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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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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.

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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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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)