Aam Aadmi Party’s student wingChhatra Yuva Sanghrash Samiti (CYSS) jumpstarted its election campaign for Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections with a rock concert “DU Rocks,” at Talkatora stadium, New Delhi, today.
With performances by distinguished playback singer Shilpa Rao and illustrious musician Vishal Dadlani, the concert was emceed by Raghu Ram, a face once popular on MTV.
The massive event had recently courted controversy in its wake with Congress calling it a blatant violation of DUSU election rules. However, the acquisitions couldn’t stop State Transport Minister Gopal Rai and Chief Minister of the capital, Arvind Kejriwal from wooing DU’s freshmen.
While Dadlani pumped up the youth with ‘Sadda Haq’ and ‘Vande Matram’, Kejriwal’s promise of education loans up to 10 lakhs left the newly inducted members of Delhi University rooting for CYSS’s election candidates.
Although the event wasn’t any different from earlier such voter appeasing moves by ABVP or NSUI, Kejriwal urged the students to shun popular ‘money and power’ politics and vote for an ‘alternate’ student body.
AAP’s strategy of pulling the ‘aam’ young voters a little closer to its ‘aam’ politics seems to have hit the bull’s eye as the jam packed stadium and a won over crowd chanted praises for AAP and CYSS.
Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP. According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!
Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.
Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.
It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.
He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?
Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”
But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.
Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s
leadership is concerned.
Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.