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No List-No Donation Campaign: What is it all about and Why is it Important to make India Corruption-Free?

The “No List: No Donation” is a Satyagraha (insistence for truth) launched against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for shielding its donations from public view

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No List No Donation Campaign against AAP

December 16, 2016: A former co-convenor of AAP’s NRI Cell, Munish Raizada has launched an online petition ‘No List-No Donation Campaign’ against AAP as it is hiding the details of the donations for the past six months.

The “No List: No Donation” is a Satyagraha (insistence for truth) launched against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for shielding its donations from public view.

AAP claims that it is different from other parties because of its transparency in financial transactions. It claims that the party will function with full transparency in the financial transaction. To run the people’s party every single rupee collected by donations will be publicly declared on the AAP’s website and all the expenditures will also be mentioned on the website.

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However, when you’ll open the AAP’s website and try to find out the donor’s list, you’ll see the page says “Under Construction. New Version coming soon.”

And the page is “under construction” for six months, now. The page of donors list is not available from June 2016.

So, the suspended Aam Aadmi Party member, Dr Raizada had set a deadline of December 3, 2016 to unveil the details of the donation by writing an open letter on 26th November. Since the party failed to do, he started an online pledge via Change.org which seeks support from the public and also launched a website www.NoListNoDonation.com to intensify it.

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On 24 December 2016 at 10 am in Rajghat, Delhi the cause will be launched where he, along with people supporting the cause will be present and they would be going towards New Delhi Vidhan Sabha.

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As Dr Raizada said on the social media, “ From there we shall proceed to New Delhi Assembly Area where 4 years back we had promised a corruption-free India to the public of India. BUT now, we shall seek Apology from Delhi’s public for hiding their donations that they gave us (to our party) in the promise of honest and transparent funding. And also, we shall start a signature campaign for #चन्दाबन्दसत्याग्रह (ie, Pledge not to donate to AAP unless it makes it donations public).”

SIGN THE PETITION HERE – LET US TAKE A PLEDGE NOT TO DONATE TO AAM AADMI PARTY UNTIL IT MAKES ITS POLITICAL DONATION PUBLIC 

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Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s Exit Raises Questions Over AAP’s Future in Punjab

Though the damage done by the party to itself in the last three years will be known after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, it will be a sad day for people in Punjab who saw AAP as a third viable option but were let down by the party itself

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File photo: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

The recent exit of politically outspoken leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fold in Punjab, at a time when general elections are around the corner, has raised a question mark over the party’s political future in the state.

It is not that Khaira, who was elected on the AAP ticket in the February 2017 assembly polls, was indispensable for the party in Punjab.

His exit, however, has shown that the AAP central leadership in Delhi continues to be unaffected by the self-created crisis in the Punjab unit that began in August 2016.

Khaira, who was suspended from the AAP along with another legislator, Kanwar Sandhu, in November 2018 for “anti-party activities”, last week floated a new party – Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP) – and has given enough indications of splitting the AAP down the middle.

Six AAP legislators in the state were present at the launch of the new party even though they did not share the stage with Khaira.

The AAP’s Punjab unit is in complete disarray – be it the leadership crisis, lack of political direction or agenda or the complete disillusionment of its cadre.

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Arvind Kejriwal.

It’s not the first time that the AAP central leadership has committed political harakiri with the Punjab unit. It has become clear now that the AAP central leadership, instead of letting the Punjab unit take on the ruling Congress and the SAD-BJP alliance, ends up shooting itself in the foot every time.

Khaira was earlier unceremoniously removed as Leader of Opposition (LoP) by the AAP central leadership in July 2018. He openly rebelled against the party high command by dissolving the the AAP’s Punjab organisational structure and seeking complete autonomy for the state unit.

The AAP ousted its then Punjab unit chief, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, on flimsy bribery charges in August 2016, just months ahead of the assembly polls.

Chhotepur, who nurtured the party right from the day of its conception in Punjab, was shown the door after the emergence of a video clip in which an AAP worker was shown giving money to him. Even before this, Chhotepur was being sidelined in Punjab affairs with Delhi leaders like Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak calling all the shots.

As the Chhotepur episode unfolded, AAP leaders at the constituency and district level rebelled. Chhotepur, who accused the AAP central leadership of corruption in allotting tickets for various assembly seats, finally exited the party and formed a new political outfit – the Apna Punjab Party (APP) that has practically remained a non-starter.

The AAP appointed actor-comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, with no political experience, as its state convener in place of Chhotepur. Ghuggi left the party on a sour note just months later.

Two AAP MPs from Punjab, Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa, were suspended in August 2015 for questioning the AAP’s leadership style.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Flickr

Gandhi, a cardiologist and known social worker, is the MP from Patiala constituency, while Khalsa, a former diplomat, represents Fatehgarh Sahib in the Lok Sabha. Gandhi was also unceremoniously removed from the post of leader of AAP in the Lok Sabha.

The AAP, which was completely rejected elsewhere in the country in the April-May 2014 general elections, won four Lok Sabha seats from Punjab – Sangrur, Patiala, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib.

The AAP started the year 2016 on an upswing. Poll surveys and the party’s own political calculations gave it anything from 75 to over 100 seats in the 117-member assembly.

The party, however, finished second and managed to end up as the main opposition party with 20 legislators. One legislator, lawyer-activist H.S. Phoolka, resigned from the assembly seat recently and even quit the AAP.

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With Khaira’s exit, his status as a legislator and the future of the six legislators who seem to be in his camp, will be seen in the coming months.

The party, which is the newest entrant on Punjab political scene – dominated largely by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress over the decades – is facing as much a challenge from its implosion.

Though the damage done by the party to itself in the last three years will be known after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, it will be a sad day for people in Punjab who saw AAP as a third viable option but were let down by the party itself. (IANS)