AAP to submit 'Operation Pardafash' video to SC, EC today, seek action against BJP

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will on Tuesday submit the "raw footage" of the "sting operation" to the Supreme Court, which shows a BJP leader offering money to one of its legislators, inducing him to quit the Assembly to improve the BJP's chances of forming a government in Delhi.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2014, 09:59 AM IST
AAP  to submit 'Operation Pardafash' video to SC, EC today, seek action against BJP

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will on Tuesday submit the "raw footage" of the "sting operation" to the Supreme Court, which shows a BJP leader offering money to one of its legislators, inducing him to quit the Assembly to improve the BJP's chances of forming a government in Delhi.

AAP will also approach the Election Commission to submit the video.

Addressing a press conference AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Monday claimed that AAP MLA from Sangam Vihar, Dinesh Mohania, was offered Rs 4 crore by Delhi BJP vice president Sher Singh Dagar to quit the party.

The grainy video shot covertly shows Dagar making the bribe offer to Mohaniya if he resigned so as to bring down the effective strength of the hung Delhi Assembly.

In the video, played at a press conference addressed by AAP leader and former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Dagar is seen exhorting Mohaniya to resign from the AAP and promising him money if he did so.

"Char le lena (Take four)," Dagar is heard saying. Kejriwal said "char" stood for Rs.4 crore. Dagar also says in the video that after accepting a "token amount", Mohaniya won't be allowed to go anywhere until the floor test is taken in the Delhi assembly.

Dagar is also heard claiming that some other legislators, including three from the AAP, were ready to resign too.

The BJP has criticised the video but made no effort to defend Dagar.

"They (AAP) have been doing this for long. Earlier they made allegations against (now central minister) Nitin Gadkari ... and now again they are attacking us. This is an attempt to defame the party," BJP leader Vijender Gupta said.

But Gupta quickly added: "Even if Dagar interacted with the (AAP) MLA, it was in his personal capacity and not as a leader of the BJP."

In the 2012 Delhi polls, while BJP had won 31 seats in the 70-member house, AAP had won 28 seats and Congress managed to bag only 8.

BJP, the single party has 28 MLAs in a House of 70. Its ally Akali Dal has one MLA. BJP had won 31 seats but three party legislators Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma were elected to Lok Sabha and had to resign their Assembly seats.

Delhi has been under President's rule since February 17 following resignation of Arvind Kejriwal-led-AAP government which was in power for 49 days.

The government led by Kejriwal had resigned on February 14 after the party's pet project, the Janlokpal Bill, could not be passed due to opposition from BJP and Congress.