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In retrospect: Arvind Kejriwal – the most-preferred CM candidate in Delhi Elections 2015

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Arvind Kejriwal: From a Whiz Kid to a Revolutionary Politician
by Dr. Bhan Garg

Delhi Elections 2015 and AAP

Just a few hours later as the Assembly Elections 2015 begin, Delhi would start voting for its own destiny. So far Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party is the most-preferred CM candidate. The author takes an elaborate view about the person who nearly changed all equations of the Indian politics just within a year.

 

A child born in a middle class family in a small town in Haryana was once envisaged as a whiz kid. It was expected from this son of an engineer to become an IIT-ian which he did and nobody would have been surprised had the same IIT-ian made a fortune abroad or risen high in the IT-corporate corridors with the name of his company on major stock exchanges in India and even abroad as lots of IIT-ians have already done. However, instead of making his brand name in the IT sector, this IIT-ian took a different route and became successful in creating a new brand in Indian politics.

We all have read about different revolutions in the history of the world and we have also witnessed the Arab Spring where authoritarian rulers such as Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi and Ben Ali were taken out of power in bids to establish democracy in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia respectively. India in this context is a different ball game as, instead of a dictator, India is ruled by those who are elected by its own people. Unfortunately, the politicians who are elected turn by turn mostly behave as autocrats for five years and some of them are dynastic rulers. To make matters worse, these powerful politicians are all hand-in-glove with each other in terms of corruption, protecting and favoring their donor crony capitalists and other propagators of irregularities. Kejriwal was using the lesser-known Right to Information Act (RTI) to provide a solution by silently preparing for something very different and custom-made to address the complications of a rotten political system that has a nexus of megalomaniac politicians, crony capitalists, dissolute bureaucracy, and lax police. He was preparing the Jan Lokpal bill with the help of some eminent lawyers – the father and son duo of Shanti and Prashant Bhushan. He was successful in creating a buzz by igniting an anti-corruption movement popularly known as the Anna Hazare movement. The movement was nothing short of a revolution of its own kind – it was comparable to the Arab Spring, which was going on in several countries at the same time.

Arvind Kejriwal, an IIT-ian turned IRS officer, strongly believed that charity starts at home. He kept his image clean despite being a joint Commissioner of Income Tax – a position in the Income Tax Department, much known as one of the most corrupt departments of the Indian government. Instead of becoming part of the same corrupt culture in his department, he not only kept himself away from corruption but also started an NGO called Parivartan, which means change or transformation. This is where he successfully used the RTI to bring effective changes in the lives of people at the lowest level of the social hierarchy, earning a prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006 for emergent leadership in a campaign against corruption. This award was a considerable milestone in his life, as it was enough to label him as an anti-corruption crusader. This former taxman and a silent, hidden crusader against corruption became much more visible and vocal as a hero on Anna Hazare’s platform for the Jan Lokpal bill. Anna Hazare may have been the face of the movement, but it was Kejriwal who was its brain. He was rightly accepted as the brain behind the movement as time proved and was projected by the media as a rising star in the civil society. The majority of middle class people including the intellectuals lost hope when the Anna Hazare movement fizzled away upon passing of the lame Lokpal bill, ridiculed as the “Jokepal bill” by Kejriwal, but he was unfazed and accepted the challenge thrown at him by entering into politics himself. He made a political party which is now popularly known as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) because it is a party for the common people he himself belongs to. Sometimes, it seems that destiny was in his favor – on top of an excellent name, he chose the broom, a symbol of cleanliness, as the party’s symbol. He proudly waved a broom during the election campaign, as it symbolized his promise to clean the rotten, corrupt political and bureaucratic systems. The broom quickly established itself as a brand in the Indian politics, making it an incredibly powerful party symbol.

