BJP poaching MLAs, order fresh polls: AAP to Pranab

Kejriwal wrote that a dent in BJP’s popularity had resulted in the party shying away from Assembly polls.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Published:July 4, 2014 4:32 am
AAP MLAs outside Rashtrapati Bhavan after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal) AAP MLAs outside Rashtrapati Bhavan after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Claiming that the BJP was “making desperate attempts to poach MLAs from other parties”, all 27 MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party met President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday evening and asked that the Delhi Assembly be dissolved.

“In a letter submitted to Pranab, AAP national convenor and New Delhi MLA Arvind Kejriwal said the BJP had approached 15 MLAs over the past few days, offering them money ranging from  Rs 10 crore to 20 crore.

Kejriwal’s letter said, “In the last few days, BJP has approached 15 of our MLAs, with offers of ministerial berths, properties and cash ranging from Rs 10 crore to Rs 20 crore. When this did not work, the BJP has now resorted to making life threats on our MLAs. On the evening of July 1, 2014, Bandana Kumari, our MLA from Shalimar Bagh, was given a life threat. She has already filed a police complaint in this regard. We are attaching a CD with this letter which contains CCTV footage of the people who came to threaten Bandana Kumari.”

Hitting out at the NDA government, Kejriwal wrote that a dent in BJP’s popularity had resulted in the party shying away from Assembly polls.  “The NDA government was sworn in on May 26 at the Centre. People had very high hopes from this new government. In the last one month, however, the hopes of people have been shattered because the prices of almost all commodities have been rising. No steps have been taken to check corruption and no steps have been taken so far which could give people a hope that things would improve in the future. This has severely dented BJP’s popularity… They are afraid that if elections are held in the near future, BJP would lose very badly. Therefore, BJP is making desperate attempts to poach MLAs from other parties,” Kejriwal wrote.

Calling President Pranab their last hope, Kejriwal said, “We would urge you to kindly save the Constitution by dissolving the Delhi Assembly and ordering fresh elections immediately…”

Shakeel Ahmed, Congress general secretary and in-charge in Delhi, said, “As far as I know, no Congress MLA has been approached by the BJP.  But we aren’t surprised by their attempts to resort to unethical means.”

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  1. I
    Jul 4, 2014 at 2:23 am
    another piece of drama by kejriwal! he want to be in news always!!
  2. T
    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:17 am
    What is preventing AAP MLAs enbloc resigning their embly seats,this way they need not wait for LG to dissolve the embly. If embly is not dissolved and BJP goes to LG and gets to form Govt 27 bye elections will be held in one lot and if AAP gets 14/27 then we can understand the present embly has lost mandate of Delhi voters.
  3. C
    chahat thakkar
    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:29 am
    Arvind is back on doing what he does best. 'Aarop pe Aarop, Aarop pe Aarop'. I guess, usey zameen par utara a hai isiliye.
  4. R
    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:49 am
    Kejariwal you are right, Acche din ke spane batane wale unable to deliver. They have purchased media. we need to suffer another 4 years, 10 months. Only NDTV showing reality,
  5. G
    Jul 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm
    AK has severe attention deficit symptoms, and badly needs limelight, even after being proven a complete failure in every type of capability and potential. What a waste that keeps moving around and then talks of stink every where, Fresh election in Delhi VS were of no interest to them in the first place.
  6. N
    Jul 4, 2014 at 9:57 am
    Kejriwal wanted to be chief minister again because his ambition to become a elected M.P and bargain for power has miserably misjudged by media and his followers.
  7. P
    Pradeep Kapoor
    Jul 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    Arvind Kejriwal is nothing but a 'drama master'.having being exposed for what he is,a petty politician with larger than life ambition,he is stooping to even lower depths to keep himself in news.His current representation to the President is a case in point.Whenever elections are held in Delhi,BJP shall sweep it and Arvind Kejriwal will be deposited in the dustbin of failed politicians.
  8. S
    Jul 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    Nice idea it should be explored by EC. Day kejriwal seeks resignation of his MLAs, it would be clear to him about his grip on the latter.
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