Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh
New Delhi: In a scathing attack, senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, said on Tuesday that the Aam Aadmi Party was a party of pathological liars.
Jaitley wrote on his official site that AAP created falsehood and then convinced themselves of its truth. He wrote in his blog - “When an Aam Aadmi Party MLA made some irresponsible statements without any supporting evidence dragging my name along with that of Narendra Modi in an unnecessary controversy, I had rubbished the charge. Today, to further pursue the allegations which the AAP has manufactured, they decided to hold a protest at my residence. I am convinced that AAP is a party of pathological liars. They create a falsehood and then convince themselves of its truth.”
The BJP leader also hit back at AAP MLA Madan Lal from Kasturba Nagar, who had claimed that he was approached multiple times with offers of money and position to make him break away from the party and make the government fall in Delhi. Lal claimed that he was first approached on the intervening night of December 7-8 when he received a call from an international location, in which the caller had offered to fix a meeting with Arun Jaitley the next morning.
Jaitley writes - “Neither Narendra Modi nor I am aware of who is this Madan Lal, MLA. He claims that he was approached on telephone on 7th December, 2013 with an offer to meet me. He does not know the name of the person who telephoned him. Nor does he know the number from where the phone came. He has not even checked his call data records to provide him the identity of the caller if such a call did exist.”
He further adds, “On 7th December,2013 the results of the Delhi election had not yet been declared. Madan Lal was not an MLA. Most people in Delhi did not visualize that he would be an MLA or that his party will get a sizeable number of seats. Why should somebody call him for a dubious purpose before his election as an MLA.”
The BJP leader also makes the following points - “He further claims that some 10-12 day ago some person from Gujarat approached him with a significant offer of bribe. He does not know the name of the person who approached him or his status or designation. He did not follow his party’s advice that bribe must be accepted and the bribe giver should be subjected to a sting operation. He chose to keep quiet for about 10 days.”
Jaitley also mentions Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed in his blog. “Curiously, the AICC general secretary, Shakeel Ahmed made a statement about these incidents of alleged bribe giving an hour before Madan Lal’s press conference.”
He concludes by saying - “The absurdity of his claim is evident. The facts speak for themselves. But the AAP appears to be creating a falsehood, convince itself of its truth and keep pursuing the matter even if it is absurd and false on the face of it.”
The supporters of AAP had launched a protest outside the residence of BJP leader today and had held placards with “Down with Arun Jaitley” written on them.
The protests came a day after the claims made by AAP in which the party blamed Jaitley, along with other BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Harsh Vardhan of trying to tempt AAP candidates with money and position to break away from Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
However, AAP MLA Madan Lal said that he had no evidence to support the allegations against the BJP.