‘BJP’s Operation Lotus Became Operation Keechad’: Kejriwal Wants Trust Vote In Assembly

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday lauched a no holds barred attack on the BJP for trying to topple the Delhi government, saying the saffron party’s “Operation Lotus” became “Operation Keechad” in Delhi. Speaking at a special session of the Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal said the AAP would bring a Confidence Motion in the House on Monday to show the people that not even one MLA ditched the party.

“It is being said that they broke away a number of MLAs. I received phone calls, people asked me if everything is alright. I’d like to bring a Confidence Motion in House to show people that not even one went away, that BJP’s Operation Lotus became ‘Operation keechad’ here,” ANI quoted Kejriwal as saying.

The Assembly session was called by the ruling AAP to discuss how the BJP was allegedly trying to “poach” its MLAs. On Thursday, Kejriwal claimed that BJP had set aside Rs 800 crore for toppling the Delhi government by luring 40 AAP MLAs to its camp.

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“They toppled several governments in the country till date – Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam, MP, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya. There is a serial killer in the city who is committing one murder after the other. People choose a government, they topple it,” Kejriwal said.

He claimed that the BJP had bought 277 MLAs till now across the country.

Kejriwal said the CBI failed to find a single penny from Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s residence during its 14-hour raid in connection with the Delhi excise policy case.

“The raid continued for 14 hours but not a single penny was found. No jewellery was found, no cash was found, no documents of any land or property were found and no incriminating document was found. It was a false raid,” the AAP chief said.

The AAP national convenor said the BJP was using money collected through GST and hike in petrol, diesel prices to poach its MLAs. He also alleged that the ED, CBI raids on its MLAs were due to the upcoming election in Gujarat, where AAP has launched a campaign blitzkrieg.

“All anti-national forces have come together against Delhi’s AAP govt. Ours is the most popular government, these forces want to break us but all our MLAs are together. They will fabricate false cases against us till Gujarat polls,” ANI quoted Kejriwal as saying.

The Assembly session saw stormy scenes, with the ruling AAP shouting “khokha-khokha”, accusing the BJP of trying to poach its MLAs, and the Opposition hitting back with slogans of “dhokha-dhokha”, referring to the alleged liquor scam.

Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birla marshalled out all the eight BJP MLAs for the entire day of one-day session over an alleged video recording charge levelled by an AAP MLA on chief whip of the opposition Ajay Mahawar, PTI reported.

The BJP MLAs then staged a protest under the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the Assembly premises. They also went to meet Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena to lodge a complaint.

“We wanted a discussion on the excise policy scam but our requests were turned down. That is why we are protesting at the Gandhi statue demanding the immediate removal of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia from the Kejriwal cabinet,” PTI quoted Leader of Opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri as saying.