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Aam Aadmi Party’s Political Fortunes in Punjab Nosedive After Infighting

The Chhotepur episode divided the Punjab unit in the middle with nearly half of its leaders getting behind him

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AAP accused of splurging money on advertisements Source: Wikimedia

by Jaideep Sarin

  • Aam Aadmi Party is currently in power in Delhi.
  • It started with a great enthusiasm in Punjab for upcoming assembly elections due in early 2017
  • The decimation of its core principles, constant friction with the Center and holier than thou attitude while its own failing cards have led to rapid downfall of the toddler political party

September 28, 2016: The AAP first saw infighting when it announced the names of candidates for 32 of the 117 assembly seats. Accusations of seats being sold to “moneybags and outsiders” were openly made.

While party leaders and volunteers, upset over the tickets distributed so far, started leaving, the Punjab unit was hit by another scandal as its convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, was sacked on charges of corruption after a video emerged in which he was allegedly seen taking money from a party volunteer.

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Chhotepur had also contended that wrong selections were made for at least 25 of the 32 seats.

The Chhotepur episode divided the Punjab unit in the middle with nearly half of its leaders getting behind him. Despite the AAP central leadership announcing a probe into the issue, Chhotepur refused to join the proceedings and openly defied the AAP leadership.

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Since then, Chhotepur and his supporters have started a political campaign against the AAP to “expose” the party’s leadership. Chhotepur openly accuses the AAP leadership, particularly AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior leaders Dugesh Pathak and Sanjay Singh, of sidelining the Punjabi leadership in the party.

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The AAP first saw infighting when it announced the names of candidates for 32 of the 117 assembly seats. Accusations of seats being sold to “moneybags and outsiders” were openly made.

While party leaders and volunteers, upset over the tickets distributed so far, started leaving, the Punjab unit was hit by another scandal as its convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, was sacked on charges of corruption after a video emerged in which he was allegedly seen taking money from a party volunteer.

Chhotepur had also contended that wrong selections were made for at least 25 of the 32 seats.

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The Chhotepur episode divided the Punjab unit in the middle with nearly half of its leaders getting behind him. Despite the AAP central leadership announcing a probe into the issue, Chhotepur refused to join the proceedings and openly defied the AAP leadership.

Since then, Chhotepur and his supporters have started a political campaign against the AAP to “expose” the party’s leadership. Chhotepur openly accuses the AAP leadership, particularly AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior leaders Dugesh Pathak and Sanjay Singh, of sidelining the Punjabi leadership in the party. (IANS)

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Muslims, You have ruled over Delhi. It is time to Reclaim it: Kejriwal Injects Communal poison for Bawana bypoll

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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha against AAP
Jai Nath Mishra (extreme left) and Dr Munish Kumar Raizada centre) during Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign

New Delhi, Aug 21, 2017: Aam Admi Party leaves no stone unturned to turn the competition in their favour. From targeting youth to women and the common man, they have now changed their focus to the Muslim community in Delhi. Recently, AAP’s sensational move stirred the social media.

A pamphlet asking Muslim residents in Bawana assembly constituency of Delhi to vote for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the upcoming Bawana bypoll was shared in the social media. The pamphlet professed an appeal to Muslim brothers by a Muslim cabinet minister of AAP, Imran Hussain.

The pamphlet desecrated the vote in the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, indicating the readers that their wrong choice of the vote could worsen the state of affairs in the vicinity. It said that Muslims can’t be swayed if they join hands and vote together.

The message out rightly professed Islamic ideologue, rather more brazenly. With statements like, “Our ancestors (Mughals) have ruled India for a thousand years and that Delhi belongs to Muslims”, nothing more is lucid than the communal propaganda of Kejriwal. What pride should one take in the fact that our land was once ruled by non-natives for several centuries?.

It also vouched for the pamphlet to be disseminated across Muslim shrines (Dargah) and every Muslim hook and corner.

The shameless vouching for votes does not even end here; it also demeaned others in the competition by calling them their enemies. Does this mean every Non-Muslim party is an ‘enemy’? Messages like will do nothing good than arousing animosity among the diverse sects.

The blatantly and flagrantly communal pitch of the pamphlet is noticeably an infringement of Supreme Court order that bans drum up support for votes in the name of any community. The order calls for disqualification of the candidate owing to such appeal.

Tajinder Bagga, a Delhi BJP spokesperson solicited a case to be registered against AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for dispensing such communal appeal.

Munish Raizada, former NRI AAP convener also expressed his views regarding the poster;

Imam, the voice in the poster, however, denied the claims made. He has called the poster ‘fake’ and demanded police action for the same.

Off late, Arvind Kejriwal was also seen making intimidating remarks while talking to the voters in the by-election that AAP will not work under BJP/Congress leadership.

The party which maintained the common man status in its initial stage is now a party full of goons. What obvious assertion does one need? Isn’t the poster pitching for communal stance enough to prove that in the so-called Aam Admi Party, nothing is Aam (common) except for one thing and that is double-dealing.


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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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