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Here is how 2 Children of an AAP Volunteer speaks about their Father’s Misused Loyalty

Roshan has been serving the Aam Aadmi Party even before its inception, and despite living in rented accommodation he financed AAP at the cost of his children’s education.

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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign against AAP's corrupt politics at Rajiv Chawk Metro, Gate No. 7

New Delhi, April 04, 2017: Roshan Lal Falwaria is a popular name in Madipur assembly, who laid the foundations of AAP’s presence in the assembly that led two AAP’s mega victory.

The same Roshan is now fighting a battle against corruption with his own party. The ticket distribution for the upcoming MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) elections have made AAP famous for all the wrong reasons and has brought a massive unrest among its hardcore volunteer base. Roshan Falwaria also has been raising his voice against the massive selling of tickets by AAP leaders since weeks and now has also decided to contest MCD elections.

Last month, Roshan protested against his own AAP leaders in an unprecedented way. He along with his wife and kids sat on a Dharna outside AAP Ministers Satyender Jain and Gopal Rai for almost a week with all his belongings with a plea to urge the AAP Ministers to buy his household belongings so that he can pay the quoted ticket price to Madipur MLA Girish Soni.

To normalize the negative perception and media attention created by him throughout the Dharna, Roshan was called for a negotiation and it was promised to him that all the matters will be given heed and introspected thoroughly. However, it all went into vain and ended in empty rhetorics of the typical politicians.

Recently, Roshan Lal produced a video showcasing his two kids speaking about their father’s honest commitment towards the party and ill-usage of the loyalty of their father.

The video demonstrates that with the involvement of common man in building the party, not only the volunteer but the entire family of the man comes into the effect of malice spell.

Newsgram contacted Roshan Lal Falwaria to know the series of malpractices in the Madipur Vidhan Sabha related to the MCD elections.

“My MLA, Girish Soni is absolutely corrupt. The people who constituted Madipur Vidhan sabha are nowhere to be seen in the party now.” Roshan from Madipur Vidhan Sabha told Newsgram.

Roshan further told Newsgram, “I was asked 25 Lakhs for the MCD ticket (Baakio ke liye 30 lakh rupiyaa or aapke liye 25 lakh rupiya)”.

Previously, in the story of unlawful distribution of MCD tickets, we learned that Abha Mittal from Madipur Vidhan Sabha was solicited a bribe of 2 crores for the MCD ticket.

Roshan has been serving the Aam Aadmi Party even before its inception, and despite living in rented accommodation he financed AAP at the cost of his children’s education and his business.

The party professed honesty and Anti-corruption propagandas in the initial days of its formation nevertheless when asked to Roshan Falwaria, the core AAP volunteer about the preaching of AAP, he refuted each one of them saying, “I have not observed any principles until now which the party professed earlier during its struggle years.”

“Gopal Rai, the Rural Minister of AAP Govt now fails to recognize me despite having cordial relation with him in the past.” He further said.

“Kejriwal applauded me in front of everybody for my contributions to build AAP structure in the assembly and campaigning for AAP but now things have soared oddly” states Falwariya.

He further wails by saying, “When my daughter went to meet Kejriwal urging him to meet me while I was on Dharna for illicit practices of ticket distribution, nobody was there to listen to her cries. I kept sitting in front of his house for almost a week, but none of the ministers approach me to pay heed to the woes, not even Arvind Ji!”

Roshan Falwariya is now considering to contest MCD elections.

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The Fall of the poster boy of Indian politics – Nitish Kumar

How Nitish Kumar gave his career a downfall drift

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Nitish Kumar

Amulya Ganguly

At one time, he was the poster boy of Indian politics. Not only did he slay the villain of Bihar’s “jungle raj” in 2005 by rounding up lawless elements after winning an election and launching social and economic development projects, he also scored another resounding electoral victory in the company of a new set of friends, including the “villain”, in 2015.

It appeared at the time that he could do no wrong. So much so that he was seen as a possible prime ministerial candidate of the “secular” front.

But, then, the rise and rise of Nitish Kumar came to an abrupt halt. He remains Bihar’s Chief Minister, but the halo round his head has frayed.

The reason is not only his switching of friends in what is seen as an exercise in crass opportunism, but also his pursuit of policies which are out of sync with the modern world and threatens to reinforce Bihar’s reputation for backwardness by turning the entire state into a virtual dehat or village.

The first step in this bucolic direction was the imposition of prohibition which has robbed Bihar’s clubs, hotels and intellectual watering holes of cosmopolitanism. Now, Nitish Kumar has taken yet another step backwards by demanding 50 per cent reservations for the backward castes in the private sector.

To begin with the second step, it is obvious that by threatening to take the quota system to such an absurd level, the Chief Minister has scotched any hope of industrial growth in a state which is crying out for investment.

In 2012, Bihar received investment proposals worth Rs 24,000 crore. In the post-liquor ban period, they have dropped to Rs 6,500 crore.

