After alleging that the BJP offered money to Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dinesh Mohaniya to resign, AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Friday said that his party had conducted more such “sting operations”. At The Indian Express Idea Exchange programme, Sisodia said that “around 15 MLAs” were approached by the BJP, and that the AAP would release videos to back this at a later stage.
“Yes, we have certain recordings, but I can’t reveal this in Idea Exchange right now. The only thing I will say is that they tried to contact around 15 of our MLAs, out of which three or four, they believed, would break away. One of them must have been Dinesh Mohaniya,” Sisodia said.
The AAP had released a video on Monday, which purportedly showed Delhi BJP vice-president Sher Singh Dagar talking with Mohaniya, the AAP MLA from Sangam Vihar, about resigning in exchange for money. Following the incident, the BJP had issued a showcause notice to Dagar.
Explaining how AAP MLAs were allegedly approached by the BJP, Sisodia said, “They first come to our MLAs’ office, then go back, the sequence is like that. We have not told our MLAs to go to BJP MLAs and knock at their doors for conducting stings, but it is obvious our MLAs are being approached. It begins with a small-level worker approaching our MLAs, that is the sequence… We have recordings in several cases.”
Responding to Amit Shah’s comment that a junior-level worker’s actions should not be considered a reflection of the party’s stand, Sisodia said, “The state V-P is not a lower-level worker.”
With Delhi under President’s rule since the AAP government resigned after 49 days in power, Sisodia attacked Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for not dissolving the Assembly so that fresh elections could take place.
“Of everything LG sir has done till now, the letter written by him was the most shocking for us. In his letter, instead of expressing his opinion, he has expressed his wish… He already knows what the situation is. Twenty-seven MLAs of the Assembly are filing complaints that these are the practices that are being followed, there are attempts for horse trading, attempts to threaten MLAs. He should take into account the fact that 27 MLAs are writing to him. He hasn’t considered this at all. Instead, he just looked at the mathematics, seen which is the single largest party, and tried to give them an option once.
That is not correct. Instead, he could have apprised the president of the entire situation, he could have told him that on one side, this is the largest party, and on the other side, AAP’s 27 MLAs have also come to me and said that these guys are trying to horse trade and threaten. We have written a letter to the President about this.”
He added, “Obviously, this (Jung’s decision) is not happening without BJP’s directions. The BJP is the party at the Centre right now… Without BJP’s knowledge, this can’t happen.”