Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, questioned the source of the Rs 800 crore that the BJP is said to have offered to 40 AAP legislators in exchange for their allegiance on Thursday.
Kejriwal and his MLAs went to Rajghat to pray for the failure of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) “Operation Lotus” after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators met at his residence.
“The CBI searched my deputy Manish Sisodia’s home, including the mattresses and walls, but nothing unaccounted for was discovered. A day after the CBI raids, the BJP approached Sisodia and offered him the position of chief minister in exchange for betraying Kejriwal. Sisodia, who has no lust for power as chief minister, is a lucky find for me “Kejriwal told journalists.
He claimed that the people of Delhi chose a “hardcore honest” government that would not betray them.
The AAP claimed that 40 of its Delhi MLAs were targeted by the BJP with an offer of Rs 20 crore each to switch sides earlier in the day, despite the fact that all 62 of its legislators were present at a meeting at Kejriwal’s house.
While all 62 of the AAP’s legislators were present at a meeting at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house, the party claimed on Thursday that 40 of its Delhi MLAs were targeted by the BJP with an offer of Rs 20 crore each to switch sides.
53 MLAs, including Kejriwal, physically attended the meeting, which ended in a matter of minutes.
According to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj, seven MLAs were absent from their districts while minister Satyendar Jain was incarcerated.
He added that MLA for Okhla Amanatullah Khan had joined the meeting over the phone.
Following the meeting, the entire AAP legislative delegation, led by Kejriwal, travelled to the Mahatma Gandhi memorial Rajghat to offer prayers for the demise of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) “Operation Lotus.”
Prior to the meeting, sources with the AAP claimed that 12 MLAs had been cut off for a few days in the hopes that they would attend the discussions on Thursday at Kejriwal’s house.
Bhardwaj argued that the CBI and ED should look into how the BJP obtained the sum of Rs 800 necessary to “poach” AAP legislators.
“The BJP contacted 12 AAP MLAs to ask them to change their allegiance. However, the MLAs have stated that they support the AAP. 40 AAP MLAs were the target of a BJP offer to switch sides for Rs 20 crore each “Bhardwaj made a claim.
The AAP’s “poaching” claim has been rejected by BJP leaders, who refer to it as a “public stunt” by the Kejriwal-led party.
The AAP is attempting to divert attention, according to BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, who also questioned Kejriwal’s “silence” regarding the Delhi excise policy.
The BJP was in contact with “20-25 MLAs” of the Kejriwal-led party, according to four AAP MLAs who claimed on Wednesday that they had been approached by BJP leaders with an offer to switch sides.
The CBI and ED investigations, the raids on its ministers, and the BJP’s efforts at “poaching” have all prompted the AAP government to call a special session of the Delhi Assembly for this coming Friday.
The AAP is allegedly trying to deflect attention from the Delhi government’s “scam” involving liquor by refusing to release the names of those who allegedly contacted its MLAs with an offer to switch sides, according to the saffron party.