AAP MLAs given ₹25cr each: Kejriwal claims BJP attempting to overthrow Delhi administration

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Delhi’s Chief Minister Accuses BJP of Attempting to Topple His Government

Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of machinating to undermine his governance. As part of the alleged political scheme, he reports that BJP offered Rs.25 crore to AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) MLAs in exchange for their allegiance.

Arrest Allegations

Kejriwal further suggested that the BJP assured his MLAs of his imminent arrest, marking the beginning of the endeavour to destabilise the AAP government in Delhi. He stated, echoing the supposed dialogue between BJP and his MLAs.

Despite claims of BJP negotiating with twenty-one MLAs, Kejriwal argues that they had only reached out to seven of his MLAs, and all seven had refused their offer.

Similar Allegations at Press Conference

The allegations shared by the AAP chief echoed statements made at a press conference by Delhi cabinet minister Atishi, held at the AAP headquarters in New Delhi. She claimed that not only was the BJP allegedly planning Kejriwal’s arrest, but they were also orchestrating a so-called Operation Lotus 2.0.

Evidence

When asked for proof to support these substantial allegations, Atishi outlined that an audio recording captured a conversation between a BJP leader and an AAP MLA. The speculative narrative includes the planned arrest of Kejriwal and the strategies involved in the purported concerted poaching of AAP MLAs. The authenticity of these claims and the identity of the BJP leader involved in this claimed conversation remain unconfirmed.

Rubbishing these allegations, Delhi BJP secretary Harish Khurana argued that the claims are baseless and that the AAP failed to produce any solid evidence or name the BJP leader supposedly embroiled in this plot. Furthermore, Khurana suggested that the allegations are a diversionary tactic employed by the AAP to detract from ongoing issues with the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

AAP Stance

Maintaining that all AAP MLAs are united and resilient, Kejriwal asserted that the alleged plans to overthrow his government are naked political ploys. He allegated the BJP’s intentions weren’t to investigate a supposed “liquor scam” but aimed to destabilise the AAP’s governance.

Past Arrest Claims

Kejriwal and his party have previously alleged possible arrest scenarios linked to his dealings with the excise case. The AAP has often voiced concerns about alleged attempts by the BJP to poach their MLAs since they won the Delhi assembly seats in 2013.

Previous Toppling Attempts

Atishi added that the history of the BJP’s attempts to upend opposition governments is extensive, citing operations as Operation Lotus orchestrated in various states such as Maharashtra, Goa, and Madhya Pradesh. In 2013 and again in 2022, the BJP allegedly offered Rs.20 crore to each AAP MLA in an unsuccessful bid to secure their loyalty.

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