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Information and Broadcasting Ministry asks Aam Aadmi Party to pay back money spent on Government Ads

AAP government had spent nearly Rs 15 crore on print advertisements during a 91-day period between 10 February and May 11

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Arvind Kejriwal in the centre. Flickr

New Delhi, Sept 17, 2016: A Central government established Committee on Friday came down heavily on AAP government in Delhi, saying it had been splurging exchequer’s money on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party and violating the guidelines of Supreme Court. Therefore, it has asked the ruling party to reimburse it.

The three-member committee, headed by former Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon, was embodied by I&B ministry on the directions of Supreme Court.

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The committee was formed to address issues related to content regulation in Government Advertising.

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The committee received a complaint from the Congress leader Ajay Maken accusing the AAP government in Delhi of splurging public money on advertisements.

In its order issued on Friday, “the Committee came to the conclusion that the Government of NCT of Delhi has violated guidelines issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in six of the nine areas listed by the complainant,” mentioned Indian Express report.

AAP accused of splurging money on advertisements Source: Wikimedia Commons
AAP accused of splurging money on advertisements. Wikimedia

The violations include ‘outstation advertisements, false/misleading advertisements, advertisements for self-glorification and to target political opponents, advertisements against media, advertisements mentioning the party in power by name and also advertisements issued on incidents occurring in other states.’

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According to the Indian Express report, the committee concluded that since the Delhi government had allegedly violated the guidelines, “the only way it could be remedied is to make the political party, the main beneficiary in the process of violation, to pay for the expenditure incurred by the government”.

The committee report also said, ‘the assessment of the expenditure should be made by the Delhi government.’

The report also directed the Delhi government to assess expenditure on those advertisements or advertorials in which the name of Aam Admi Party is mentioned, which publicised the views of the Chief Minister on incidents that took place in other States, and advertisements which targeted the opposition.

When asked about the issue, AAP Minister Kapil Mishra was found saying, “I am not aware of what the report says but based on the charges made against us, all I can say is there should be the same rules for all state governments. Why is the Delhi government being singled out? Such politically motivated committees cannot pass judgments.”

-prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram. Twitter: @NoOffense9

  • Manthra koliyer

    The government should not spend so much money on advertisements.

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Supreme Court Announces Triple Talaq Ban in India, Calls it ‘Un-islamic’

The BMMA celebrates its victory over the much-debated practice of instant divorce

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• Supreme court has ruled that the practice of triple talaq is illegal.
• BMMA celebrates the ban on unilateral divorce.
In a landmark decision by a five-member panel, the Supreme Court has banned the practice of triple talaq in India, calling the much-debated practice “unislamic, arbitrary and unconstitutional”. The verdict, which was passed by a 3-2 majority on August 22, 2017, has been met with mixed reactions all over the country, attracting applause as well as apprehension from people.

What is triple talaq

The practice of triple talaq, or talaq-e-biddat, is a Islamic ritual through which a man might divorce his wife by uttering the word ‘talaq’, that is, the Arabic word for ‘divorce’, three times. The controversial practice, which dates back to Islamic scriptures of the 8th century AD, was a common one among the Muslim population in India, most of which follow the Hanafi school of law. The practice of instant divorce has often been enacted in India, not only through oral declaration, but also through letters, emails, text messages, Skype and Whatsapp.

 

 The Supreme Court of India bans the practice of triple talaq
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Reactions to the triple talaq ban in India

“It’s been 10 years of a struggle on the 8 percent of the population, so that’s a big respite, and a big relief,”stated Noorjehan, the co-founder of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), also known as the Indian Muslim Women’s Movement. The BMMA had fought a long and hard legal battle in order to secure this verdict, on the grounds that the practice of instant divorce through an oral declaration has left many Muslim women bereft of their right to alimony as well as the custody of children. The BMMA has also claimed that the prescribed avenues for reconsideration or reconciliation are rarely followed in India, as a result of which 90 per cent of the 4710 women they had interviewed had called for a ban on the controversial practice. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), on the other hand, has opposed the verdict, claiming that it infringes the right to religion of Muslim people, which is granted to the citizens of India via Article 25 of the Indian Constitution.

The Supreme Court of India bans the practice of triple talaq
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However, the verdict has been passed against triple talaq by a five-member panel of judges, in which each of the judges belonged to a different religion: Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity, after they had reviewed the petitions of seven women who felt victimised by the practice.
“Triple talaq is against the basic tenets of the Holy Quran and consequently, it violates Shariat … What is held to be bad in the Holy Quran cannot be good in Shariat and, in that sense, what is bad in theology is bad in law as well,” declared the panel of Supreme Court judges, making India the 23rd nation to ban the practice of unilateral divorce, after Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

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Stand of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha: Hamari AAP ka Siyasi Dafan poora ho, Hamara Hawan Poora Ho

A true volunteer of AAP will not rest until a morally debased AAP is not consigned to flames.

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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.
Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.
  • By Dr. Munish Raizada

One of our steadfast volunteers sent me a message at Facebook and sought my opinion on the current dogfight going between #ChandaChor gang of our Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Through Chanda Bandh Satyagraha, our stand is clearly a matter of conviction:

सच्चे स्वयंसेवक का यज्ञ तभी पूरा होगा , जब सिधान्तों से भटकी हमारी AAP की पूर्ण आहुति दे दी जाएगी.
अगर जनता का दिया गया चंदा खाओगे, तो कोई हक़ नहीं राजनीती में तुम्हे!
2020 में AAP का अंतकाल आना चाहिए. हमारी पार्टी का सियासी दफ़न पूरा हो, हमारा हवन पूरा हो.

