'BJP attempting to buy 7 AAP MLAs at Rs 10 crore each'

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. PTI file photo

The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday made a sensational claim that BJP has approached seven of its MLAs, offering them Rs 10 crore each to join the saffron party.

The claim was made Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and was immediately denied by BJP, who termed it "bizarre" and a "desperate bid to gain attention".

Alleging that the BJP had tried to "buy" AAP MLAs earlier too, Sisodia said they were given an appropriate response by the public, and claimed they would receive a befitting reply this time too.

"Since the BJP does not have any development issue to raise, it has now come down to indulging in horse trading by attempting to buy seven of our MLAs at Rs 10 crore each," he told reporters.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments in West Bengal that 40 Trinamool Congress MLAs are in touch with him, Sisodia said, "It does not suit the prime minister to make such comments. He (Modi) should realise that India is a democratic country and he is here because of democracy."

"Our MLAs are not for sale. Modi and Amit Shah should even try that. You are trying to buy them out and we are getting every information about your attempts," he said.

Modi should fight the election on his agenda, Sisodia said, and asserted that the BJP would lose the votes it got earlier if it indulges in horse-trading.

Reacting to Sisodia's comments, Delhi BJP media head Ashok Goyal claimed that the AAP is "baffled as it is losing" the election.

"Arvind Kejriwal is unable to stop the rebellion of AAP MLAs and is dragging the BJP's name in their internal problems," he added. 

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