, the CBI and the ED”.
Addressing a press conference here, AAP’s national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said the legislators – Ajay Dutt, Sanjeev Jha, Somnath Bharati and Kuldeep – have been approached by leaders of the BJP with whom they share “friendly relations”.
“They have been offered Rs 20 crore each if they join the party, and Rs 25 crore if they bring other MLAs along with them,” Singh said.
“They (BJP leaders) told our MLAs that if they do not accept the offer and join the BJP, they will also have to face false cases, the CBI and the ED like (Delhi deputy chief minister) Manish Sisodia is facing,” he added.
Singh accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making efforts to bring AAP legislators into the BJP-fold “by hook or crook” and topple the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi.
“Efforts to break the MLAs of Delhi have begun,” NDTV quoted Singh as saying who added that the BJP tried a ‘Shinde’ on Manish Sisodia but the attempt failed. He said he would “expose” and AAP MLAs were already turning BJP’s “Operations Lotus” into “Operation Bogus”.
Training his guns at Modi, Singh said, “You must have threatened and brought down governments in many states, but this is Delhi. People have chosen Kejriwal here thrice.”
The four AAP MLAs who have allegedly been approached by the BJP were also present at the press conference.
One of the MLAs Somnath Bharati said, “They said they know cases against Sisodia are fake, but the senior leaders have decided to bring down the AAP. BJP’s leaders have been given the duty of getting in AAP leaders.”
“A BJP leader told me that no matter what, we will bring down the Delhi government,” he added.
On Tuesday, August 23, the Enforcement Directorate had registered a case against Sisodia and 14 others under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with the alleged irregularities in Delhi excise policy. Sisodia has been named accused no.1.
To take stock of the emerging situation in the wake of ED raids against Sisodia and alleged threats and inducements to its other MLAs, the AAP top leadership has decided to convene a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee with all its MLAs on Wednesday at 4 pm.
(With PTI inputs)