September 30, 2022

New Delhi, Aug 31: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday slammed the Central government for allegedly running an ‘Operation Lotus’ across the country aimed at toppling state governments held by non-BJP opposition parties.

“We are demanding a CBI probe into ‘Operation Lotus’ in which the Central government is trying to topple the state governments held by other parties,” AAP MLA Atishi said in the Delhi Assembly on the fourth day of a session.

Atishi told the House that AAP MLAs have decided to meet the CBI director to seek a probe into “Operation Lotus” which is allegedly run by the BJP against state governments held by other parties.

“Today a delegation of AAP MLAs will meet the CBI director and will demand a probe into ‘Operation Lotus’.

“It is very unfortunate that the BJP is creating a ruckus in the House when discussion is going on such an important issue (confidence motion), ‘ Atishi added.

“The BJP through its ‘Operation Lotus’ tried to topple the elected government in Delhi. The operation has three steps.

“First, they unleash central probe agencies against its opponents in non-BJP ruled states, then tell them if they switch sides, cases will be withdrawn, and thirdly they offer the MLSs money,” alleged Atishi.

Earlier in the day, members of the BJP were marshalled out from the House.

Durgesh Pathak, an AAP MLA, seconded the demand for a CBI investigation into ‘Operation Lotus’. “I demand a CBI investigation so that people can know the truth,” he said.

The House was adjourned till Thursday 1100 hours.

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With Agency Inputs…