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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha: Why was No List No Donation Started and Why there is a Huge Debate on Rejecting AAP?

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December 18, 2016: A former member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and ex-co-convener of the NRI cell of AAP, Dr. Munish Raizada started a campaign against the party which has removed the donors list from the website for past six months.

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No List No Donation Campaign against AAP
No List No Donation Campaign against AAP

It should be recalled that the Aam Aadmi Party won a lot of public support after it announced that it will be focusing on the chanda (donations) it collects from the common man and would be the people’s party. The party also claimed that they will run on the donations of common public and would only work for their interests and not for any individual or groups with vested interests.

It also claimed that it will be transparent in its dealings and promised that the party put will be putting the list of donors on its website. In this year, July, the list of donors was taken off from the AAP’s website. The page says, “Under Construction. New Version coming soon” for past 6 months.

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On 26th November, in an open letter, the suspended Aam Aadmi Party member Dr Raizada asked the party to unveil the list of the donors by giving them a deadline of 1 week to reveal the details.

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Since the party failed to do that, Dr Raizada’s started the Chanda band Satyagraha, the campaign is about asking people not to donate until the party puts the list of donors back on the website. He has even launched a website www.nolistnodonation.com for the same.

On 22nd December, the team of NoListNoDonation Campaign or Chanda band Satyagraha will be meeting Anna Hazare to discuss the matter. On the following day, they will be talking about the matter in details with the media in a press conference in New Delhi.

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Chanda Band Satyagraha will be starting on the ground level on December 24th as people supporting the campaign will be gather in New Delhi, Rajghat.

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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.