AAP MLA joins BJP, 'was unhappy with tie-up talks'
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmaker Anil Bajpai joined the BJP on Friday, hours after party chief Arvind Kejriwal accused the BJP of attempts to poach its leaders.
Bajpai, the AAP MLA from Gandhi Nagar seat in East Delhi, joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Vijay Goel, days ahead of May 12 polls in the capital. "I was unhappy with AAP over talks of an alliance with Congress," Bajpai said.
"Atishi (East Lok Sabha candidate) misbehaves with MLAs. AAP has digressed from its mission. I will campaign for Gautam Gambhir," Bajpai said. Earlier this week, senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia had alleged that seven AAP lawmakers had been offered `10 crore each by the BJP to switch sides.
"Modi ji, will you topple every government run by an Opposition party by buying lawmakers? Is this your definition of democracy? And from where do you bring so much money to buy MLAs? You have tried to buy our MLAs many times. Buying AAP leaders is not easy," Kejriwal said in a tweet on Friday, hitting out at Vijay Goel for saying that 14 AAP lawmakers were in touch with the BJP. AAP called the developed another "dirty trick of BJP" to lure MLAs of opponents by offering crores of rupees. "Anil Bajpai has alleged that he is unhappy with AAP trying a alliance with Congress.
But he has himself served Congress for 15 years before joining AAP. Traders in Gandhi Nagar have faced sealing and losses in business due to BJP's central government and its MCD. By joining BJP, he has not only deceived AAP but also cheated trader community in Gandhi Nagar," said AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj.