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.
New Delhi, April 6, 2017: Last week, Dr. Munish Raizada, the front runner of No list no donation initiative, along with other supporters marched to the AAP MLA offices, to give them the holy book Srimad Bhagavad Gita, symbolizing their demand for AAP Shudhikaran.
Many of volunteers expressed grave disappointment regarding the insouciance of AAP MLAs and higher authorites. AAP MLAs turned a blind eye to the initiative. Dr. Ajay Jamdagni said that if AAP MLAs are not accepting Bhagvad Gita then, perhaps, we should give him Quran, citing Vote bank politics played by AAP. Mr. Hari Shankar Sharma, former worker of Nangloi Vidhan Sabha said “Lok Tantra ke muh par bahut bada tamacha maara hai AAP ne” (AAP has been a great disappointment to Indian democracy). He also said that in this party sycophants and corrupts rake the rewards.
On April 2, Dr. Raizada along with supporters were marching towards Nangloi’s MLA office. Supporters were distributing the flyers consisting of details about No List No donation campaign (Chanda Bandh Satyagraha) to the residents of Vandana Vihar and its adjacent localities of Nangloi.
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AAP MLA Girish Soni of Madipur neither came out nor accepted the holy book. On the other hand, Nangloi’s MLA Raghuvendra Shaukeen was informed prior about the program, but he happened to not be present in his office.
No list No donation campaign aims to restore three fundamentals of AAP- Financial transparency, Internal Lokpal and expulsion of Party-High-Command culture. No list No Donation campaign aims to reclaim the essence of AAP on which it was founded.
New Delhi, April 03, 2017: The Delhi Congress on Monday said it is looking at a straight contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming civic body polls, and not with the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
“I think our fight is with the BJP, not the AAP. Woh (BJP) abhi josh me hain (They are high on power). On the other hand, the AAP has been exposed. The Punjab and Goa results are for all to see,” senior Delhi Congress leader and former Speaker of Delhi Assembly Subhash Chopra told IANS.
Asked about a few Congress leaders quitting the party and a few other seniors threatening to do so, Chopra said that although there is “some resentment”, true Congressmen would not desert the party.
“Of course, there is some resentment in the party. And that is natural because there were 10-12 aspirants for each seat, but the ticket could be given to only one.
“Those who did not get tickets, or senior leaders whose choice candidates were not given ticket are bound to be somewhat unhappy. But that does not mean they are quitting the party,” Chopra said.
He said that Ashok Kumar Walia “did not even once” speak of quitting the Congress, and that words were put into Walia’s mouth.
“I have spoken to him just now and he said that he did not say anything to that effect,” Chopra said.
He said that Amrish Gautam quit the party because his son was not given a ticket.
“Quitting your party because your son was not given a ticket? A true Congressman would never do that,” he said.
Chopra said that a transparent method of ticket distribution was adopted this time around.
“Candidate’s winnability and workers’ choice were the criteria (for giving tickets). As many as 39,000 Congress workers were contacted over telephone before making a final choice,” he said. IANS