New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas has made serious allegations against the Bharatiya Janata Party saying that a BJP MP asked him to join the party and help it win Delhi elections.
Vishwas, who lost the parliamentary elections from Amethi constituency made the startling claims while speaking to a leading newspaper.
The AAP leader, considered to be a close confidante of his party convenor Arvind Kejriwal said that a BJP MP had met him on May 19 at his residence and persuaded him to join the party. “The MP claimed he was meeting me at the behest of top BJP leaders and offered him the chief minister's post,” Vishwas said.
While speaking to ANI, Vishwas questioned BJP's reluctance to contest polls in Delhi, while the latter is ready for polls in Haryana and Maharashtra.
Surprisingly, the activist-turned politician refused to name the BJP politician citing personal relations.
Laying credentials to Vishwas' claims, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that BJP MP and Bhojpuri actor Manoj Tiwari had met his party colleague on 19th May and said that if he could bring 18 MLAs along with him, the BJP will make him the CM.
Tiwari who is an MP from northeast Delhi refuted the charges and said if needed, he will file a defamation case but only after talking to his seniors.
Another AAP leader Somnath Bharti said whatever Vishwas is saying is true and accused the BJP of betraying the people with false promises.
Meanwhile, the BJP has reacted strongly to Vishwas' claims. Party MP Satish Upadhyay said, it seems Kejriwal has written a new script for Vishwas and dared him to reveal the name of the BJP leader who approached him.
Congress has also ridiculed Vishwas assertions and said AAP leaders are making such allegations to stay politically relevant. Party leader Barkha Shukla accused AAP members of being greedy for power.
Delhi has been under the President's rule since February 17 this year after AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the Chief Minister in protest against the Lieutenant Governor's refusal to allow the introduction of the 'Janlokpal Bill' in the Assembly.
The Supreme Court had earlier this month asked the Centre to take a decision on holding the Delhi Assembly elections following a petition filed by the Aam Aadmi Party asking for the dissolution of the Assembly and fresh polls.