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AAP, BJP spar over allegations of `horse-trading` in Delhi

By Hemant Abhishek | Last Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 20:57

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: There was a heated exchange of words on Saturday after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) heaped allegations of `horse-trading` for MLAs on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Rajesh Garg, AAP MLA from Rohini, accused BJP workers of offering him money to switch sides. "It’s a fact not an allegation, I haven’t said anything new. I lodged an FIR right after the call was made by Nand Kishore Garg from a private number," he said.

BJP retorted by saying that the allegations were baseless. "This is all rubbish, non sense. It doesn’t require any comment," BJP leader Dr Harshvardhan said.

BJP also took potshots at AAP`s `referendum` seeking public opinion on government formation in Delhi. "They work as Congress `B team`, this SMS politics won’t work for long," said BJP`s Vijender Gupta.

Senior BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi seconded, saying, "AAP is doing `nautanki` (charade), a serial of data collection. They will do whatever Congress asks them to."

Over the referendum issued by the AAP on government formation, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal said that the party has received a good response from Delhiites.

Kejriwal added that while some have said that the party should stay away from allying with either the Congress or the BJP, others have asked them to go ahead with government formation.

He said that both the viewpoints should be respected and asserted that the party will take the decision in accordance with public opinion.

First Published: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 20:22
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