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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha- Common Man takes the New Year Pledge: Will Not Donate to AAP till it makes its Political Donations Public!

The campaign has taken on the Aam Aadmi Party's opaque funding practices

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  • More than 2000 people have signed the pledge today in The Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign against AAP
  • People belonging to several age groups, social groups have joined the fight against corruption
  • Anna Hazare questions Arvind Kejriwal in his letter regarding the unfulfilled promises to him and the people

New Delhi, Jan 1, 2017: On day 1 of the New Year, more than 2000 people have taken the resolution under Chanda Bandh Satyagraha campaign of not donating to AAP till it makes it political funding public.

The No List: No Donation Campaign against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi is in full swing and today was the 7th day of the ongoing signature drive at Rajeev Chowk Metro Station, Gate no. 7 in New Delhi.

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Not only people, even social groups have also come forward to proudly support the campaign and are creating awareness among people to join the fight against corruption.

Today, the mother of a kid asked his son to support the No List: No Donation Campaign. This bears proof that there is so much need of clean politics in the nation. Anadhikrit Colony Vikas Sangh, which consists of 26 Resident Welfare Associations too has extended the support to Chanda Bandh Satyagraha.

The campaign has taken on the opaque funding practices. It may be known that AAP preaches 100 % financial transparency in its donations, yet has discontinued showing names of donors from the website since June 2016.

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People joining the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign against AAP are increasing everyday in number. Today, apart from delhiites, who formed majority of the crowd, people cam long way from Punjab to support the campaign.

The satyagrahis of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha stand at public places in Delhi with banners and placards which essentially convey the message: “Take a Pledge not to donate to Aam Aadmi Party until it makes it Political Fundings Public.”

AAP has also been issued notice by income tax department regarding opaque funding practices, but they have not taken any step regarding the transparency in political donations.

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Volunteers of No List No Donation campaign are distributing pamphlets and speaking about the basics of transparent political system to make public aware of the opaque funding practices in AAP.

Raizada has demanded 4 specific conditions to be met: Put all donations in public domain, donations should be searchable by name (and not only via receipt number), Missing Balance Sheets after 2014 to be made public and inquiry to be ordered in the dubious donations of Rupees 2 Cr that the party received in 2014. Kejriwal had promised an inquiry into this if came into power.

Anna Hazare questions Arvind Kejriwal in his letter regarding the unfulfilled promises to him and the people. The campaign -blessed by Anna Hazare- is aimed at compelling the Aam Aadmi Party to do course correction since the party has refused to make details of its political donations public.

The Chanda Bandh Satyagraha initiative has been taken up by Chicago-based Munish Kumar Raizada, a medical doctor and a suspended member of AAP.

Link to online petition- https://www.change.org/p/aam-aadmi-party-take-a-pledge-not-to-donate-to-aam-aadmi-party-aap-unless-it-makes-donor-list-public?recruiter=15864522&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

Link to the Website- www.nolistnodonation.com

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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

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These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

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The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)