Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party Monday accused BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley of trying to topple the Arvind Kejriwal government, claiming that they were behind moves to lure MLAs to split the party in the Assembly.
AAP MLA Madan Lal alleged that a person close to Modi had offered him Rs 20 crore to split the party and promised to make him Chief Minister if he succeeded.
“Two persons met me around 10-12 days 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 MLAs,” he told a press conference without producing any proof to substantiate his allegations.
The Kasturba Nagar MLA alleged 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 also claimed that at midnight on December 7, an unidentified person 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 said.
Jaitley rubbished the allegations in a tweet. “Rubbish claims by AAP. AAP’s alternative politics includes a fundamental right to falsehood and lies,” he tweeted.
Addressing the press conference, AAP leader Sanjay Singh alleged that Delhi BJP leader Harsh Vardhan and “some media persons” were also “conspiring” to bring down the Kejriwal government.
Asked why he didn’t record the offer by that person as the Kejriwal government was trying to teach the common man of Delhi how to do sting operations of corrupt officials, Lal said he didn’t have such a device.
“Besides, I didn’t want to record the conversation against BJP as this is just my allegation and I don’t want to fall into any legal cases,” he said.
Singh alleged that both the BJP and Congress wanted to create a situation so that the AAP government falls. He also alleged that both these parties were hand-in-glove with electricity distribution companies.
Manish Sisodia has directed the officials of Revenue Department to probe the matter and submit a report.