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New Delhi: Aam Admi Party today opened another front against Arun Jaitley in the DDCA corruption issue with party leader Ashutosh alleging that the finance minister tried to interfere with the police investigation against the irregularities in the sports body.

Yesterday, CM Arvind Kejriwal in an interview with NDTV targeted the finance minister of India.

Today DDCA also said that they will file a defamation case against the AAP and its leaders.

The tussle is increasing every day with attacks and counter attacks being hurled at each other from both the parties.

The AAP versus BJP fiasco is nothing new in Indian politics. Arvind Kejriwal once said things about BJP leader Nitin Gadkari and in reply Gadkari filed a defamation case. It created controversy and lot of talks but after a while everybody moved past along.

There is a probability that this will also have the same fate. Ironically in India the more noise about an issue, the faster it dies.

It also raises the question why AAP is so interested in DDCA. The simple explanation is that they are the ruling party in Delhi and DDCA is the official cricket organisation of Delhi. It is also to be noted that DDCA is an autonomous body.

The other explanation is AAP acting as a vigilante, unearthing corruption happening anywhere.

There might be more to this strife between AAP and BJP over DDCA. First, it is simply an example of going after your opposition, trying to bring them down, ans malign their image, which will clearly lead to personal benefits.

First, it simply is an example of going after your opposition, trying to bring them down, maligning their image which will clearly lead to personal benefits.

Indian cricket is so strong at the world level that it almost acts like how America acts in general. There is a lot of power and money involved. Every politician in India tried to control their state’s cricket body which can lead them up to BCCI.

PM Narendra Modi himself was the Chief of the Gujarat Cricket Association while he was also the CM of the state. Now BJP Chief Amit Shah holds this position. Many leaders like Sharad Pawar, Anurag Thakur, and Jyotiraditya Scindia are the heads of their state’s cricket body. Arvind Kejriwal might be attempting to do the same thing.

This confrontation does not seem to end in the near future. It will be interesting to see if the allegations put forth by the AAP are proved right and what will be their consequences, and if not, then how much AAP will be able to retain its credibility as they have made so much noise already that it will be hard to take a step back.

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  • P. B. Josh

    Running hard, expending all its energy for this bouncers and Jaitley just ignores them. That is equivalent to common male action when he gets exhausted and achieves nothing.

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  • P. B. Josh

    Running hard, expending all its energy for this bouncers and Jaitley just ignores them. That is equivalent to common male action when he gets exhausted and achieves nothing.

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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.