AAP Calls For Special Session Of Delhi Assembly On Aug 26, Says BJP Trying To Topple Govt

The AAP leaders have alleged that four MLAs were offered money by the BJP to quit the party.

Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal speaks as Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot looks on during a ceremony to launch 97 electric buses, at Rajghat Bus Depot in New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi has called a special session of the Assembly on Friday, August 26, amid an ongoing political slugfest with BJP. The two parties have been trading allegations as central probe agencies CBI and ED investigate the Arvind Kejriwal government’s excise policy. AAP on Wednesday accused the BJP of trying to lure its MLAs.

The Assembly session is scheduled to be held from 11 am on August 26, according to a notice issued by the Delhi Assembly on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal accused the BJP of trying to “topple” his government, calling it a “serious issue”. The matter was in the AAP’s political Affairs Committee on Wednesday evening. In a meeting of the committee held at Kejriwal’s residence, the panel condemned the BJP’s alleged efforts to lure its MLAs.

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The AAP leaders have alleged that four MLAs were offered money by the BJP to quit the party. AAP’s national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said the legislators — Ajay Dutt, Sanjeev Jha, Somnath Bharati and Kuldeep — have been approached by leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with whom they have “friendly relations”.

“They have been offered Rs 20 crore each if they join the party and Rs 25 crore if they bring other MLAs along with them,” Singh said. Kejriwal was questioned about these claims at an event to flag off 97 electric buses.

The ED has registered a money laundering case against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others to probe the alleged irregularities in the Delhi Excise policy after taking cognisance of a CBI FIR that has named Sisodia and 14 others.

The CBI had conducted raids in the 2021-22 excise policy case on August 19 and had covered the residence of Sisodia in Delhi, that of IAS officer and former Delhi excise commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna and 19 other locations across seven states and Union Territories. Sisodia holds multiple portfolios in the Delhi government including that of excise and education.

The ED will probe if there were alleged irregularities in the formulation and execution of the Delhi Excise Policy unveiled in November last year.

(With PTI inputs)