The Asian Age

BJP to approach cops on AAP’s poaching charge

■ We challenge Kejriwal to present proof of his allegation: Delhi BJP chief

- AGE CORRESPOND­ENT NEW DELHI, JAN. 29

The BJP will lodge a police complaint against the allegation that the saffron party was trying to poach seven AAP MLAs, made by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the party’s Delhi president Virendra Sachdeva said on Monday.

Mr Sachdeva said that a delegation of BJP lawmakers led by Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Ramvir Bidhuri will meet Delhi police commission­er on Tuesday and file a complaint with him to launch an impartial probe into the allegation­s.

“The AAP and Kejriwal should also help us by giving an affidavit that their MLAs were being poached by the BJP to ensure,” Mr Sachdeva said.

Mr Kejriwal, as well as several AAP leaders, had last week claimed that the BJP was trying to break off MLAs of the party by offering them money and election tickets.

Mr Kejriwal had charged that seven AAP MLAs were contacted and offered `25 crores each to defect. He had also alleged that a conspiracy was being hatched to arrest him in the alleged liquor scam and topple his government in Delhi.

“The BJP is going to demand an impartial investigat­ion into the allegation of Mr Kejriwal and his party leaders, in its meeting with the Delhi police commission­er. We challenge Mr Kejriwal to join us to demand the probe along with us and present evidence of his allegation so that the truth comes out,” Mr Sachdeva said. The AAP alleged that seven party MLAs were contacted with offer of `25 crores to each of them and they claimed that after the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister in the alleged liquor scam, the Delhi government will be toppled.

AAP leader Atishi claimed that a recording of one of the callers who contacted an AAP MLA will be put in public domain at the right time.

The BJP challenged Mr Kejriwal to reveal the names of the seven MLAs of his party and of those who contacted them for defection.

The BJP is going to demand an impartial probe into the allegation of Kejriwal, in its meeting with the Delhi police commission­er. We challenge Delhi CM to join us to demand the probe and present evidence of his allegation

— Virendra Sachdeva, Delhi BJP president

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