Kejriwal, the whiz-kid was known to achieve success at everything in his first attempt, whether it was entering the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) or cracking the Civil Services Examination, which is the most difficult Indian Administrative Services exam. However, despite his track record being limited to academics and social activism, he surprised everybody when he took the oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi after his debut election. He reluctantly agreed to head a minority government after consulting the “aam aadmi” (common people) in 287 special gatherings throughout Delhi, called “jansabhas” (street corner meetings), consequently earning praise from his people for an unprecedented exercise and example in the history of Indian politics, hesitating before forming a government whereas other political parties typically try their best to form one in any way possible including unfair means such as political horse-trading and luring MLAs from other parties by offering ministries. As surprising it was to see him form government, it was just as surprising to see him resign on moral grounds after a mere 49 days of governance. And Why? He could not pass his Jan Lokpal bill which was dear to his heart and the centerpiece of his political agenda, thus proving once again that his brand of politics is of a unique kind since he wants to change the system, not acquire power. The majority of electronic and print media, which was playing in the hands of established political parties and crony capitalists, labeled Kejriwal a “bhagoda” (he who ran away), but he once again won the hearts of the people by admitting and apologizing for his political mistake in assessing the outcome, successfully blaming the Congress government at the time for not conducting a fresh assembly election along with the general elections, and successfully blaming the central government for delaying the elections while continuing to rule indirectly through the governor’s rule.

Revolution has mostly been seen as a violent exercise using the power of bullet rather than the power of politics. Kejriwal started practicing revolutionary politics – a combination of revolution and politics – in order to prove that the power of a ballot is mightier than that of a bullet. He catalyzed a transformation in the political system even before he formed the AAP and he continues to do that today at an alarmingly high speed, setting off what we can call a political revolution. With elections around the corner once again, this ‘muffler man’, another name he recently earned in social media, is poised to emerge even stronger than before despite the media and all other political parties trying their best to stop him as the status quo suits them. This muffler man, very dear to NRIs who saw his brand of politics as the only way to save India, will definitely succeed in his endeavors sooner or later and all of the forces trying their best to stop him are poised to fail. Since his entry into the political arena, he has been continuously slandered by both the grand old party, Congress, and Bharatiya Janata Party. The slander includes accusing him of foreign funding despite each party previously filing an affidavit in court declaring that contributions by NRIs cannot be labeled as foreign funding, thus contradicting their own propaganda. Despite the accusations, however, he has remained unfazed and both of the parties have failed to prove any wrongdoing on his or his party’s behalf. Now, both of the national parties are failing in the herculean task of tackling the rising popularity of AAP in Delhi. It is pertinent to mention here that those in the Third Front are trying their best to join hands with AAP without realizing that they are part and parcel of the same rotten political system that Kejriwal is fighting hard to change. Though the grand old party is virtually finished in Delhi, the ruling party, BJP, might use all possible unfair means to get the upper hand in the upcoming assembly election, ranging from fake votes to fielding dummy candidates with the same name and matching symbols, buying votes, and distributing liquor and money to lure voters. BJP accepted defeat when they could not find any credible CM candidate to match Arvind`s stature in honesty, and brought his one time associate Ms. Kiran Bedi, a fresh face in politics. BJP subsequently made its own local leaders peeved by declaring her the CM candidate, over night. She, instead of adding to the credibility of BJP, lost her own and now almost all opinion polls are showing AAP edging ahead of BJP with Arvind Kejriwal as the most-preferred CM face. Mr. Prime Minister and his team are rattled miserably and working overtime, indulging in smear campaign by deploying 19 Ministers, 125 MPs and 13 Chief Ministers to stop a ‘common man” but history indicates that this “revolutionary politician” will succeed once again against all the odds and the hurdles created by the saffron party, marching ahead with an echo of ‘Jai Hind’ to change the India’s destiny for good.

The author is a practicing veterinary surgeon in Canada. He can be reached on Twitter @bcgarg. These are his personal views.

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Delhi government’s liquor license scam exposed

AAP has turned Delhi into liquor den.

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Arvind Kejriwaal,Delhi CM.Flickr
 • Illegal liquor licenses granted in shopping malls
 
