BJP offered me Delhi CM's post, says Kumar Vishwas

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New Delhi, Aug 30: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas has claimed that the BJP offered him the post of chief minister of Delhi. The BJP also said that 12 AAP MLAs were willing to back him, Vishwas alleged, according to an Economic Times report published on Saturday.

According to the report, a first-time BJP MP met Vishwas at his Ghaziabad residence in the night of May 19, three days after the BJP won a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha election, to offer the Delhi CM's post.

"On May 19, around 10.30 pm, a BJP MP had come over to my house. I met the person because he is a friend. The gentleman stayed on till 3.30 am trying to convince me that I should help BJP form the government in Delhi and that they were willing to offer me the CM's post. He claimed that he was meeting me at the behest of top BJP functionaries. He also claimed that 12 AAP MLAs, who did not want reelection, were willing to support the proposal," the ET report quoted Vishwas as saying.

Vishwas said he turned down the offer and conveyed the matter to his own party's leadership. The poet-turned-politician who contested this year's Lok Sabha election against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and BJP's Smriti Irani from Amethi but lost, said he did not want to name the MP because of the personal relations with him.

A war of words followed between the BJP and AAP following Vishwas's claims. While the saffron party rubbished the allegations and counter-charged that the leader wanted to stay in the news, the AAP accused the BJP of indulging in foul play in Delhi. "They (the BJP) are trying to allure people from our party. We are a new party and yet to learn a lot of tricks. But the BJP's history shows what it can do," AAP leader and former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti told Times Now.

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