Chandigarh: Nearly a dozen supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were injured on Sunday, as they were cane-charged and teargassed by Chandigarh Police while they were protesting against the pesticides scam here.
Police also used water cannons to disperse the AAP workers when they tried to proceed towards the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here. Earlier, the AAP protestors were stopped near Sector 57, close to Chandigarh’s boundary with the Mohali town in Punjab.
The protesters were demanding a time-bound judicial probe into the pesticides scam in Punjab due to which cotton growers in the state suffered losses running into hundreds of crores of rupees, AAP youth wing president Harjot Singh Bains said.
An audio is in circulation since 2-3 days in the official WhatsApp groups of Aam Aadmi party that exposes the murky politics into which Aam Aadmi Party has got indulged into.
The recently concluded MCD Elections 2017 has marked the sixth back to back defeat of AAP after its thumping 67 seats mandate in Delhi. Although the prime official reason for AAP defeats is said to be the intentional manipulation of the EVMs (Electronic voting machines) but the real reasons somewhere go down internal unchecked corruption within the AAP, that has also led to disengagement of the ground volunteers of the party.
The audio clip in circulation is the conversation between the Ward Secretary of Sangam Vihar assembly and a ground volunteer of the party.
The conversation reveals that AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya was quite upset with AAP leaders as they did not give the ticket for just concluded MCD polls to the person whom he had suggested but decided on their own.
NewsGram confirmed with Tarun regarding the audio clip and he clearly states that the MLA has asked the ground volunteers not to cooperate with the candidate Pankaj Gupta so that he loses the election. The audio also exposes how AAP MLAs have not been working in their constituencies and Delhi residents were unhappy with Delhi Government’s functioning.
The audio also reveals another alarming fact!
The whole party is now a puppet in the hands of 4-5 people introducing the ‘High Command’ culture in the party and MCD tickets were sold by some AAP leaders.
The name that surfaces in the alleged ticket selling that surfaces here in the conversation is of Sanjay Singh, who has sold the tickets for MCD elections.
Tarun, the ward secretary says in the audio, “If you want a ticket from the party, simply pay Rs.25 lacs. Gone are the golden democratic days of the party when tickets were awarded to the most deserving candidate of the party through internalised voting system.” He further says, had he knew that by paying Rs 25 lacs he could have got the ticket, he wouldn’t have spent money working on the ground for AAP but would have directly paid to the leaders”.
The AAP functionary continues and says that he is highly disappointed with the party. The party came into the politics with the passion to change the prevailing corrupt political system in the country. But lately, the party has changed itself in a negative manner and now all its passion is directed towards playing the routine corrupt politics.
The talk also verifies another allegation of volunteers, namely para-dropped fielded by AAP leadership for MCD polls.
Rajesh (as named in the clip) from Wazirpur (North) area was given ticket by AAP leadership when he was not even supported by a majority of AAP volunteers of that area. Also, a new face, Neelam Agarwal from Tughlakabad Extension was given ticket whom no volunteer had ever seen working for the party.
Towards the end of the audio, it was also known that many ground level workers have decided not support the questionable candidates fielded by AAP leadership.