Loosely translated: A true volunteer of AAP will not rest until a morally debased AAP is consigned to flames. Because a party that can eat away the public funds (donations), has no moral right to be in politics. The year 2020 will hopefully see the political demise of our AAP.

As you see the dogfight has come to the streets now. A poet is trying to revive and talking of an AAP II. Some well meaning volunteers are standing with him. He is zestfully speaking about bringing back values of the party and old folks too.

Tragically, the other Chandachor camp led by Mukhiya Kejriwal has termed this as a fantasy.

But, we must be able to read through the lines.

In my opinion, our hardcore selfless volunteers who really wanted to see a change of politics and polity through a vehicle called AAP, now understand that the fight is for personal survival and NOT for principles.

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.
Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.

But the poet is fighting for his survival, so believe me, this fight will not lead him anywhere. It is NOT a MORAL fight. It is a personal fight. Janta ka vishwas nahi milega (public’s trust can not be regained). Janta ek Kejriwal ko dekh chuki hai (the public has already seen one Kejriwal). Abhi 20-30 saal wait kariye (Wait for another generation before you utter of revolution again).  Kraanti kee baaten kar ke janta ko aur dukhi mat kijiye (Do not exploit the sentiments of the society by talking about yet another revolution when the first one was never ever attained).

If you really care about the principles, just do one thing: Ask where is the donation list that the party received?  After all. how can a party fight against corruption and graft, if its own house is  not clean. And then talk about other principles.

Bringing back old folks is a good idea. Reviving AAP is a welcome idea. But, let us remember one thing: Public (janta) is not a toy. You can play with their sentiments once, not again and again.

At AAP, our refrain used to be:

सत्य परेशान हो सकता है, पराजित नहीं.

Today, we know in our hearts, we have eaten the donations given by the public. सत्य को चंदाचोरों व् ‘सत्यवीरों” ने परेशान भी किया तथा पराजित भी (Truth was not only messed around with, it was badly defeated by the so called saints of truth and honesty).

Then, what ideological principles is the poet talking about!

The dogfight is a fight without morality. It is a sign that the rot in our AAP is deep set. However, the karma cycle is trying to complete the circle. The dogfight is exposing the unworthiness of our AAP’s leaders who one time the public thought are statesmen. The poet is helping us achieve our cherished goal: Taking us towards the the Aahuti!

 

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Dogfight in Aam Aadmi Party : The audio clip of Kumar Vishwas reveals the party is no longer for principles but for personal aspirations

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party seems to be more engaged in dogfight rather than developmental politics. The new audio clip of Kumar Vishwas reveals discontentment within senior leaders of AAP

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  • The abusive audio clip of Kumar Vishwas surfaces hinting at split in Aam Aadmi Party

  • Aam Aadmi Party which claimed to bring clean politics is no longer working on principles, its an ongoing dogfight between unsatisfied political aspirants

Just few days back, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party was slapped with Rs. 30 crores Income Tax notice. The party which claimed to revive clean politics was itself found dirty. The Income Tax notice cited that the Aam Aadmi Party had not disclosed income worth Rs 13.16 crore. According to the IT Department, the money received as donations in its bank account was not recorded in the books of accounts. Today an audio clip of Kumar Vishwas surfaced hinting at rift within the party.

Last year, Chanda Bandh Satyagraha (www.nolistnodonation.com) led by Dr. Munish Raizada was initiated against Aam Aadmi Party’s backtracking on financial transparency which gathered a huge amount of support from section of Aam Aadmi Party who were not ready to compromise on principles. But anyone who raised questions against Arvind Kejriwal’s dubious stance on donation transparency were sidelined from the party.

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Chanda Bandh Satyagrah led by Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada against dubious donations of Aam Aadmi Party

The leaked audio clip of Kumar Vishwas suggests that individual ambitions are derailing the Aam Aadmi Party, risking the public’s confidence. What issues dominate the AAP? The party members no longer seem to have any aspiration for developmental politics, they are rather engaged in dogfight for power and position. Unmet with expectations, many of the founding members of party like Yogendra Yadav are no more with the AAP today. It certainly affects prospects for party expansion. People supported AAP because it offered hope of a wider democratic platform, giving ordinary Indians a political voice. But it now seems that Aam Aadmi Party is just a bunch of opportunists trying to grab political space for their own development through corruption and dubious political donations.

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Since its inception, Aam Aadmi Party has been indulged in all those things it promised to stood against of. AAP has failed to deliver what it promised. The list of scams by Aam Aadmi Party is endless. From Thali scam where total food bill of 80 guests amounted to Rs 11, 04,357 costing Rs 12,000 to Rs 16,000 per plate to 400 crore Delhi water tanker scam, AAP has crushed the expectations of people who were hoping for an honest political party. Arvind Kejriwal’s government spent a large chunk of taxpayer’s money for party advertisement. The advertisements were found to be in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines.Transport Minister of Delhi Gopal Rai from Aam Aadmi Party is involved in scam worth crores of rupees in Auto Rickshaw Permit scam. Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra alleged that he witnessed Satyendar Jain giving Rs 2 crore in cash to the party chief Arvind Kejriwal. The list can go on, but the serious question here is the credibility of Aam Aadmi Party. The audio clip of Kumar Vishwas hints at rift within the party, this explains well why Delhi is suffering under bad governance, the key members of party are indulged in back bitching and score setting.

– by SHAURYA RITWIK, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik