On Monday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the government was snooping on its MP’s after a leaked telephone conversation between MPs Dharamvir Gandhi and Bhagwant Mann indicated the Punjab unit’s discontent with the AAP central leadership.
In the conversation that was leaked between Dharamvir Gandhi and Bhagwant Mann, he is heard telling Mr. Gandhi that he won the election because of his celebrity status in the public and not because of AAP’s party and that people working against them have been made the in-charge of Punjab.
Aam Aadmi Party alleges Centre ‘snooping’ on its MPs
“Whatever Mr. Mann has said is right. He has spoken his heart out,” Mr. Gandhi said.
“My phone does not have any facility to record,” he said.
“This is a result of dirty politics and is being done to stem the rise of AAP in Punjab. We are basically saying (during the chat) that if there is groupism in the party’s Punjab unit we should inform Delhi,” Mr. Mann told reporters.
AAP in an address to its MP’s said it had asked its MPs to write to the Speaker over their phones being tapped by someone, while adding that the issues raised by Mr. Mann in the conversation were of no consequence.
“The content of the chat is of no consequence here. It’s petty issue. But the larger story is how the Centre is resorting to such tactics against MPs. There should be an inquiry over this,” AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said.
AAP party has already started preparation of the state election in Punjab that is scheduled to take place next year and earlier even announced that they will be recruiting many people for the upcoming election in the state.