• Swaraj India protests against illegal vends at Cross River Mall
 
• Illegal vends have turned the mall into a liquor den
 
• Liquor license scam, a perfect example of unholy collusion between AAP & BJP
 
• Arvind Kejriwal, who came to power on the promise of making Delhi addiction free, has today become the Badal of Delhi and Manish Sisodia another Majithia.
New Delhi, Nov 5: Newly formed political party, the Swaraj India has exposed a major scandal in the distribution of liquor licenses by the Delhi government. Party’s Chief National Spokesperson and Delhi State President, Anupam, said that the Delhi government is illegally distributing L10 category liquor licenses enabling dealers to open vends in shopping malls of the city.
The Delhi government offers licenses in the L-10 category to liquor vends in shopping malls of the city. Definition of shops operating from within a mall is clearly stated in the law and the rule mandates that all shops operating from within a mall should be opening up within the building only and cannot have an entrance towards the exterior side of the mall. But Delhi government and the mall management have created these liquor shops against the approved map of the mall. Every week, the Excise officials of Delhi Government are supposed to inspect liquor vends existing in the city, but not a single objection has been raised against these vends that are blatantly violating rules every single day.
And this has resulted in around a dozen liquor vends springing up in just the ground floor of the Cross River Mall. This has turned the shopping mall into a den of liquor vends leaving people living in nearby residential areas helpless. Neither the Delhi government nor the MCD and nor the Delhi police are even taking note of this broad daylight scam. “Is this not a direct sign that all the levels of the government and administration are complicit in letting this illegal trade grow?” Anupam asked.
Everyone in Delhi is well aware of how the employees of MCD don’t lose a moment to demand their share when any construction work begins anywhere. But when illegal constructions are done at such a large scale in a big mall, the MCD doesn’t even blink an eye.
Cross River mall is located in an area from where the Councillor, the MLA as well as the MP are from the BJP. The illegal license is being granted by AAP led Delhi government. It is surprising to see such a harmonious blend between the Aam Aadmi Party and BJP. Promoting liquor trade in Delhi seems to be such a profitable business for both the BJP as well as the AAP that it has brought together the two parties that are otherwise always at loggerheads. Are the black transactions involved in such liquor business the real reason why not a single question has yet been raised by anyone or any party?
Earlier in the last, the Delhi government has eased rules for granting the license to new liquor vends by reducing the minimum carpet area required from 1000 to 500 square feet. And now, in clear dereliction of rules, even vends are being run in the shopping malls.
 On Sunday, Swaraj India’s Mahila Swaraj Morcha protested against the numerous liquor vends in Cross River Mall of Delhi and demanded that the liquor shops be closed down. And in this mall in Shahdara, around a dozen liquor shops have been opened up by granting illegal licenses of the L10 category. And outside this mall, that has been turned into a den of liquor vends, a crowd of drunkards creating an atmosphere of hooliganism has become a daily affair. There has been a continuous increase in crime in the drunken state, where eve-teasing & snatching have become a regular affair.
Sarvesh Verma, President of the party’s Mahila Morcha, said that Arvind Kejriwal who rode to power on the promise of making Delhi an addiction-free city has today become the Badal of Delhi with Sisodia as another Majithia.
Anupam said that though the Delhi government’s anti-women policies will result in the promotion of alcohol addiction but Swaraj India will not let these nefarious plans succeed. The party has earlier as well launched mass agitations against the granting of liquor licenses in residential areas of Delhi, because of which the Delhi government was compelled to announce a ban on the distribution of new licenses. If the government does not immediately order an investigation into the illegal L10 vends and stop this unholy collusion, the Mahila Swaraj Morcha of Swaraj India will take this agitation ahead for the betterment of Delhi.

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Anti-Punjab Conspiracy: Apologise to Punjabis for Branding them as Drug Addicts, Demands Akali Dal to Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal

A survey by PGIMER had revealed that drugs abuse in Punjab was just around one per cent of the 2.8 crore population in the state

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Sukhbir Singh Badal, President of Akali Dal in Punjab. Wikimedia

Chandigarh, Sep 11, 2017: Punjab’s opposition Akali Dal on Sunday said that latest findings of PGIMER survey listing drug addiction in the state at less than a per cent had yet again nailed the “anti-Punjab conspiracy” of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and demanded they apologise to the people.

“The latest comprehensive survey which was carried out in all 22 districts as well as 22 villages in each district, had exposed the anti-Punjab conspiracy of Rahul Gandhi and his team as well as that of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal,” SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal said in a statement here.

“Both leaders and their parties should now tell Punjabis why they branded them as drug addicts and tender an unconditional apology to the people of the state.”

Claiming that the “entire conspiracy was hatched to counter the development narrative of the previous SAD-BJP government”, Badal said though the Congress had succeeded in its goal of achieving power in Punjab, it had caused incalculable damage to its people and its economy.

“Both Congress and AAP played with the lives of the youth and made them virtually unhireable. The image distortion also dented the image of Punjab and Punjabis worldwide,” he said.

