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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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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

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.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

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.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

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.