Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today attacked the BJP leadership, saying it was trying to buy out MLAs from Telangana Chief Minister KCR’s party and demanded if he was found Involvement led to the arrest of Federal Home Minister Amit Shah.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader claimed that the BJP had earlier carried out poaching attempts in Delhi, Punjab and eight other states. He said the “dirty game” played by the BJP was re-emerging, this time in Telangana.
Referring to an audio clip in which three men allegedly tried to bribe some Telangana Rashtra Samithi (recently renamed Bharat Rashtra Samithi) MLAs to switch to BJP, which reportedly referred to a ‘Shah ji’, Mr Sisodia said: ‘If’ Shaji’ is indeed Union Home Minister Amit Shah, then he should be arrested and questioned. Because if a broker is found to have bought a mutual legal assistance and the name of the country’s Home Minister is in it, then it is Very dangerous for the whole country.”
Three men were detained in Telangana last Wednesday for allegedly trying to poach the priorities of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s party. After the court rejected police’s plea, the men came out freely and sought their custody.
The accused was arrested at a farmhouse near Hyderabad. Police said they were arrested for bribing four TRS priorities to switch to the BJP.
Speaking to the media today on what the BJP called “Operation Lotus” in Telangana, Mr Sisodia said: “On October 27, some of you reported that there was a raid in Cyberabad, three Pimp arrested worth Rs 100 crore. There are also pictures of those touts. These brokers were caught running BJP’s Operation Lotus. The three brokers are Ramchandra Bharti, Simaiah and Nand Kumar.
Referring to the recording of the conversation between the three arrested men and some of the TRS’ MLAs, Mr Sisodia said: “On October 28, the audio of their entire conversation came out. These people, especially Bharti, are trying to get the Those shifts in focus from TRS to BJP.”
In August, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP leadership accused the BJP of giving Rs 200 crore to its MLA to overthrow its government in Delhi. The BJP refutes these claims.
Speaking of the BJP’s alleged attempt to poach AAP’s Delhi priorities, Mr Sisodia today quoted a second recording in which he claimed some of the “touts” were talking about Delhi’s botched actions.
“A new audio came out today. It was also a conversation between Telangana’s MLA and the touts of Operation Lotus. In the audio, one of the touts revealed that they did try it in Delhi. He said they were trying to get The focus of the 43 AAPs in Delhi has shifted to the BJP,” Mr Sisodia claimed.
“The problem is that you have arranged for Rs 1,075 crore to buy these MLAs. Whose money is this and where did it come from?” he asked. Mr Sisodia called for an investigation into the entire incident, saying the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) should be involved in tracking down the funds.
Referring to the audio clips allegedly referring to “BL” and “Shah ji”, Mr Sisodia said people need to know if “Shah ji” was referring to Federal Home Minister Amit Shah and “BL” was referring to the BJP leader BL Santosh.