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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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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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Indian Politics and Polity Shift to the Right and Away from Europe

India’s 2014 election was a clear rejection of the long serving Indian Congress Party and its soft socialism

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By Dr. Richard Benkin, Chicago

  • India is world’s largest democracy
  • Indian politics is always under international coverage
  • India is witnessing political shift due to its leaders and their transformation

The great democracy was electing its national leader.  It was a fight between the party in power with a leftist tinge; and the more conservative opposition with its upstart candidate. The media was rooting openly for the leftist candidate and would stop at almost nothing, even vilifying the conservative upstart as evil, not just wrong.  The candidate on the left seemed to feel entitled, that being head of state was all in the family.  And, as you probably have guessed, that candidate lost.  You might or might not have guessed that, despite the familiarity to American voters, this was not the United States.  It was India.

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Narendra Modi’ win in 2014 elections stunned the whole nation. Wikimedia Commons

India’s 2014 election was a clear rejection of the long serving Indian Congress Party and its soft socialism.  Its candidate, then 43 year old, Rahul Gandhi, was the son, grandson, and great-grandson of Prime Ministers; and though India is the world’s largest democracy, not the world’s largest monarchy, it was “his turn” to take the nation’s top spot.

The similarities between the Indian Congress Party and the US Democrat Party stop, however, with how the two parties and their dynastic candidates reacted to their defeats.  While there is ample evidence that the Democrats are moving further to the left, India’s Congress, and especially its former candidate, seem to have taken the lessons of their defeat to heart.  Moreover, we too often gauge a polity’s position on the left-right spectrum by which major party dominates.  In the Indian case, however, we get a deeper understanding by examining changes in the out of power party.

Also Read: Rahul Gandhi Elected as President of Congress Amidst Celebration of Followers

The Indian National Congress Party was founded in 1885 and, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, was the principal leader of the movement that led to India’s independence from Great Britain in 1947.  It has ruled India for roughly 57.5 of its 70.5 years as a modern nation (81.6 percent of its entire existence).  Congress fashions itself left-center party with “democratic socialism” as one of the party’s guiding principles; and over the years, I have written a number of articles, criticizing what I believe to be weak Congress policies.  It has followed the lead of soft left European parties, in contrast with the Indian nationalism of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Amitabh Tripathi is a well-known Indian political commentator.  I caught up with him in New Delhi in February and asked him about how the Congress Party was reacting to its crushing 2014 defeat.

RB:  So, was the 2014 election a strong statement about traditional Indian politics?

AT:  Definitely.  Till 1991, Indian politics was at a status quo with socialist, leftist, and communist stances prevalent.  After 1991, right wing politics emerged as a political force.  Since then, Indian politics has shifted to the right; and from time to time for more than two decades, left and right engaged in direct political confrontations.  Congress led the coalition of leftists; and the BJP emerged as the leader of the right.  The BJP ruled the country for six years (1998-2004) and its policies swung to the right, including a vocal and unapologetic relationship with Israel, moving forward strategically with the United States, and exploring India’s role in the Indian Ocean to contain China and its imperialistic ambitions. When the BJP lost power to a Congress led coalition in 2004, the Indian polity again shifted left; and Congress became a complete replica of its 1960s self—a totally leftist party.

Rahul Gandhi becomes the president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi Steps Down
Rahul Gandhi traveled to many Hindu temples during the campaign (something he avoided in his unsuccessful 2014 run). It is believed he also did not go to any Muslim places of worship, which was unusual for any top leader from the Congress Party.

In 2014, when elections occurred, the Indian polity moved on to the right on issues from economics to culture.  Before the election, Congress did not read the undercurrent of the people and moved even further left on those issues.  This has been widely acknowledged as the reason for its crushing defeat.

RB:  So it was a real shift to the right among Indians, which sounds a lot like our own experience in 2016.  In the US, the losing Democrat party has reacted by moving further left.  Has India’s Congress tried to understand the reasons behind its defeat?

AT:  The latter statement is correct.  Immediately after losing the elections, Congress realized it was not simply an electoral defeat.  Its ideological stagnation led to the historical loss.  And it tried to rectify that and re-invent itself.

RB:  How have they done that?

AT:  I observed it on three fronts, three major decisions.  First, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the former party President and current head of the dynastic family, took an almost “voluntary” retirement.  She had become the face of hard left and anti-Hindu policies.

RB:  Sounds familiar.  Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi has become the same here, but she does not seem to be going anywhere.

AT:  Second, in ten years of Congress rule, they openly flaunted themselves as very pro-Muslim, which irritated the majority Hindus in India.  But last year, in prestigious elections in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Sonia Gandhi did not address a single rally.  Plus, Congress Party Vice-President (now President) Rahul Gandhi traveled to many Hindu temples during the campaign (something he avoided in his unsuccessful 2014 run).  We believe he also did not go to any Muslim places of worship, which was unusual for any top leader from the Congress Party.  Some people might say it was an opportunistic political move, but I would say it was a well-calculated shift in the party to shed the tags of pro-Muslim and anti-Hindu.

Third, since the days of the freedom movement before independence, and during the rule of Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi (almost the entire period from independence to 1984); Congress followed the policy of demonizing the wealthy and glorifying the poor.  It seems, however, that Rahul Gandhi wants the population to know that he strongly favors the wealth generating middle class and capitalism; he opposes only crony capitalism.  He says the poor should aspire to become wealthy through greater opportunities and employment.

RB:  What about Rahul Gandhi himself?  Does he have a future in Indian politics?

AT:  Since 2014, we have watched his evolution from entitled politician to serious politician who understands the people’s aspirations and country’s need.  Perhaps most importantly has been his understanding of foreign policy and India’s role and responsibilities at a global level.  He has said that he’s ready to take the responsibility of the office of Prime Minister if elected, and he could make a formidable candidate.

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Rahul Gandhi can potentially cause a shift in Indian politics due to his transformation. Twitter

RB:  I’ve heard a lot of people talking positively about him and his growth in my time here.  I believe you also told me he has spent a lot of this time really listening to people from all classes and communities.  Thank you, Amitabh ji, it’s always a pleasure to hear your thoughts, and always a pleasure to be in India.

In a larger context, we have seen a reaction against decades of leftist overreach worldwide:  Donald Trump’s election; Brexit; and a number of elections in Europe rejecting the European Union and loss of national identity (most recently in Italy).  There has been little focus on Asia perhaps because it has not been in the orbit of traditional left-right equations in the West.  India, however, has become a major player on the world stage under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  It has historical conflicts with both Pakistan and China, and can be a major bulwark against Chinese expansion westward.  India also has strengthened its alliances with both the United States and Israel while maintaining relations with Iran.  The rightward movement there is highly significant in plotting future Indian geopolitical moves.

[Richard Benkin is a human rights activist and author with a strong concentration in South Asia.  Amitabh Tripathi appears often on Indian television and in other media.  He is also a contributor to What is Moderate Islam, edited by Richard Benkin.  This interview was conducted in New Delhi on February 27, 2018, while Benkin was there as part of a recently-concluded human rights mission.]