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The BJP dismisses the AAP’s charge of ‘poaching Councillors

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the BJP’s Punjab election in-charge, flatly denied Raghav Chadha’s claim that his party is attempting to recruit AAP councillors in Chandigarh. The AAP received a major boost on Monday when it emerged as the single-largest party in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, winning 14 out of 35 wards, while the BJP and Congress each won 12 and 8 wards. Chadha, the AAP’s Punjab co-in-charge, claimed that some BJP leaders had offered Rs.50 lakh to two party councillors and Rs.75 lakh to another winning candidate to join their party during a press conference.

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He announced that the Arvind Kejriwal-led party will install cameras at the residences of its councillors as a “precautionary measure,” and warned that if any BJP leader contacts them, the footage and call recordings will be released in the public domain. Shekhawat claimed on Twitter on Tuesday that the AAP had a history of making accusations without evidence. Spying on AAP’s own elected candidates, he claims, is an indication that Kejriwal is concerned about a split within the party.

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Raghav Chadha, the AAP’s Punjab co-in-charge, said to the media on Monday, “The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation’s outcome is a victory for the Kejriwal governance model. Arvind Kejriwal’s clean politics, honest image, and tried-and-true Delhi governance model have triumphed. People in Chandigarh were tired of traditional parties and the BJP and Congress’s corrupt policies and government, and they wanted to give a clean and honest party a chance “..

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