As many as 54 AAP MLAs out of the 62 attended a crucial meeting called by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in the wake of BJP’s alleged attempt to poach on its leaders.
“To break the party, they (the Bharatiya Janata Party) need 40 MLAs, and to buy them, they need Rs 800 crore. From where will the BJP get that money?” asked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while speaking to his party MLAs at Raj Ghat in New Delhi on Thursday.
The MLAs visited Raj Ghat to offer their prayers. They thanked “Gandhiji for saving the country from BJP’s Operation Lotus”. Durgesh Pathak, a senior AAP leader, claimed, “Around 40 MLAs were approached by the BJP. But everyone has denied their offer. ‘Operation Lotus’ has failed completely. That’s why we came here to offer prayers at Gandhi Samadhi.”
Earlier, as many as 54 AAP MLAs out of the 62 attended a crucial meeting called by Kejriwal in the wake of BJP’s alleged attempt to poach its leaders, according to sources.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia couldn’t attend Kejriwal’s meeting since he is in Himachal Pradesh. AAP leader and Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain is in jail. The other six, who did not attend the meeting, are either in Himachal, Rajasthan, or Gujarat.
On Wednesday, four AAP MLAs claimed they got an offer of Rs 20 crore each to join the BJP or else they “would face the same fate as Sisodia”. This came two days after Sisodia accused the BJP of offering to dispose of the case against him if he joined the party.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh held a press conference, with all four MLAs, and stated that the BJP has become a “50 khoka” party as it was trying to bribe the leaders of opposition parties. “Four AAP leaders got an offer of Rs 20 crore each and in Maharashtra, Rs 50 crore was being offered. The BJP broke parties in Goa, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka. Here our leaders are not going to be broken,” said Sanjay Singh. He said their four MLAs Ajay Dutt, Sanjeev Jha, Somnath Bharti, and Kuldeep were offered a bribe by the BJP leaders.
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed the BJP was running ‘Operation Lotus’ in the country, where they are threatening or buying opposition leaders to split the parties.
“If they (BJP) are giving Rs 20 crore to each of our four MLAs and have been in touch with 35 MLAs of AAP, it means they are ready to give Rs 700 crore. I want to ask from where did the BJP get this money?” he added.