NEW DELHI: Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was indulging in horse trading and had offered seven AAP MLAs ₹10 crore to switch parties.
However, the BJP has denied the ‘bizarre allegations’.
“As elections are getting closer, the BJP is coming to its original form. They don’t have any issue with which they are contesting elections in Delhi. The BJP has gone back to its old ways of trying to poach our MLAs. They have approached seven MLA’s and are offering them ₹10 crore. These MLAs have given us details," Sisodia said while addressing a press conference in the national capital.
“The BJP should contest elections on issues and an agenda to change the country. Our MLAs cannot be bought. They have been trying to do this for four years and have only been successful once," he added.
Sisodia said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made similar claims while addressing a public meeting in West Bengal where he alleged that 40 MLAs from the Trinamool Congress were in touch with the BJP.
Responding to the reactions, Delhi BJP media head Ashok Goyal, according to the Press Trust of India, called the allegations an attempt to gain attention.
"The AAP is baffled as it is loosing the elections and its leaders are trying desperately to gain attention by making bizarre allegations. Arvind Kejriwal is not being able to stop the rebellion of AAP MLAs and is dragging the BJP's name in their internal problems."
Seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi go to poll on 12 May. The national capital is seeing a three-way contest among the AAP, BJP and the Congress.
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