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On March 26, 2017 (Sunday), I went to be a part of the event “AAP Bachao Andolan” (Save AAP initiative) held at Jawahar Lal Nehru National Youth Center, DDU Marg in New Delhi. The conference started at 11:30 am, where I met Dr. Munish Raizada and other people, who are working to save the AAP from the corrupt practices.

AAP Bachao Andolan is an extension of No List, No Donation or Chanda Bandh Satyagraha initiative which unveils the issue of financial opacity in AAP. It also speaks volume about the marauding of financial transparency along with political idealism that AAP promised on its culmination. More than 100 AAP volunteers gathered to attend the event.

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Since the launch of the campaign, Dr. Raizada is working with others to restore AAP with its old fundamentals and principles on which it was found. Raizada, who is the former convenor of NRI wing of AAP, is standing with the committed volunteers of AAP’s Women’s wing to bring transparency in the system.

In the purview of the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Elections, the AAP Bachao Aandolan has put forth the following demands from the leadership of the party:

i) Restore Financial Transparency:

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha convener Dr. Munish Raizada has been demanding the party to make donors’ list online. It may be noted that the party has concealed its donors’ list since June 2016.

ii)  Restore Swaraj within AAP:

Ticket selling: For the upcoming ‘Municipal Corporation Elections’ in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party has allocated tickets to the new faces or to the members from other parties. This has created distrust among the core volunteers and ardent supporters of the party.

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The party has given tickets to paratroopers and newcomers in the name of ‘winnability’, but it smacks of a deeper malaise of ticket selling and exchange of money. Also, volunteers have cast aspersions on the nomination process of selection of candidates, saying that it is fake and does not conform to the principle of Swaraj that AAP so dearly vouches for. They are asking if it were not for ticket selling and nepotism, how come the party has ignored the committed party workers who have been toiling hard since last 4 years. Has the party failed to groom leaders even at the ward level (for MCD elections)? asks Raizada.

iii) Restore Internal Lokpal:

AAP’s internal Lokpal system has collapsed, thus there is no authentic mechanism for the volunteers for grievance redressal.

While speaking to some of the volunteers to get a glimpse of the depth of the problem, I came to know from Mrs. Suman Kaushik and Mrs. Sabita Mishra about the sycophancy involved in AAP and bribery for buying the tickets worth Rs. 25 to 50 lakhs.

At the end of the press conference, Dr. Raizada reiterated on adopting the path of non-violence for restoring AAP.

– by Sabhyata Badhwar. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

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Saw AAP MLAs Assaulting Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement

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The AAP had denied the charges of assault and said that the Chief Secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

ALSO READ: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.

According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.

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According to the statement, Jain also saw that the Chief Secretary’s spectacles had fallen to the ground and the Chief Secretary picked them up and left the room. Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.

The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.

Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.

The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.

Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.

The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.

According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.

“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.

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Singh said that the whole issue was a conspiracy to “bring down the Delhi government” and to “defame the AAP”. Wikimedia Commons

 

“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.

Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.

“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.

The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.

ALSO READ: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.

The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.

The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)