On the eve of a Supreme Court Constitutional Bench hearing on whether fresh polls should be held in Delhi, the AAP released a sting operation video on Monday that purportedly shows Delhi BJP vice-president Sher Singh Dagar and his aide Raghubir Dahiya allegedly offering an apparent amount of Rs 4 crore to AAP MLA from Sangam Vihar, Dinesh Mohaniya, for his resignation.
In the purported sting video, Dagar is heard telling Mohaniya that they are also in touch with other MLAs. The release of the video comes just days after indications from the BJP that it may form a minority government in the national capital.
The meeting between Dagar, Dahiya, Mohaniya and AAP worker Vivek Yadav purportedly took place on September 7, at 2:30 pm, two days before the Supreme Court hearing. While Dagar and Dahiya can both be seen and heard in the video, Mohaniya and Yadav can only be heard.
“Aapko jo shanka hai wo bata do, jo requirement hai wo bata do, sab cheez bata do. Kal humein is par action lena hai (Tell us whatever doubts you have, requirements, tell us everything. We have to take action on this tomorrow),” Dagar purportedly says in the video.
In a purported reference to the money offered, Yadav says, “Paanch karenge na inka? (You will give him five?).”
Dagar purportedly replies: “Chaar ki baat hui thi na. (We had decided on four).”
Dahiya then says, “Nahi chaar ki baat hui thi Bhaisahab ka… 20 lakh unke (waving his arms at Yadav)… Agar chaar se badhaani hai to upar baat karlo (No, he had said four…20 lakh for him… If you want more than four, talk to higher authorities).”
Dahiya also purportedly assures Mohaniya that he would get a ticket for the repolls, with all his expenses paid for, and would be given chairmanship of a government-run board if he fails to win a seat.
“Usme yeh hua hai ki yeh jitne bhi vidhayak honge, sabko ticket denge, chunaav ka kharcha denge. By the way, jeet na pao to chairman bana denge, yeh sab clear ho jayegi (All the MLAs will get tickets and funds for fighting elections. By the way, if someone loses the polls, he will be made a chairman… it will be all clear,” he purportedly says.
The video begins with Dagar purportedly telling Mohaniya and Yadav that an agreement has to be reached by “tomorrow”, conveying the urgency of the situation. While the AAP members press for information on the other three or four persons that are to “resign”, the names are not revealed, but Dagar says that the four are all AAP members. Dagar also purportedly calls up the party high command to assure the AAP MLA.
Distancing themselves from Dagar, at least two BJP leaders on Monday said there was a clear signal from the party’s “highest authorities” not to try and form a government in Delhi by breaking another party.
Dagar denied that he had offered Mohaniya any money. “After Narendra Modi’s victory, they wanted to join the party. I told them to resign, which is what the video shows. I didn’t offer money to an AAP MLA. They came to my house. I did not invite them. If these allegations are proved correct, I will leave politics,” he said.
“They first contacted me more than a month ago. I was told that they knew senior BJP leaders. I played along with them and fixed up a meeting, always informing the party leadership of what was going on,” said Mohaniya.
Flanked by the party’s senior leadership, including Mohaniya and Yadav, Kejriwal said, “We will not let the BJP form the government at any cost. They are duping the people of Delhi. We will ask our lawyers for advice on what can be done about this sting, and may register an FIR as well. We will present the raw footage of this video before the Supreme Court tomorrow.”
Kejriwal said the sting had been carried out after he told his party MLAs to carry out “conversations” with the BJP and trap them. “We wanted to be in a position where we could show you the money that they have given. But we pulled out when they insisted that once the money is given, they (Mohaniya and Yadav) would have to go with them, and there could have been danger. If now something happens to both these men, it is the BJP that will be responsible. I want to make one thing clear. There is no AAP MLA that is breaking away and we have more evidence, and when the time comes, more such instances will be revealed. They have a lot of money, but we have junoon,” he said.
Condemning the BJP’s alleged “bid to buy MLAs in an unconstitutional and unethical manner to form a BJP government in Delhi,” Delhi PCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely demanded an impartial inquiry and sought the arrest of the those involved.
Lovely expressed surprise at how a BJP office-bearer could take such an important decision. He alleged that the top leaders of the BJP were behind this “scandal”. While he accused the BJP of being on a “buying spree”, he also targeted the AAP for engaging in “back-door politics” to help BJP form a government.
‘Chaar ki baat hui thi’
Vivek Yadav (AAP worker): Paanch karenge na inka?
Sher Singh Dagar: Chaar ki baat hui thi na.
Raghubir Dahiya (Dagar’s aide): Nahin, chaar ki baat hui thi… 20 lakh unke (waving his arms at Yadav)… Agar chaar se badhaani hai to upar baat karlo.
Dagar: Aapko jo shanka hai wo bata do, jo requirement hai… sab cheez bata do. Kal humein is par action lena hai.
Dahiya: Yeh jitne bhi vidhayak honge,
sabko ticket denge, chunaav ka kharcha denge… jeet na pao to chairman bana denge, yeh sab clear ho jayegi.