The Punjab Police on Wednesday filed a case after the ruling Aam Aadmi Party accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of attempting to poach its MLAs, PTI reported.
The development came after state Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, along with other AAP MLAs, met Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav and sought an investigation into the matter.
The police have filed a first information report under Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (taking gratification in order to influence public servant) and Sections 171B (bribery) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
The party alleged that the BJP offered Rs 25 crore each to at least ten legislators.
Last month, the AAP had alleged that the BJP offered Rs 20 crore each to 40 of its MLAs in Delhi to persuade them to switch sides. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party then sought a vote of confidence in the Delhi Assembly, which it won on September 1.
Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that the BJP was now trying to buy its MLAs in Punjab. “From where do they get so many crores of rupees?” he asked on Twitter. “They must understand – we are not the Congress. It is not possible for anyone to buy us.”
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