Led by party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal, a delegation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) met Delhi’s Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday and gave him a copy of the sting video conducted by AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya on Delhi BJP vice-president Sher Singh Dagar.
In a letter submitted with the video footage, Kejriwal asked the Lt-Governor to inform the BJP about the developments and recommend the dissolution of the Delhi Assembly.
Sources in the AAP said the meeting was one of many the party has planned to keep the issue alive. A complaint to the Delhi Police Commissioner was likely on Thursday.
Drawing Jung’s attention to a previous instance where he had reportedly asked for proof against allegations made, Kejriwal said, “From time to time, we have been appraising you about the attempts of the BJP to poach MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party through inducements and threats. In this context, all our MLAs had met you and many of them had narrated what kind of attempts were made to convince them to switch sides. You will recall in that meeting you had asked us why don’t we produce any evidence by conducting a sting operation. We have precisely done that and, with this letter, we are enclosing a copy of the CD and an accompanying transcript of the sting conducted by us to prove our allegation.”
“Dagar attempted to bribe Mohaniya. It has been captured on camera and we are providing you the video CD of the sting, which proves Rs 4 crore was offered to Mohaniya to resign as an MLA,” Kejriwal said.
A source in the Lt-Governor’s office said, “Now that the sting has been received, the Lt-Governor will further examine the matter and decide on the next course of action.”
Kejriwal pointed to similar accusations made by other AAP MLAs. “Mohaniya’s incident is not isolated. The BJP has approached several other MLAs of our party. Our MLA from Shalimar Bagh, Bandana Kumari, was approached and given a life threat in case she revealed anything about the BJP offer. In one of our previous meetings with you, we had handed over the CCTV footage of that incident. It is quite clear now that the BJP wants to form its government in Delhi through horse-trading. Such attempts are unconstitutional. We are of the view that being the L-G of Delhi, you are constitutionally duty-bound to ensure nothing happens against the spirit of the Constitution. Governments can only be formed in accordance with the Constitution and not through illegal manipulations,” he said.
In his letter to Jung, Kejriwal asked that President Pranab Mukherjee be informed of the “developments” and the Assembly dissolved. “In your letter to the hon’ble President of India on September 4, you have recommended that the BJP be invited for government formation. Though the incidents of the last few days have made it amply clear that it is not possible for the BJP to constitutionally form its government,” he wrote.
“We, therefore, humbly request you to apprise the hon’ble President of the developments going on in Delhi in the past few days, particularly attempts by the BJP to make a mockery of the Constitution,” the letter stated. “We once again appeal to you to recommend dissolution of the Delhi Assembly to the President of India.”
On Monday, Kejriwal released the purported sting video at a press conference. Kejriwal claimed the video had caught on tape Dagar offering Rs 4 crore to Mohaniya, to quit the party. Kejriwal claimed the video was shot at Dagar’s house.