Operation Lotus In Punjab: AAP Claims BJP Tries To Buy Its MLAs

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has made a fresh allegation against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to break the AAP MLAs by offering ₹25 crore each in Punjab.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 14 September, 2022 11:03 pm IST
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has made a fresh allegation against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to break the AAP MLAs by offering ₹25 crore each in Punjab. The party claimed that 10 of its MLAs were approached by the BJP leaders.

Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “I have been reiterating that the BJP is running Operation Lotus in every state of the country to trade MLAs. It is not possible that MLAs are joining the BJP on their own.”

“Some are being threatened with frivolous CBI-ED raids and others are offered lucrative money. Yesterday, we got to know that they are offering ₹25 crore in Punjab as well,” AAP national convenor alleges.

Talking about eight Congress MLAs jumping ship, Kejriwal said the BJP has struck a deal in Goa as well. “Only people belonging to Goa can tell the amount. This is completely wrong. From where are they getting thousands of crores to trade MLAs? They are syphoning off the taxpayers’ money. It is also the biggest reason for inflation in the country,” Kejriwal said.

“We have been raising our voices for a long time. They have toppled the governments in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, now they have traded MLAs, for the second time in Goa, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh,” he added.

“They tried to lure 10 of our MLAs in Punjab by offering ₹25 crore each, but they failed again. The BJP has created a vicious system in which people will vote for the party of their choice but they will end up in the BJP,” said Kejriwal.

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann also said that the AAP MLAs in Punjab are dedicated representatives. “Our MLAs are dedicated to the party. I want to tell the BJP that our MLAs are not going to be lured by your offers,” said Mann.

AAP MP Sanjay Singh said that the BJP might claim to be the largest party in the world, but in reality, it is the biggest kidnapping gang in the world. “BJP approached 10 AAP MLAs in Punjab and offered them 25 crores each. They want to break 55 MLAs of ours to come to power themselves,” said Singh.

He also claimed that the BJP has stashed cash worth ₹800 crore to buy MLAs in Delhi and ₹1375 crores to buy MLAs in Punjab.

He added that AAP MLAs in both Delhi and Punjab have made it clear that they won’t betray CM Arvind Kejriwal and CM Bhagwant Mann and will diligently work toward the welfare of the public.

Singh further said that the AAP goes around the nation talking about education, healthcare, electricity and water, but the BJP goes around looking for MLAs to buy.

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