If his new ally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had any hope, therefore, of making Bihar the beneficiary of his Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas goals, he can bid it goodbye.

Nitish Kumar’s latest pitch in favour of the backward castes is all the more strange because he cannot seriously expect that his proposal will pass muster at the judicial level.

Like most Indian politicians, he is more interested in posing as a champion of whichever group he is courting at a given moment than in adopting measures which have a reasonable chance of success.

He merely wants to impress his targeted audience by showing that he did make an honest effort, but was stymied by the “system”.

Whether it is prohibition or reservations, Nitish Kumar’s ploys tend to underline crafty political manoeuvres rather than any genuine intention of acting in the state’s interest.

Unfortunately for the Janata Dal (United) leader, his gambits are too palpable to deceive anyone. In the case of the reservations, it is clear that Nitish Kumar is still battling his old adversary-cum-ally-cum-adversary, Lalu Prasad Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Since Nitish Kumar belongs to a numerically small and politically less influential caste — the Kurmis — than the RJD’s powerful Yadavs, he has never been at ease in Lalu Prasad’s company whether at the time of their camaraderie during Jayaprakash Narayan’s anti-Congress movement or when they were a part of the state government after the 2015 election victory.

The focal point of Nitish Kumar’s political career has been to establish himself as the foremost leader in the state. Lalu Prasad’s conviction in the fodder scam case enabled Nitish Kumar to be the No. 1 in the Janata Dal (United)-RJD-Congress government.

But he appeared to be forever looking over his shoulder to check whether he was being undermined by the RJD which has more MLAs than the Janata Dal (United).

Prohibition was the policy which he embraced to win over the lower middle class and rural women to his side. But, predictably, the liquor ban has led to an increase in drug abuse with 25 per cent of the cases in de-addiction centres now dealing with the users of cannabis, inhalants and sedatives.

Unlike prohibition which is not aimed at any caste, the demand for the 50 per cent reservations is intended by Nitish Kumar to bolster his position vis-a-vis Lalu Prasad since both are intent on playing the backward caste card.

It is also a message to his partner in the government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), about the importance of the quota system for the Chief Minister, especially when the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mohan Bhagwat, is in favour of doing away with reservations altogether.

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Bihar’s chief minister gave his political career a U-turn.

When Bhagwat expressed his views during the 2015 election campaign, the BJP quickly distanced itself from them for fear of losing the backward caste and Dalit votes. Even then, the BJP’s reputation as a brahmin-bania party remains intact. Besides, it is now more focused on playing the nationalist card than on wooing the backward castes.

Nitish Kumar must have thought, therefore, that the time was ripe for him to up the ante on the caste issue if only to let the BJP know that he cannot be marginalised as the BJP has been tending to do since tying the knot with the Janata Dal (United).

But, whatever his intention, Nitish Kumar cannot but be aware that his position is much weaker now than when he was in the “secular” camp. Nor is there any chance that he will regain his earlier status any time in the near future.(IANS)

 

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Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif Indicted on Corruption Charges

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Muhammad Safdar, husband of Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ousted Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif, waves from a a vehicle as he arrives at an accountability court in Islamabad. VOA

Islamabad, October 19: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from information taken from the so-called “Panama Papers.”

The country’s anti-corruption court indicted the 67-year-old Sharif during a hearing Thursday in Islamabad. His daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammed Safdar were also indicted. Maryam Sharif and Mohammed Safdar appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A lawyer for the elder Sharif, who is in London with his wife as she undergoes cancer treatment, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Maryam Sharif angrily dismissed the allegations as “baseless.”

Sharif was disqualified by Pakistan’s Supreme Court and removed from office in July after leaked documents last year from a Panama-based law firm revealed the family held a number of unreported overseas assets.(VOA)

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Journalist Behind the Panama Papers Killed in a Car Bomb

Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a "one-woman WikiLeaks".

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Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device. (Representative image) Pixabay

Valletta, October 17, 2017 : A journalist who led the Panama Papers probe into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her residence, the media reported.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device, reports the Guardian.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.

Her latest revelations accused Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack, the Guardian reported.

Malta’s President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, called for calm. “In these moments, when the country is shocked by such a vicious attack, I call on everyone to measure their words, to not pass judgement and to show solidarity.”

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In a statement, Muscat condemned the “barbaric attack”.

“Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine,” said Muscat, adding “Both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way.”

He announced in parliament later on Monday that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officers were on their way to Malta to assist with the investigation, following his request for help from the US government.

According to local media reports, Caruana Galizia filed a police report 15 days ago to say that she had been receiving death threats.

The journalist posted her final blog on her Running Commentary website at 2.35 p.m. on Monday, and the explosion, which occurred near her home, was reported to police just after 3 p.m.

Over the last two years, her reporting had largely focused on revelations from the Panama Papers, a cache of 11.5 million documents leaked from the internal database of the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. (IANS)