BJP paying Rs. 20 crore for each new MLA, claims Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has accused the BJP of trying to “buy MLAs” and engaging in horse-trading even as reports claim that the later is looking to form the government in Delhi.

“BJP is resorting to dishonest and highly unethical methods of trying to form the government by offering Rs 20 crore each to many MLAs. Is this democracy? It is completely wrong.

“If the BJP forms the government using such illegitimate methods and by spending hundreds of crores, then such a dishonest government will only increase your electricity bills, indulge in corruption and price rise.

“Would a government formed through dishonest means like horse-trading be able to provide safety for women?” Kejriwal said in a recorded message which is expected to be used by AAP to reach out to people by way of phone calls.

The message, Kejriwal also takes a dig at the Prime Minister. “Why is Mr Narendra Modi silent? It is too much. The people of Delhi can no longer remain silent.”

After assuming office as the new Delhi BJP President, Satish Upadhyay had said that a call would soon be taken on whether to form the government in Delhi or seek fresh polls.

“A decision on whether to go for fresh polls or whether to form government will be taken by senior leaders after taking the views of the MLAs and MPs. The decision will be taken as soon as possible,” Upadhyay had said.

A significant number of party MLAs have reportedly told its leadership that they are not willing to face fresh polls and have called for attempts to be made at government formation.

BJP had won 31 seats in the Delhi Assembly polls of December last year but its number has come down to 28 in the 70-member house as three of its MLAs — Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma — were elected to Lok Sabha in the recent general elections. The party has the support of the lone Shiromani Akali Dal MLA.

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