Hours after rebellion within the Aam Aadmi Party came to the fore on Wednesday with Laxmi Nagar MLA Vinod Kumar Binny threatening to hold a tell-all press conference on Thursday, leaders of the BJP said they were in touch with four AAP MLAs, including Binny.
The BJP, however, is not too keen to get involved in AAP’s affairs, till the Lok Sabha elections are held, in the hope that the “government will collapse under the weight of its own contradictions”.
BJP sources said they were in touch with four AAP MLAs — two of whom are from West Delhi.
“We have been in touch with V K Binny from the day he spoke against AAP the first time. On that occasion, he had said he was upset because he was not made a Cabinet minister. But this was denied by his party leader Kejriwal,” a senior BJP leader said.
The leader said despite being in touch with AAP MLAs, the party has decided not to take any steps as it feels that the AAP will face more rebellions in days to come.
“The directions from the BJP brass are not to get involved in AAP affairs, but to keep ourselves in the know of all crucial developments in the AAP. If the present circumstances persist, they themselves will become the reason of their fall,” another BJP leader said.
On Wednesday, Binny had said, “There is a lot of difference between what AAP had promised and how the government is now working. I will divulge all these things in a press conference tomorrow to ensure accountability and transparency in the party. I am not upset over anything. The party is deviating from the main issues.”
In response, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Binny had been demanding crucial posts in the government and the party. “Binny first came to me and asked for a minister’s post (on December 24) and then he came to demand a Lok Sabha ticket. I refused him. If he had a problem with me or the party, he should have voiced it in the meeting of the MLAs, but he did not,” Kejriwal said.
Rebutting Kejriwal’s comments, Binny said, “It is the biggest lie if he (Kejriwal) has made the statement that I went to him for a Lok Sabha ticket. I also never sought the post of minister.”