BJP on Monday came down heavily on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday for claiming the party’s national president, Amit Shah, had met MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi ahead of the 2015 Bihar elections and the two had struck a deal to divide the state along communal lines. Akbaruddin is the brother of MIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
“AAP members should prove that such a meeting took place.They should specify where and when they met,” BJP spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said. He added that AAP members had gotten used to “slander and lies”. “They should stop vilifying BJP ,” he addedAsaduddin threatened to sue a news website after AAP member Abhinav Budhiraja tweeted a link to a report on the alleged conspiracy and “secret deal”. “Your mouthpiece (sic) will get a legal notice by my lawyer and must also send a legal notice to substantiate,” he tweeted. The allegation was first made by former Gujarat BJP MLA Yatin Oza, who recently wrote to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal alleging a “secret” alliance between Owaisi and Shah before the Bihar polls. Oza has reportedly decided to join AAP. BJP’s Sharma said such baseless allegations were only to divert attention from AAP members’ “involvement in corrupt practices in connivance with tainted officials”. “Scared of being caught, Arvind Kejriwal and co are trying to divert the focus by raising flimsy issues,” he added.
He said BJP was a nationalist party and it could never think of a deal with divisive forces like Owaisi, against whom the party has sought sedition charges for offering legal help to alleged IS supporters.
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