Difference between AAP and other parties is now non-existent, says Social Activist Mayank Gandhi

Simplicity, humility, decency and the desire for a new political culture was unfortunately replaced by the use of uncouth language against opponents

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October 6, 2016: Social Activist Mayank Gandhi in his recent blog, shared his political stance that the difference between AAP and other parties is now non-existent.

One cannot turn a blind eye towards Arvind Kejriwal and the steps he chooses to take, says Gandhi. Soon after the surgical attacks, he congratulated the Indian Army but cared not to applaud the decision of the government. Even though everyone knows, our armed forces would not do anything without the nod of the government and, the credit is equally due to the decision maker Narendra Modi, wrote Mayank Gandhi in his opinion piece.

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As soon as AAP leaders heard about questions that the Pak propaganda rose, Kejriwal asked to provide them the proof of the strikes to retaliate against Pakistan.

“Modi is going to use the surgical strike to win in Punjab, so let us sow doubts in the minds of the people so that all anti-Modi votes come to us and Punjab can be won. Therefore, in an over-clever video, Kejriwal glorified Modi and the army but asked them to provide proof of the strikes to retaliate against Pakistan. If the government does not give evidence, it would lose credibility, and AAP can win Punjab. And if it does share evidence, then the government would have played its winning hand now (seven months before Punjab elections) and AAP could neutralise the goodwill of the BJP within that period. Smart political move,” explained Gandhi.

He further added, “For me, most importantly, AAP lost all respect. My colleagues, with whom I have waved the Indian flag and shouted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” till my voice became hoarse, had traded national interest with votes. For me, national interest in non-negotiable.”

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India Against Corruption movement, AAP and the Delhi victory were based on certain principles. A new revolution of clean money, principles and decency seemed at hand. The nation rejoiced once again.

“In 2012, many like me had quit their job – hundreds of volunteers, some of them daily-wage earners whose parents were unwell, who had family problems, who sold their land, who took sabbatical from their jobs or studies – all came to serve the nation instead of hand-picked, self-serving, arrogant leaders.”

Simplicity, humility, decency and the desire for a new political culture was unfortunately replaced by the use of uncouth language against opponents – Narendra Modi, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, and also the media. All pretence to simplicity and decency has been abandoned.

After Delhi elections, Swaraj was one of the first casualty. It was even removed from the party constitution.

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He added, “Clean money is another casualty. When I was in the party, my main pitch to donors was that we displayed even a rupee donated and that we were very prompt on making a Balance Sheet, and an Income and Expenditure Statement. It is alleged that there is a mismatch of around 14 crores between financial statement given to Election Commission and the donation list. Therefore, the donation list has been removed from the website for the last 13 weeks. The balance sheet and expense statement has not been displayed since 31st March 2014. Which means it has been 30 months since accounts have been shown.”

by NewsGram team with inputs from NDTV

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