Kumar Vishwas, who is one of the leader of Aam Aadmi Party. He said “BJP offered him Delhi’s chief ministership”.
According to the promise the party and 12 AAP MLAs who did not want elections were willing to support him. Vishwas’ claim has added more sensation to the ongoing political drama over Delhi government formation.
ET has learnt that a first-time BJP MP from Delhi called on Vishwas at his Ghaziabad residence on the night of May 19, three days after the results to the Lok Sabha elections were declared offering him BJP’s support and the Delhi chief minister’s post.
Vishwas told, “On May 19, around 10.30 pm, a BJP MP had come over to my house. I met the person because he is a friend. The gentleman stayed on till 3.30 am trying to convince me that I should help BJP form the government in Delhi and that they were willing to offer me the CM’s post. He claimed that he was meeting me at the behest of top BJP functionaries. He also claimed that 12 AAP MLAs, who did not want reelection, were willing to support the proposal,” Vishwas said.
“I was told that if I agreed, then he could immediately take me to Ashoka Hotel to meet the right people to carry this proposal forward. I turned down the offer,” Vishwas said that he reported the matter immediately to his party.
He refused to name the MP, citing “personal relations” with the person but said that the legislator was from Delhi. It could not reach AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal for his comment.
Delhi has been under President’s rule since Kejriwal resigned as chief minister in February after spending just 49 days in power. Since then, parties have been making charges of horse-trading and speaking in two voices on re elections.
AAP has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking dissolution of the assembly. The apex court had on August 5 asked the Centre and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to resolve the deadlock in five weeks.