The AAP delegation had gone to meet the CBI director seeking a probe into the alleged attempts to topple the non-BJP government, but was denied entry into the central agency’s headquarters.
The AAP had said earlier in the day that it would meet Jaiswal and demand a probe into alleged attempts by the BJP to topple non-BJP governments in several states as part of ‘Operation Lotus’.
A 10-member delegation of AAP MLAs reached the CBI headquarters at 3 pm to meet its director, though his office did not respond to their request for a meeting.
AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh told reporters after joining the protest outside the CBI headquarters, “This proves that the CBI works at the behest of the BJP. I had also sought an appointment with the CBI Director, but I have not received any reply yet.
Singh termed as unfortunate the denial of permission to the AAP MLAs to meet the probe agency’s director and file a complaint and said even a normal police station listens to people’s complaints when they arrive.
He alleged that Delhi’s elected MLAs who wanted to file a complaint against the BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’ were made to stand outside the CBI headquarters for an hour.
He demanded that the CBI should probe the toppling of governments by the BJP and find out the source of funds being used to buy MLAs under Operation Lotus.
MLA Atishi, who was part of the delegation, said the party had earlier sent an e-mail to Jaiswal’s office seeking an appointment with him, but did not receive any response so far.
“We have come here and are demanding that we be given time to meet the CBI director as ‘Operation Lotus’ is a very important issue,” Atishi told reporters. BJP has spent Rs 6,300 crore on ‘Operation Lotus’. So this matter should be probed by CBI and the source of this money should be ascertained.
The BJP has denied the allegations and demanded that the AAP MLA who claimed that the BJP approached him and offered him up to Rs 20 crore to switch sides, should be probed by a ‘lie detector’.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had accused the BJP of trying to topple AAP MLAs and topple the Kejriwal government after the CBI raids in the alleged excise scam.
Earlier in the day, Atishi said that whenever BJP loses assembly elections in a state, its ‘Operation Lotus’ starts with the use of CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to corner the state government.
He alleged that after this, the ruling party MLAs are offered money and promised that if they join the BJP, the cases registered against them would be withdrawn.