Centre forced to take decision on Assembly dissolution: Kejriwal
New Delhi, Nov 4 (PTI) On a day Union Cabinet recommended dissolution of Delhi Assembly, AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal said the Centre was forced to take the decision as BJP’s attempts to “poach” AAP MLAs did not succeed and exhuded confidence of winning at least 45 seats in the polls to the 70-member House.
The former Delhi Chief Minister accused BJP of trying to form a government by “hook or crook”, and thanked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators for “foiling” efforts by that party to take the reins of Delhi through “unfair means”.
“BJP was trying to form government through dishonesty. Four attempts by them to form government had been foiled. Finally following court’s intervention, they were forced to recommend dissolution of the Delhi Assembly,” Kejriwal told reporters.
The AAP Chief also referred to a video released in September by his party in which Delhi BJP Vice President Sher Singh Dagar purportedly offered Rs 4 crore to an AAP MLA. BJP had issued a show cause notice to Dagar.
“This is probably for the first time in history of India that dishonest efforts to influence even a single MLA did not succeed. It proved that everybody is not for sale. There is still honesty,” he said, adding, “I congratulate all party MLAs for foiling BJP’s attempt.”
Kejriwal, who led a 49-day government after the Assembly polls in December last year, said the NDA government has failed to check price rise and that law and order situation in Delhi was deteriorating “fast”.
“We are confident of winning in at least 45 seats. We are confident that people of Delhi will bless us,” he said. AAP had won in 28 seats in the last Assembly polls but drew a blank in the Lok Sabha elections here.