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Chidambaram lashes out at govt after raids on firm linked to son

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New Delhi: Hours after raids were conducted in Chennai on a firm linked to former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s son, the senior Congress leader slammed the government for its “malicious onslaught”, calling upon the Centre to target him directly, instead of harassing his family members.

Two raids were conducted by the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department in Chennai and one of them was on Advantage Strategic Consulting, a company with which Karti Chidambaram, the minister’s son, was reportedly associated earlier.

“If the Government wishes to target me, they should do so directly, not harass friends of my son who carry on their own businesses and have nothing to do with politics,” the former union minister said in a statement, adding, “My family and I are quite prepared to face the malicious onslaught launched by the Government.”

According to reports, two directors of Advantage Strategic Consulting had been summoned by the ED in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case and charges of money laundering.

The investigating agencies are reportedly probing an alleged financial transaction of more than Rs 200 crore between these two companies raided on Tuesday and Aircel Maxis just before clearance came from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board or FIPB for the Aircel merger. The case is a part of the overall probe into the 2G scam being monitored by the Supreme Court.

Here’s the full text of Chidambaram’s statement:

I am traveling and I have been informed about searches conducted on certain firms in Chennai allegedly linked to my son.

If the Government wishes to target me, they should do so directly, not harass friends of my son who carry on their own businesses and have nothing to do with politics.

We have made it clear, repeatedly, that no member of my family has any equity or economic interest in any of the firms that are being targeted. They are companies that are professionally managed and are capable of answering any questions that may be put to them by the authorities. I condemn the attempt to link them to my son and harass them on that ground.

The agenda of the Government is being implemented by an officer of the Enforcement Directorate who has a pending dispute with the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. Orders in his case were apparently passed during the term of my predecessor. He met me and wanted me to intervene in his favour. I declined and I told him that I cannot reverse orders that were issued during the term of my predecessor. The change of Government has given him an opportunity to misuse his powers to harass my son and his friends.

My family and I are quite prepared to face the malicious onslaught launched by the Government.

P. Chidambaram

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Here’s How the Song “Kitna Chanda Jeb Mei Aaya” Talks About the Corruption Done by AAP

"Kitna Chanda Jeb Mei Aaya" song is a part of the upcoming web series "Pradarshita: Transparency"

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The song "Kitna Chanda Jeb Mei Aaya" talks about the political funding and corruption done by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government AAP. Wikimedia Commons

By Kanan Parmar 

The song “Kitna Chanda Jeb Mei Aaya” is a part of the upcoming documentary web series titled “Transparency: Pardarshita“, directed by Munish Raizada. The web series reflects upon the corruption and false promises of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The song “Kitna Chanda Jeb Mei Aaya” has been fervently sung by the legendary singer Udit Narayan. It is penned down by the well-known lyricist Annu Rizvi and composed by Pravesh Mallick.

“Kitna Chanda Jeb Mei Aaya” is more than ‘just a song’ as it talks about the political funding and corruption done by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government AAP.

The reason why this song is different from other songs is that this song isn’t merely meant for entertainment. The song has the power to speak for the disappointment, anger and distress of the common man.

People had expected a lot from Aam Aadmi Party but alas, they were deceived and cheated by the party.

All political parties are mostly crowdfunded, but the citizens do not simply donate money for no reason. The citizen lives in the hope of witnessing development.

In the name of “chanda’, meaning donation, the citizens were cleverly looted by the party. AAP had removed its donors’ list from the website in June 2016, and that’s when they moved away from being responsible, accountable and transparent to the citizens.

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The song “Kitna Chanda Jeb Mei Aaya” is an appeal to AAP to stop playing dirty politics. Wikimedia Commons

Ironically, the core principles of the Aam Aadmi Party are: transparency, decentralisation of power, and vigilances. It’s evident how the party cannot keep up with its own principles and that is why it would be useless to expect AAP to fulfill the promises it made to the citizens.

“Kitna Chanda Jeb Mei Aaya” song aims to educate the people to not fall for the meaningless words and promises of the Aam Aadmi Party.

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This song is an appeal to AAP to stop playing dirty politics. This song isn’t merely melody but it speaks for truth, justice and transparency.