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AAP’s ticket distribution mechanism is full of corruption and Nepotism, a party member reveals through an open letter

Almost in majority of the ladies reserved seats, either dummies have been given tickets or para-dropped candidates, that too in a well-planned manner

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March 27, 2017: For past few months, Aam Aami Party is making news for all the wrong reasons. People who once were the ardent supporters of the AAP are coming out in public disdaining the party with a growing hub of dishonesty and corruption. The recent report by Income Tax department and  Election Commission of India validate the allegations of corruption, debauchery, and fraud running over the party. The party which emerged out of the gargantuan public support with its promise of bringing an alternative in Indian political sphere, is now struggling hard to conceal the anti-social and unlawful practices running the party. The latest in its growing illicit-list is the reigning Nepotism and corruption in the distribution of tickets for forthcoming municipal election in Delhi.

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The author of this piece, Neeru Bahl was a Women Wing President in her assembly and also among many of the fierce supporter and volunteers of the AAP who yielded the ground and helped in setting the foot of the party; They lay the foundation of the party among the public. With the passing of times, all the promises seem to be vanishing in the thin air, leaving the people and volunteers in fury and discontentment. Neeru wrote this piece on Quora asking the leadership of AAP about the plunging disparity within the internal management that has hollowed out the ethics of the party.

        An open letter exploring the reason behind the pain of AAP women wing.

Dear Bhavna Gaur (Delhi State women wing President) and Mamta Kundu (Delhi state women wing Secretary),

I have been a foot soldier of Aam Aadmi Party since inception and have NEVER ever asked for a ticket in any elections or flaunted photo ops with leadership on social media. I was women wing president from my assembly since 2 years and relieved myself from the post three days back. I continue to be a member of AAP.

Today, I write to you, to remind you about AAP’s Mahilla wing of Delhi and in particular about our ladies who have been there with AAP since inception. Many among them became members of a political party for the first time because ‘a political revolution’ had begun!

It was our ‘Mahila Shakti’ that convinced people to vote for AAP in Delhi, has been to Amethi, Varanasi during Lok Sabha 2014 elections and to Punjab and Goa too.

I remember clearly madam, that in our meetings of AAP mahila wing, whether at ward level or at Vidhan Sabha level, since last year, you used to say that, this time AAP has decided to reserve seats for ladies for the MCD elections. You used to further say that we all are your sisters and you will see to it that tickets on women reserved seats are only given to the real deserving women volunteers and not ‘dummies’.

If you recall you used to say, dear sisters, the only condition is that you work on the ground, so that you can say, here are my sisters from women wing that have worked and deserve tickets. Even AAP’s Delhi state convener Dillip Pandey has officially stated the same to media.

Now, what has happened dear madams, why the whole women wing is heartbroken?

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Almost in the majority of the ladies reserved seats, either dummies have been given tickets or para-dropped candidates, that too in a well-planned manner.

Now, how is it well planned?

Madam, it is very simple to understand. They joined the party some time back and then some posts were created for them, and Voila! It could easily be said to media and public that see we are for women empowerment!!

I am baffled! When I can feel the hurt of my fellow sisters and I have given up my post as women wing president of my Vidhan Sabha in solidarity with them, despite the fact that I am NOT a ticket seeker and did not fill the nomination form, how can you not feel the same pain? Almost all of our fellow sisters have been reaching out to you all internally.

To name a few (The list is longer, though), Suman Kaushik, Abha Mittal, Shashi Gautum, Shubhlata Awasthi, Savita Mishra, Gurpreet, Preeti Tiwari, Neetu Bhatti, Poonam Joshi, Bhawna, Kulveer Kaur, Sapna Banswal, Renu Thakur, Pushpa Singh, Robina Khan, KumKum Singh, Ranjeeta Gurrani, Seema Bharadwaj…. what was wrong with them?

Why were they denied tickets when they have been working for AAP since years and each one can efficiently give output equivalent to two male workers?

When there is no explanation, there is one explanation: Ticket seeking is a sin. No, it is not.

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Our leaders have also contested elections and Mahila wing state president is an elected MLA. If ticket seeking is such a sin then we shouldn’t have made a political party and should have continued as a civil society movement. Likewise, leadership should have always stayed away from elections.

