Poaching allegations are rife


Ahead of the mayoral election, the Aam Aadmi Party, BJP and Congress claimed on Saturday that attempts were being made to entice their newly elected MCD councillors.

Ahead of the mayoral election, the Aam Aadmi Party, BJP and Congress claimed on Saturday that attempts were being made to entice their newly elected MCD councillors.

The new war of words came when two Congress advisers who defected to the AAP on Friday returned to the party fold and a BJP adviser from Anand Vihar Monica Pant filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Bureau ( ACB) against an AAP leader Shikha Garg, alleging that she tried to “bribe her to switch sides”.

Arvind Kejriwal, AAP official and Delhi chief minister, addressing his party’s newly elected councilors, warned them that the BJP would “try to redeem them”.

BJP leaders, at a press conference, also alleged that “an agent” of Kejriwal was trying to poach party advisers.

Congress also accused Kejriwal’s party of engaging in poaching after the return of two of its defectors.

Kejriwal alleged that BJP can offer Rs 10 lakh to 50 lakh to AAP advisers “Now BJP will try to buy you, they will offer you money to join them. have already received calls from them.

“They will offer Rs 10 lakh to someone and Rs 50 lakh to another person and ask you to join them and vote for them in the mayoral selection,” Kejriwal charged and hoped the AAP councilors would not would not fall prey to poaching.

He also told them to record the audio and video of such deals to expose those involved and to report any attempted corruption by the BJP to their local party MPs or MCD coordinators.

At a press conference, BJP leaders including national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala and Delhi unit media cell chief Harish Khurana accused the AAP of trying to poach the newly elected councilors of their party.

Poonawala alleged that a new model of the PAA – Pralobhan for Parshad (alluring advisers) – has come to the fore.

Khurana claimed that an “agent” of Kejriwal was trying to induce BJP advisers to switch to the AAP. He said there was evidence of poaching attempts by the AAP.

Anand Vihar’s BJP councilor, Monica Pant, accused AAP leader Shikha Garg of presenting herself as the representative of an MP from her party.

“She later came to my house which was captured by CCTV footage. She offered me a political position at the MCD and special funds for my ward for cross-voting. We filed a complaint with ACB in that regard,” Pant said.

The AAP ended the BJP’s 15-year rule in the civic body by sacking 134 of the 250 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the results of which were announced on Wednesday.

The BJP managed to win 104 districts. There was speculation that the BJP might run for mayor despite not having the required number in the House.

AAP MP Rajya Sabha Sanjay Singh has alleged that Delhi’s BJP chairman talked about buying 10 AAP advisers.

Delhi Congress Speaker Anil Kumar introduced the nine newly elected councilors to the media during a press conference at the party office.

“Kejriwal, who had sworn to do clean politics, tried to mislead a few advisers and Congress workers with false promises and inducements, but they soon realized Kejriwal’s misdeeds and reaffirmed their faith in the party. of Congress,” Kumar said.

The two councilors – Sabila Begam from Mustafabad and Nazia Khatoon from Brij Puri – who had joined the AAP on Friday were present at the press conference.

There is no anti-defection law for the civic body.

The MCD will approach Delhi LG VK Saxena to ask for a date when the Municipal House can be convened so that councilors can be sworn in and then a mayor can be elected.

The position of mayor sees five one-year terms in rotation, with the first year being reserved for women, the second in the open category, the third in the reserved category and the other two also being in the open category.

Electoral authorities had previously said that the entire electoral process would be completed on December 15.



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