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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In an effort to weed out graft and transform the national capital into the country’s first “corruption-free city”, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) has decided to come up with a blueprint to tackle corruption.

The comprehensive “anti-corruption” strategy comes close on the heels of the launch of the anti-corruption helpline by the party.

Speaking on the prominent issue of corruption on AAP’s agenda, AAP Delhi Convener Ashutosh said, “We are on the process of preparing the blueprint after launching the 1031 helpline. The war against corruption has started. To give it a more robust shape and to decide on the extent of party’s involvement, a strategy is being worked out.”

“Our commitment is to make Delhi the first corruption-free city and we will take all possible steps in this regard”, he further added.

AAP also derided BJP’s decision to name its own MLA Vijender Gupta as the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly and not conferring the same to anyone else in Lok Sabha.

“AAP believes that all political parties should respect each other and respect the opposition without which the government won’t be accountable. We gave the post to BJP despite having overwhelming majority,” Ashutosh said.

“But strangely BJP has not taken any step towards this direction even after 11 months of assuming office. They should learn from us and consider our decision as an example otherwise we would wonder whether the BJP has less trust on democratic norms”, he added.

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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.