Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, led by its national convenor Arvind Kejriwal, met President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday and demanded dissolution of Delhi Legislative Assembly. They also sought fresh polls in the national capital.

Former Delhi chief minister Kejriwal resigned in February this year after failing to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill in the assembly. The assembly since then has been under suspended animation.

According to sources, the Apex Court had on May 5 posted the hearing on the petition for July 4 after it was informed that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had decided to deal with the matter.
The party, in a memorandum to the President, has accused BJP of poaching its MLAs.

"They have been luring them with ministerial berths, properties and cash ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 20 crore. When this did not work out, our MLA from Shalimar Bagh, Bandana Kumari was given a life threat. She has already filed a police complaint in this regard," Kejriwal said in the memorandum.

He said that people had high hopes from the NDA government but in the last one month their hopes have been shattered because the prices of almost all commodities have been rising.

"No steps have been taken to check corruption and no steps have been taken so far which could give people a hope that things would improve in future,” he said.
    
"This has severely dented BJP's popularity, due to which it does not want elections in Delhi in the near future. They are afraid that if elections are held in near future, BJP would lose very badly. Therefore, BJP is making desperate attempts to poach MLAs from other parties," he added.
    
Meanwhile, the Congress has termed Kejriwal's meeting with the President as a drama. "We have no problems with the elections happening anytime soon in Delhi but it is not our priority. It is Kejriwal who wants to gain power in the state by any means," DPCC spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said.

(JPN)

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