Highlighting Rahul Gandhi’s “nefarious role in this sordid chapter of Punjab politics”, Badal said he was “definitely the villain-in-chief”.

“Rahul uttered an utter lie to reap political mileage for his flagging party by claiming in October 2012 at a NSUI function in Chandigarh that 70 per cent of the state’s youth were drug addicts.

“This despite the fact that he knew well that he was reading out a sample survey of drug addicts of which youth formed a big share,” he said.

“During the Punjab assembly campaign this year, he insisted he was speaking the truth and even had the gall to ask Punjabis to admit they were drug addicts. Such behaviour coming from the chosen scion of the Gandhi dynasty is shameful,” he added.

A survey done by a team of doctors and researchers of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research had revealed that drugs abuse in Punjab was just around one per cent of the 2.8 crore population in the state.

Badal said that Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal and “his gang of outsiders had also tried to doom the future of the youth by claiming 40 lakh youth were drug addicts”.

“The PGIMER report puts the entire number of addicts in the state at 2.7 lakh. Other reports, included that conducted by AIIMS, had come out with even lower figures than this,” he added.

A detailed survey by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi had put the drug addiction at 0.84 per cent.

“The Punjab government also got a dope test conducted on 3.76 lakh youth who presented themselves for police recruitment. The test, which was conducted by the Baba Farid Health Sciences University, saw only 1.27 per cent candidates testing positive,” Badal said, citing a survey done during the Akali government last year. (IANS)

 

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If you have Rs 28 lakh in account, only then you are eligible to get an AAP ticket in Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections

The reason behind the eligibility criterion is that the candidate should be financially sound to be able to fight elections

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AAP volunteers oppose opaque political funding. Facebook
  • Gopal Rai said that if one wishes to fight the contest Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections on AAP tickets, then he/she should have at least Rs 28 lakh in their accounts
  • Gopal Rai met AAP members on 1 September 2017 to discuss the proposal
  • The candidate should be financially sound to be able to fight elections

New Delhi, September 3, 21017: When Arvind Kejriwal came into politics with Aam Aadmi Party, he promised it to be a clean, corruption free party but all the principles and morals of the party have gone into a drain.

Where have the principles of AAP gone?

The party in recent times has been in the news for all the wrong reasons- allegedly selling party tickets for polls in Punjab, heavy corruption charges, alleged Mohalla Clinic scam. The Party has lost the respect in people’s eyes many times by its shameful activities. AAP is trying hard to win back people’s trust since it lost Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.

Want an AAP ticket? Got Rs 28 lakh in the account?

The latest reason of AAP’s mockery is the strange clause put forth by Gopal Rai, state in-charge of Gujrat and national leader of AAP. He said that if one wishes to fight the contest Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections on AAP tickets, then he/she should have at least Rs 28 lakh in their accounts. Now, one can’t fight the elections as he is a deserving candidate, have good principles, motives, and ideas or wants to bring a change. But based on the money he/she has in the account, as only those who have Rs 28 lakh and more will be given a chance to contest Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections on AAP tickets.

Also Read: Aam Aadmi Party’s Mohalla Clinics come under scanner: Vigilance Department exposes, Ministers faked the rent amount

When AAP fought Delhi Elections, it was with the donation money they got from people and won the election. But, now AAP has changed its ways.

A need to meet the financial criteria

Gopal Rai met AAP members on 1 September 2017 to discuss the proposal.  According to Ahmedabad Mirror report, a leader who attended the meeting said: “A candidate will need not less than Rs28 lakh to prove that he can pull off the campaign financially in the constituency.”  The reason behind this eligibility criterion is that the candidate should be financially sound to be able to fight elections.

Also Read: Rankings of Aam Aadmi Party Delhi MLAs Drop due to Poor Performance. Praja Foundation publishes Latest Government Performance Report

Talking about the other 2 eligibility criteria, Harshil Nayak, AAP spokesperson said:

  • The candidate should have to be of clean repute and well-networked in his area
  • The candidate should have at least 2 people to support him in managing a booth

The party will launch its campaign on September 17, 2017. One of the party workers said, “A car and a bike rally will be organized at various places. We hope to get the permission, but if we don’t, the date may change. If not from all seats, AAP will fight the elections from at least a few.”


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