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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha reaches every corner of Punjab to create Awareness about opaque Funding Practices by AAP

With its simple demand to the Aam Aadmi Party to make its donations public, the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha started by Dr. Munish Raizada gains more popularity day by day

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*After successful launch of the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha (No List No Donation campaign) in New Delhi where more than 20, 000 people have taken the pledge Not to donate to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) until it makes its donations public, the campaign is currently taking place in Punjab from Jan 11, 2017

*A press conference took place in Jalandhar (Punjab) on Jan 10 as a pre-launch. Currently, the signature drive is taking place in the state, in Hoshiarpur and  Amristar, Jalandhar where more than 2500 people have signed the banner.

*Volunteers of No List No Donation campaign have been distributing pamphlets outside Golden Temple, Amritsar and are educating the public about the basics of transparent political system to make public aware of the opaque funding practices in AAP.

*Dr Munish Kumar Raizada has also submitted the petition to Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding the misleading financial behaviour of AAP

*Earlier, based upon submissions from Dr Munish Raizada, Anna Hazare had questioned Arvind Kejriwal in his letter regarding the unfulfilled promises to him and the people

*AAP was issued notice by income tax department regarding opaque funding practices, but the party has not taken any step regarding the transparency in political donations

Jalandhar, Jan 14, 2017: After the successful launch of the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha signature drive in New Delhi with more than 20,000 people having signed the pledge not to donate to  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the campaign is currently taking place in Punjab from Jan 11, 2017.

The aim of the campaign is to create awareness among people in Punjab against AAP’s corrupt funding practices before the upcoming elections on February 4. It is now more of a fact that the party which cannot keep its promise to the common people to make the donation list public, will also take their share from Government funds and misuse
them, if they are elected.

Earlier, Anna Hazare too had questioned 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.

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A press conference took place in Jalandhar (Punjab) on Jan 10 and the signature drive has so far taken place in the state, in Hoshiarpur, Amritsar and Jalandhar in Punjab, where more than 2500 people have signed the banner. Volunteers have also gone to Golden Temple and distributed pamphlets in the area to make people aware of the AAP’s corrupt practices.

AAP volunteers in Punjab too have come forward to support the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha campaign; the disappointment and betrayal by their own party have left them helpless.
Launched by its own volunteers, the Satyagraha campaign has taken on the opaque funding practices of AAP. 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.

The satyagrahis of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha stand at public places 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.”

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An auto driver in Hoshiyarpur, Punjab says, ” I will not donate even 1 rupee to AAP, it has failed to fulfil its promises to common man.” With the formation of AAP, there seemed a national movement against corrupt practices but with time the party is too ruled by corruption, as a result, people are finding it cynical when a party talks about “bringing change” or “revolution”.

The No List: No Donation Campaign against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched in Rajghat, New Delhi on December 24, which was followed by the signature drive at Rajeev Chowk Metro Station, Gate no. 7 in New Delhi. More than 20,000 people came forward to support the campaign by signing the pledge.

Dr Munish Kumar Raizada has also submitted the petition to Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding the misleading financial behavior of AAP.

People joining the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign against AAP are increasing everyday in number.

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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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.

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

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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.