The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was in crisis on Wednesday after the release of an audio tape that has purportedly Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal telling a former party MLA last year to poach six Congress legislators to form the government in the Capital.
AAP’s former MLA Rajesh Garg also alleged that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was in touch with the Congress MLAs to try to lure them to float another political party and extend support to AAP from outside as Kejriwal was not ready to face the assembly polls.
As Garg levelled the allegations, an audio tape of purported conversation between Kejriwal and the former legislator from Rohini surfaced in which the AAP leader was heard talking about splitting the Congress.
“We are ready to form the government, but Congress is not ready to support us. Manish (Sisodia) is in touch with the Congress. Do one thing, split the Congress and ask their six MLAs to float a new party and support us,” Kejriwal was purportedly heard saying in a telephonic conversation with Garg.
Congress had eight MLAs in the previous assembly and to escape anti-defection law, six MLAs would have required to form a breakaway group.
“Congress won’t support us. We have been trying for the last one and a half months. These six Congress MLAs would have supported BJP, but three of them are Muslims. They won’t support the BJP. Those six MLAs should support us,” Kejriwal was heard telling Garg in the audio clip.