Delhi Assembly's Special Session Today Likely To Be Stormy With Allegations On Excise Policy, 'Poaching' Of MLAs

Delhi Assembly's Special Session Today Likely To Be Stormy With Allegations On Excise Policy, 'Poaching' Of MLAs

New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly’s special session is set to be convened Friday amid a slugfest over central probe agencies’ probe in the Arvind Kejriwal-led government’s excise policy with the AAP accusing the BJP of trying to lure its MLAs.

The special session is likely to be a stormy affair as the ruling AAP and the BJP-Congress in opposition have been trading allegations of corruption.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Bidhuri claimed that the ruling party has made the Assembly a “political arena”. “Convening a one-day session is a mockery of democracy,” he added, as quoted by news agency PTI.

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The Delhi Congress has asked for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia to apologise in the special session of the House for “lying about the liquor scam”.

“The special session should decide on bringing out a White Paper on the liquor scam to bring out the truth,” said Delhi Congress president Anil Chaudhary.

The session comes after a high-voltage drama that unfolded on Thursday wherein CM Arvind Kejriwal summoned the AAP MLAs at his residence. He accused the BJP of trying to dislodge his government by offering Rs 200 crore each to 40 of his legislators for switching sides. The Chief Minister asked if the total amount of Rs 800 crore came from GST collections, PM CARES Fund, or some of its “friends”.

CM Kejriwal visited Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat along with Aam Aadmi Party MLAs to pray for the country. He emphasised that the AAP government is stable as his party legislators are not for sale. AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj declared that the “Operation Lotus” by the BJP has “failed”.

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Hours later, BJP leaders sprinkled Ganga water to “purify” the memorial as those who offered “Pauwwe par Pauwwa” in Delhi (one plus one scheme under the excise policy) went there to absolve them of their “sin”.

MP Manoj Tiwari compared Arvind Kejriwal with German Nazi politician Joseph Goebbels he accused the Chief Minister of repeatedly telling lies to divert attention from the “liquor scam” of his government.

The BJP also hit back at the AAP at a press conference with its spokespersons Sudhanshu Trivedi and Parvesh Verma saying that the ruling party’s allegations were like a “movie script” and the party was indulging in theatrics.

Notably, Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s weekly meeting scheduled for Friday has been called off owing to the Assembly session. 

(With Agency Inputs)