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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed it has secretly recorded a video of a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader trying to bribe an AAP member of legislative assembly (MLA) in return for support to form a government in Delhi.

The party’s national convenor Arvind Kejriwal released the video in which the BJP leader had agreed to pay 4 crore to Dinesh Mohania. The development comes a day before the Supreme Court is to hear a case to end the deadlock over the formation of government in Delhi.

“We will present the Supreme Court with the raw footage of this operation tomorrow when the discussion of government formation in Delhi comes up," Kejriwal said on Monday. “We will also lodge an FIR (first information report) with the police and contact the Election Commission. We will not let BJP form a government in Delhi with corrupt measures."

The BJP issued a show cause notice to Sher Singh Dagar, the party leader who apparently promised money to the AAP legislator. Dagar denied the allegations. The video is said be shot at Dagar’s house where he allegedly offered money to AAP’s Sangam Vihar legislator Mohania.

AAP, which has 27 MLAs in the 70 member assembly, has in the past alleged that BJP had “indulged in horse trading" naming senior leaders of the ruling party.

The party will ask the Election Commission to de-recognize BJP as a political party since it is indulging in corrupt practices, which are in “grave violation" of the Representation of the People Act.

The Congress party has maintained that a re-election should take place. “In Delhi, the BJP is doing politics of horse trading. After 10 months, they are suddenly eager to form government in the state," party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders are also considering taking legal action against AAP members for making these allegations even as senior leaders are of the view that Dagar should be given a chance to present his version of events.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters, “AAP leaders are making false allegations. It is a party which makes accusations."

Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung had last week sent a report to the President, seeking permission to call the single largest party to form a government in the capital.

BJP is the single largest party in the Delhi assembly with 28 legislators. Its ally, Shiromani Akali Dal has one MLA. To form a government, the party needs the support of five more MLAs.

“The sting operation has made things far more complex. It’s now not an issue that is between the parties, LG (lieutenant governor) and the home ministry but one that should be taken cognizance by not only the Supreme Court but also the Election Commission," said Abhay Kumar Dubey, a New Delhi-based political analyst. “It seems that the BJP does not have a strong hold in this issue."

In a separate development, the Congress party on Monday filed a complaint with the Election Commission to cancel a bypoll in Chhattisgarh where the party has alleged that the BJP has used “money power" to pressurize a Congress party candidate to withdraw his nomination.

“It is the first incident of its own kind in the nation in which a national party’s (Congress) candidate along with other 10 independent candidates were forced to withdraw their nominations under the pressure of the police, the administration and a conspiracy," the Chhattisgarh unit of the Congress party wrote to the Election Commission.

Byelection in Antagarh, a Maoist-hit assembly constituency, is set to take place on Saturday.

“This is a danger that lies in front of us about how the official state machinery has been abused to achieve their (BJP’s) own goals," B.K. Hariprasad, general secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) told reporters.

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