A day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley of trying to topple the Arvind Kejriwal government, scores of party workers on Tuesday staged a protest outside Jaitley’s residence in Kailash Colony.
BJP activists soon launched a counter-protest at the same spot, alleging that AAP was just protesting with an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“AAP’s allegation against Jaitley is totally baseless. They are just doing vote-bank politics with an eye on Lok Sabha elections,” Harish Khurana, a BJP leader, said.
As both parties protested at the same place, there were heated arguments between their workers.
Police, which had beefed up security outside Jaitley’s house, had to divide them by putting barricades.
AAP had on Monday accused Modi and Jaitley of trying to topple the Kejriwal government, claiming that they are behind moves to lure MLAs to split the ruling party.
AAP MLA Madan Lal had alleged a person close to Modi had offered him Rs 20 crore to split the party and promised to make him Chief Minister if he could do so.
“Two persons met me around 10-12 day ago. One of them told me that his name is Sanjoy Singh and he has come from Gujarat. He said he is close to Narendra Modi. Singh told me that Modiji wanted me to get the support of around 10 (AAP) MLAs,” he had said without producing any proof to substantiate the allegations.
The Kasturba Nagar MLA had alleged that the person told him that if he succeeded in getting 10 MLAs to leave AAP, then he would be made the CM and his cabinet ministers would be paid Rs 10 crore each.
Lal had also claimed that on midnight of December 7, an unidentified person had telephoned him, saying a prominent leader wanted to talk to him.
“When I asked him who wanted to talk to me, he said Arun Jaitley. After hearing Jaitley’s name, I cut the phone. I could not make a call back on the unknown number,” he had said.
In a tweet, Jaitley had rubbished the allegations. “Rubbish claims by AAP. AAP’s alternative politics includes a fundamental right to falsehood and lies,” he said.