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Centre asks Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to furnish details of Overseas Funding

Union Home Ministry asked the Arvind Kejriwal-led party to explain certain fundings from abroad

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Jai Nath Mishra (extreme left) and Dr Munish Kumar Raizada centre) during Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign
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New Delhi, May 5, 2017: Delhi’s ruling party, AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) was questioned by the Narendra Modi government today, to provide details of overseas funding due to the following suspicion that it might have violated the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, an official said.

Welcoming the center’s decision, former AAP member Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada through Chanda Bandh Satyagraha or the No List No Donation campaign says, “We want the party leadership to come clean on the sources of its donations. The party should mention details of all the donations received by it and put it in public domain on the website.”

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After suspecting that the funding from overseas might have violated FCRA provisions, the Union Home Ministry asked the Arvind Kejriwal-led party to explain certain fundings from abroad, mentioned PTI report.

The communication to AAP was part of its “routine” queries sent to a few other political parties regarding overseas funding to them, the MHA official said. He further made it clear that it was not a show cause notice and a decision on it would be taken only after the AAP comes with its reply.

AAP’S RESPONSE

AAP’s replied to the Home Ministry’s notice by calling it a “political witch hunt.”

The party said, “we have nothing to hide. We are ready to face any probe and party will fully cooperate with all concerned officials and agencies. It’s worth mentioning that the Ministry of Home Affairs had given us a clean chit before the High Court on this issue and now they are sending us fresh notices.”

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“It is a clear case of political witch hunt. All the agencies at Centre’s disposal have been unleashed against Aam Aadmi Party, its government in Delhi and its ministers. Which is very dangerous for democracy,” it added.

– prepared by Staff writer at NewsGram 

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    Read my blog post about my experience of having worked with Arvind Kejriwal and Kapil Mishra.

    It shows that Kejriwal has been dishonest in having Kapil Mishra branded a ‘BJP agent’.

    Kejriwal’s own willing association with BJP goes back at least to the summer of 2009.

    Also it is very clear that Kejriwal has turned away from the concept of Mohalla Sabhas that were to realise the ‘Swaraj’ that he promised to the people.

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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.