At least 53 AAP MLAs turned up for the meeting at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence today, others are in touch with the party.
New Delhi: At least 53 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs turned up for the meeting on Thursday at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, and it is being said that all the legislators are in touch with the party.
As many as eight MLAs are absent from the national capital, including Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Speaker Ram Niwas Goyal, Gulab Singh, Vinay Kumarand Shivcharan Goel, Gulab Singh, Dinesh Mohaniya and Mukesh Ahlawat. MLAs who were unable to attend the meeting participated through video-conferencing.
“BJP will not be able to break us. AAP MLAs are trustworthy and won’t defect, “AAP leader Durgesh Pathak said.”
The meeting was called in a hurry by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal because political uncertainty was in the air in the national capital. AAP leaders alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to poach AAP MLAs. AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh on Wednesday alleged that four party MLAs-Ajay Dutt, Sanjeev Jha, Somnath Bharati, and Kuldeep-were offered Rs 20 crore each by the BJP if they switch sides and Rs 25 crore if they bring other party leaders with them.
Earlier, ahead of the crucial meeting called by Arvind Kejriwal to discuss alleged poaching attempts by the BJP, at least a dozen AAP MLAs went incommunicado, as per the sources.
Meanwhile, the AAP government called a special session of the Delhi Assembly on Friday in response to CBI and ED investigations, raids on its ministers, and BJP’s “poaching” operations. The Kejriwal-led AAP government is making all efforts to divert people’s attention from the Delhi government’s liquor “scam”. The BJP has challenged the AAP to reveal the names of those who allegedly contacted its MLAs with an offer to switch sides.