AAP leader Kumar Vishwas claims he was offered CM's post if he joins BJP

Aug 30 2014, 19:04 IST
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SummaryAmid fresh speculation about BJP considering taking a shot at power, Aam Aadmi Party leader...

Amid fresh speculation about BJP considering taking a shot at power, Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas today claimed a BJP MP had offered that he would be made Delhi chief minister if he switched side along with some AAP MLAs, drawing a sharp rebuttal from BJP which said legal action is being explored against him.

Vishwas, who had unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha polls in Amethi against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, claimed that the BJP MP made the proposal at a meeting on May 19 at his Ghaziabad residence.

Though Vishwas refused to identity the BJP MP, AAP's key leader Sanjay Singh said that it was Manoj Tiwari who had made the offer.

Scotching reports about his alleged involvement, Tiwari said it was a "conspiracy" to tarnish his image by some AAP leaders.

"On May 19, a BJP MP, who happens to be a good friend, visited me along with other party leaders. During talks he made an offer that I switch to BJP and in return I would be made the Chief Minister and that the higher-ups were aware of the move.

"The BJP MP said if I agreed with his proposal he would take me to his senior leaders. I humbly declined it," Vishwas alleged.

The AAP leader's remarks came amid indications by the BJP that it was ready to take a shot at forming government in the city if invited by the Lt Governor.

The BJP rubbished the claim of Vishwas and accused the AAP leader of making baseless allegations for political gain and challenged him to provide proof to back his claim.

Strongly rubbishing the allegations, Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay said legal action was being explored against the AAP leader for making baseless allegations.

"It seems Arvind Kejriwal has written a new script for Vishwas. He should reveal the name of the BJP MP who had made the offer. This kind of baseless allegations have been made by Kejriwal in the past also and I think Vishwas is following his path," Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay said.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "Statement of Vishwas should be looked more for entertainment value than for political value".

BJP, along with its ally Akali Dal's one MLA, had won 32 seats in the 70-member assembly in December polls. The number of BJP MLAs has come down to 28 as three party legislators Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and

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