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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) issued unprecedented compensation to the farmers whose crops have been destroyed by the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms.

The decision of the Arvind Kejriwal led government to provide a compensation of Rs. 50,000 per hectare (Rs 20,000 per acre) to every affected farmer is highest ever by any government in India.

CM Arvind Kejriwal also declared other steps including subsidy to farmers for the purchase of seeds and fertilizers. He reiterated at a public meeting held at Mundka assembly constituency that his government is committed to safeguarding the interests of farmers in Delhi.

Each decision of the AAP government has highlighted its pro-people moral fiber, and it is also expected that the farmer compensation in Delhi will set an example for other states where the unseasonal rains have destroyed farmers’ crops.

Chief Minster stated that, “The compensation amount was agreed upon following the survey conducted by officials. Objections by farmers if any about the extent of loss will be decided in the panchayat meetings where respective MLAs and concerned officials of the area will be present.”

Kejriwal, on farmers’ complaints of not getting tubewell connections for irrigating the fields, said that Delhi Jal Board has been directed to clear the pending applications at the earliest. Also, the announcement of considering the demand of farmers of cheap electricity (different slabs) for farming was also made by the CM.

AAP also appealed to all of its volunteers to corroborate a resounding success of the April 22, 2015, march to Parliament against the Modi government’s anti-farmer land acquisition ordinance.

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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.