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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

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

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    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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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)