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‘No one will be spared if they indulge in corruption’ :Kejriwal

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New Delhi: Two days after publicly dismissing a minister, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday warned all AAP legislators that no one would be spared if they indulge in corruption. Stressing on the need for value-based politics Kejriwal called a meeting of all the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators.

“We say that we have honest people in our cabinet but it pains whenever anyone is caught indulged in corrupt practices. We will not spare any MLA or party member if caught involved in corruption,” he said in the meeting which came after Food Minister Asim Ahmed Khan was sacked for allegedly demanding Rs.6 lakh in bribe from a builder.

Khan is the second minister in the AAP government to exit in disgrace. Earlier law minister Jitender Singh Tomar was forced to resign in June after police arrested him on charges of faking his educational degree.

During the meeting, Kejriwal made an emotional appeal to all legislators to opt for honest and value-based politics and think about their families before doing anything against the law.

“Please do think about your family before committing any misdeed. It will be a social embarrassment for one’s entire family if he is caught over the corruption charges,” he said, adding the entire system, the central government and police, was against the AAP government so the legislators should be ready to go to jail.

Family members of the AAP legislators also attended the meeting.

Addressing the gathering, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “It was a tough decision to sack Asim over corruption charges but the party will not shy away from repeating it.”

After the meeting, a legislator said, “MLAs shared their experiences. It was a get-together just like a family.”

Controversial leaders including Somnath Bharti, who was recently released on bail in a domestic violence case filed by his wife and Tomar also attended the meeting. Khan and Timarpur legislator Pankaj Pushkar were not invited.

Reacting at being left out, Pushkar told reporters, “This questions whether the real fight is against corruption or against some individuals.”

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken meanwhile hit out Kejriwal over Tomar’s presence.

“Kejriwal Ji (sic) with MLA family members on corruption & On High Table with Kejriwal is #FakeDegree Ex-Law Minister Tomar!” he tweeted.

The AAP has 67 legislators in the 70-member Delhi assembly.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom.

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A global anti-corruption watchdog says the United States has dropped four spots in its list of nations’ anti-corruption efforts and is now no longer listed in the top 20 for the first time.

Acting U.S. Representative at Transparency International, Zoe Reiter, calls a four point drop in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) a “red flag.”

She says it comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing “threats to its system of checks and balances” and an “erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”

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“If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally,” Reiter says.

The United States scored a 71 in the perceptions index after scoring 75 the previous year.

“The expert opinion captured by the CPI supports the deep concern over corruption in government reported by America in our 2017 survey. Both experts and the public believe the situation is getting worse,” Reiter said.

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Transparency International uses several criteria for measuring how well a country is fighting corruption, including checks and balances on political power, controls on conflicts of interest and private influence on government, and voter suppression.

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom. (VOA)