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New Delhi, Congress leader and former union minister Salman Khurshid has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted his own private success story with Pakistan and was pursuing a “policeman’s foreign policy” which was a disaster. 6869863393_538be2993c_b

Khurshid, the external affairs minister in the previous UPA government of prime minister Manmohan Singh, said there had been no significant returns to the country from Modi’s visits abroad in over a year of National Democratic Alliance government.

He said better relations between the government and the opposition in the country was a must to bring about a national consensus on ties with Pakistan.

“You can’t talk to another country when it is only half the voice of the nation. Unless full nation speaks, you cannot succeed with another country. And the big mistake Mr Modi is making is he wants to make his own private success story with Pakistan. That is not possible. That has never been possible. It is not possible now,” Khurshid said in an interview.

Border tensions have erupted between India and Pakistan within days of a bilateral meeting between Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Russian city of Ufa on July 10 in which both leaders agreed to a series of steps to improve bilateral ties.

Asked if Pakistan had made an about-turn from its position in Ufa, Khurshid said, “They are never capable or sincere in dealing with India’s concerns.”

“We have seen this over and over again. For anyone who is seeing it as an about-turn, we are fooling ourselves. It was never really intended by Pakistan to come on board with India’s concerns on security. It was done because they wanted to show something to the world and Mr. Modi wanted to show something to India,” Khurshid said, adding that Modi had a great panache for quick fixes.”

He also said that Modi was dealing with Pakistan in a pure tactical manner.

“Whatever Modi decides he has to do with Pakistan must have some strategic inputs. I think he does not really rely on adequate level of strategic inputs,” Khurshid said.

Asked if the government consulted the opposition on issues concerning Pakistan, Khurshid said: “That is their biggest inadequacy. I believe they like to do things on their own. That’s not the way democratic governments work. That is not the way the government of India worked, when we were in power.”

Asked about his remarks that Modi government’s foreign policy was failure, Khurshid said “it has not delivered anything anywhere.”

“They have not told us what they want to do. Just going everywhere and getting 21 gun salutes is not what diplomacy is about. Diplomacy is about furthering your national interest, making your presence felt and and getting your high priority items. What have we received in the last one year by way of delivery from any country that Mr Modi has visited,” Khurshid asked.

“I think a policeman’s foreign policy is what he is pursuing and a policeman’s foreign policy, to my mind, is a disaster. Policeman’s foreign policy is when you think you can play one against the other. When you can try to be smart with everybody else, not sincere with anyone. That’s the policeman’s foreign policy and that is more than apparent here,” he added.

Asked about performance of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, his successor in the ministry, Khurshid said “she hasn’t had the freedom to function.

“She would have done much better if she had the freedom. I think the prime minister likes to keep this area largely to himself. That’s their choice.”

Asked about the party’s prospects in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Bihar, Khurshid said the party was “very small” in the state compared to Janata Dal-United and Rashtriya Janata Dal, but hoped to make gains.

“I hope there is a good, solid secular coalition,” Khurshid said.

Asked about the timing of Gandhi’s elevation as party president, Khurshid said:

“He has a very clear head about how things should shape up and sequence of events. I will go by his instincts and his directions rather than my emotions,” Khurshid said.

Asked about perception that Gandhi was more active and articulate after his sabbatical earlier this year, Khurshid said the party leader may have reworked his strategy.

“I think he is always what he is now but there was something being lost in translation. I think he has probably worked out his strategy afresh”.

He said there was a sense of excitement in the party. “We were very subdued after the defeat but I think we have come out of that.”

(IANS)

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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.