As I write, I know tickets in 17 wards have been changed, and some are under review.

This itself vindicates volunteers’ stand that there has been unjust ticket distribution.

But a question will always hound: Why did the unjust ticket distribution take place at first place and what was the intention behind this?

Thanks,

Neeru Bahl

Here’s the link to the post published on Quora.

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Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif Indicted on Corruption Charges

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Muhammad Safdar, husband of Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ousted Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif, waves from a a vehicle as he arrives at an accountability court in Islamabad. VOA

Islamabad, October 19: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from information taken from the so-called “Panama Papers.”

The country’s anti-corruption court indicted the 67-year-old Sharif during a hearing Thursday in Islamabad. His daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammed Safdar were also indicted. Maryam Sharif and Mohammed Safdar appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A lawyer for the elder Sharif, who is in London with his wife as she undergoes cancer treatment, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Maryam Sharif angrily dismissed the allegations as “baseless.”

Sharif was disqualified by Pakistan’s Supreme Court and removed from office in July after leaked documents last year from a Panama-based law firm revealed the family held a number of unreported overseas assets.(VOA)

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Journalist Behind the Panama Papers Killed in a Car Bomb

Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a "one-woman WikiLeaks".

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Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device. (Representative image) Pixabay

Valletta, October 17, 2017 : A journalist who led the Panama Papers probe into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her residence, the media reported.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device, reports the Guardian.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.

Her latest revelations accused Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack, the Guardian reported.

Malta’s President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, called for calm. “In these moments, when the country is shocked by such a vicious attack, I call on everyone to measure their words, to not pass judgement and to show solidarity.”

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In a statement, Muscat condemned the “barbaric attack”.

“Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine,” said Muscat, adding “Both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way.”

He announced in parliament later on Monday that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officers were on their way to Malta to assist with the investigation, following his request for help from the US government.

According to local media reports, Caruana Galizia filed a police report 15 days ago to say that she had been receiving death threats.

The journalist posted her final blog on her Running Commentary website at 2.35 p.m. on Monday, and the explosion, which occurred near her home, was reported to police just after 3 p.m.

Over the last two years, her reporting had largely focused on revelations from the Panama Papers, a cache of 11.5 million documents leaked from the internal database of the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. (IANS)

 

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Amit Shah Rejects Allegation of Money Laundering on Son Jay Shah

"Where has money laundering been done? All the transactions happened through cheques and banks," claimed Amit Shah at an event.

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Amit Shah, BJP National President. Wikimedia

Ahmedabad, October 13, 2017 : Breaking his silence, BJP president Amit Shah rejected allegations of money laundering against his son Jay Shah whose company had reportedly recorded an extraordinary spike in business after the BJP came to power at the Centre, and asserted that it had not done any business with the government nor taken any kickbacks.

He also said that unlike the Congress, which had faced many corruption charges in the past, his son has shown courage to file a civil and criminal defamation suit on the allegations levelled against him and “invited a probe against himself” by this step.

“There is no money laundering involved in Jay’s company. This company is completely in commodity business, where turnover is more while the profit is less. We have exported bajra, corn and rice while coriander was imported. And after doing a turnover of Rs 80 crore, they don’t tell how much they made profit,” Amit Shah said at an “India Today” event “Gujarat Panchayat”.

Answering questions, he said that after making a turnover of Rs 80 crore, Jay made a loss of Rs 1.5 crore. “Where has money laundering been done? All the transactions happened through cheques and banks,” he said.

Asked about Jay Shah filing a defamation suit against the publication, Shah said: “Before answering your question I would like to ask you one thing. After Independence, how many corruption charges have been made against the Congress?

“Please understand this is not corruption. Many allegations of corruption were made against the Congress. Did it ever file a civil suit or defamation suit? No. Why they lacked such courage? Today Jay has filed a defamation as well as civil suit and is demanding a probe himself. Those who have the evidence can submit it to the court, and then the court will decide,” the BJP president said.

He said: “We have ourselves invited a probe and on the company issue I want to clarify that it has not done business with the government of even Re 1 nor taken any government land or tender. Neither has it received kickbacks as in the case of Bofors.”

When asked about Jay’s company securing unsecured loans, Shah said it was not unsecured loans. “It was a line of credit,” he added. (IANS)