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DDCA Scam: Jaitley files Rs 10 cr civil defamation suit against Kejriwal

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New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed a Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and five others in the wake of allegations of corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) levelled against him by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) while rubbishing the charges as “baseless”.

Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore damages from the AAP leaders – who have demanded the Finance Minister’s resignation – for making “false” statements against him over alleged irregularities in DDCA which he headed for 13 years till 2013.

Jaitley – flanked by top ministers like Venkaiah Naidu, Smriti Irani and Piyush Goyal – went to the Patiala House Court where he filed the suit. Jaitley told the court that he did not take a “single penny” from the cricket body.

The court took cognizance of the FM’s complaint and scheduled the next hearing in the case for January 5.

This comes as BJP MP Kirti Azad – who has alleged massive financial irregularities in Delhi’s cricket board – called for a CBI inquiry in the scam in the Lok Sabha and also dared Jaitley to sue him.

Kejriwal has demanded Jaitley must resign or be removed from his post as union finance minister to enable an independent probe into DDCA matters. The city government has reportedly ordered a probe into the DDCA’s working.

Jaitley made a statement in the Lok Sabha amid protests by Congress MPs on Monday, saying that “All these allegations of corruption in DDCA are baseless and devoid of truth.”

The Finance Minister told the House that under his leadership in just Rs 114 crore, a stadium of 42,000 capacity was made. However, when Congress was in power, the 14,000 capacity Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) stadium was renovated for around Rs 900 crore, he claimed.

As Jaitley was making the statement, the Congress MPs continued to raise slogans and disrupting him.

An exasperated Jaitley apparently screamed at the Congress lawmakers asking them to “sit down”.

“Please sit down. Facts will be extremely inconvenient,” he said.

Taking a dig at Jaitley, Kiriti Azad said in Lok Sabha, “Yes the stadium was made in 114 crore, but we know what the condition of the stadium is right now.”

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm following the uproar over DDCA scam.

Addressing the media on Sunday with former player Bishan Singh Bedi, Azad sought an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate into the working of the DDCA.

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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.