If the AAP disturbance persisted for a few more days, the possibility of an early reelection in Delhi can’t be ruled out.
By Rakesh Raman
Rajesh Garg, a former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader who has released a secret taped conversation with party supremo Arvind Kejriwal, claimed Thursday he received a threat call from a man believed to be an AAP supporter.
The phone conversation between Garg and the caller took place in Hindi language and it has been released in the media. The call has come a couple days after Garg released an audiotape that revealed Kejriwal’s desperation to form the government in Delhi by roping in Congress MLAs by hook or by crook.
The revelation had sent shock waves to the AAP leadership and a slew of AAP spokespersons are giving conflicting statements in the media. Some of them say the audio conversation released by Garg is doctored. Others say there is nothing wrong in what Kejriwal said about breaking opposition party’s legislators.
But the essence of the released conversation is that Kejriwal was persuading Garg to use unfair and corrupt means to break opposition MLAs. Kejriwal’s desperate attempt is being seen as a serious blow to Delhi voters as well as AAP workers because Kejriwal has always maintained that he has formed AAP to fight corruption.
“When Kejriwal himself is corrupt, how will he fight corruption?” This question must be disturbing many Delhi voters who were tricked by AAP to vote for Kejriwal. But Kejriwal is observing a stony silence on the whole issue.
Garg also revealed that it was not only Kejriwal, but other AAP leaders also who called him repeatedly to break the Congress MLAs. Other AAP leaders include Manish Sisodia, a close associate of Kejriwal and now Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, who according to Garg called him over a dozen times to carry out the horse-trading job. Garg also said that he can release his conversation with Sisodia, if required.
That may be the reason that he received a threat call today. The caller asked Garg not to drag the issue further. When Garg asked the caller’s name, he didn’t tell. Rather, he said his phone number is displayed on Garg’s handset. The caller insisted that Garg will know at the appropriate time what he can do to him.
After the release of the secret audiotape, Garg told to a local TV channel that he will be murdered by Kejriwal’s goons, as AAP is full of criminals. Garg’s fear may be genuine.
A leading think tank Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), supported by a political watchdog Delhi Election Watch, had revealed before the election that 23 (33%) of 70 AAP candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
Out of these 23 AAP candidates with criminal records, 22 have won the recent election and they are now part of the AAP government in Delhi.
Meanwhile, Garg who is a former MLA from Rohini in Delhi, said he has provided the recorded conversation with the anonymous caller to the police.
RMN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the released conversation between Garg and the anonymous caller.
However, it is expected that Garg will soon hit AAP with more such shell shocks. As rebellion is increasing in AAP after the party punished two rebels – Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav – the party is almost on the verge of collapse.
If the AAP disturbance persisted for a few more days, the possibility of an early reelection in Delhi can’t be ruled out. That’s for sure.
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