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AAP claims BJP offered Rs 20 crore each to 4 MLAs to switch sides

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had approached four of its Delhi MLAs, asking them to join the saffron party or else, face "false cases, the CBI and the ED".
Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Sanjay Singh, AAP's national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP said the MLAs – Ajay Dutt, Sanjeev Jha, Somnath Bharati and Kuldeep Kumar – had been approached by the BJP leaders with whom they had "friendly relations".

एक तरफ़ @ArvindKejriwal जी हैं जो India को नंबर 1 बनाना चाहते है और दूसरी तरफ मोदी जी है जो राज्यो को आपस मे लड़ाना… https://t.co/s2mWQS3etO

— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) 1661328900000
Taking to Twitter, Delhi chief minister and AAP's national convenor Arvind Kejriwal said it is "a very serious matter" and a meeting of the party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) has been convened at his residence at 4pm to "take stock of the situation and chalk out further strategy".

ये बेहद गंभीर मामला है। स्थिति का जायज़ा लेने के लिए और आगे की रणनीति बनाने के लिए आज शाम 4 बजे अपने निवास पर हमारी… https://t.co/AUM8QW7rBj

— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1661325265000
"They (the four AAP legislators) have been offered Rs 20 crore each if they join the BJP and Rs 25 crore if they bring other MLAs along with them," Singh said.
"They (BJP leaders) told our MLAs that if they do not accept the offer and join the BJP, they will also have to face false cases, the CBI and the ED like (Delhi deputy chief minister) Manish Sisodia is facing," he added.
Singh accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making efforts to bring AAP legislators into the BJP-fold "by hook or crook" and topple the Kejriwal government.
"Modiji is trying to make AAP MLAs break away from the party and topple the Delhi government by misusing probe agencies, sending his people to offer money to them and threaten them of consequences if they do not switch sides," he said.
Singh claimed that the BJP leaders with whom Dutt, Jha, Bharati and Kumar have "friendly relations" came to meet them with the saffron party's "offer".
"The experiment that was successful in (the case of Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde in Maharashtra) and failed in the case of Manish Sisodia is now being tried on our MLAs," he said.
"Shame on you Modiji," Singh said and asked the prime minister to "stop" making such efforts and focus on addressing issues like price rise and unemployment that the country is facing.
AAP MLAs can neither be intimated nor lured by money for switching sides as they have come out of a "movement", the Rajya Sabha member asserted while referring to the Anna Hazare-led India Against Corruption movement of 2011 during the days of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre.
The four AAP MLAs who have allegedly been approached by the BJP were also present at the press conference.

मुझे तोड़ने में फेल हो गए,तो अब AAP के अन्य विधायको को 20-20 करोड़ का ऑफर देकर, रेड का डर दिखाकर उन्हें तोड़ने की… https://t.co/G5wlvMjX2A

— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) 1661322762000
Taking to Twitter, Sisodia warned the BJP-led Centre against making efforts to "poach" AAP MLAs by misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and offering money, and said they will "give up" their lives but will not betray their party as they are the "soldiers" of Kejriwal and followers of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
(With inputs from PTI)

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