Gaziabad: In a bid to checkmate BJP, Aam Aadmi Party said it is in contact with Congress, JD(U) and some “honest” BJP legislators to prevent the saffron party from forming government in Delhi through “ill means”.
At a press conference on Tuesday, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the BJP was in touch with 15 AAP MLAs and he will come out with “more sting tapes if the need arises”.
Kejriwal had on Monday released a video of a “sting operation” in which BJP’s Delhi unit Vice President Sher Singh Dagar allegedly offered bribe to AAP MLA from Sangam Vihar Dinesh Mohania to switch sides.
“I want to make it very clear that AAP is in touch with all the parties…with (independent MLA from Mundka) Rambeer Shokeen, (JDU MLA) Shoaib Iqbal, (expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar) Binny, the Congress and even some honest MLAs from the BJP.
“By saying this we make it clear that we are not aiming to form the government, but we want to stop the BJP from forming the government through dishonest means. We are in favour of elections,” Kejriwal said.
The former Delhi Chief Minister also accused Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung of batting for the BJP and demanded that letter written by Lieutenant Governor to the President seeking his permission to invite the BJP for government formation should be withdrawn immediately.
“It is LG’s constitutional responsibility to see that there is no assault on the constitution. We are also meeting the LG tomorrow and will hand him over the CD and apprise him of BJP’s plan of horse trading for forming the government.
“The letter written by the LG to the president should be immediately withdrawn and revised,” he said.
He also announced to launch a campaign to “expose” the saffron party before the people.
“We will go to the people of Delhi with the video clip and tell how the BJP is trying to buy our MLAs and expose the way they were trying to form a government in Delhi by putting all ethics and morality on the backburner,” said Kejriwal.
He said that the party is going to write to the President that the BJP should not be given a chance to form the government in Delhi.
He wondered why BJP was “afraid” of polls. “It is their government, their governor, they have 7 MPs then why they don’t want to go for elections in the national capital,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal said AAP will meet the Delhi Police Commissioner tomorrow so that an FIR could be registered in the sting operation case.
“We are also meeting the Election Commission to present this case before them,” the AAP chief said.
He also raised questions over the language used in the letter sent by the LG to the President.
Kejriwal said that in his letter to the President, the “LG has said ‘I shall be grateful if the honourable President of India grants approval to invite the BJP that is even today the single largest party in the legislature to seek their interest in forming the government’.
“Why is he grateful if BJP is invited?”