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No List No Donation: Common Man asks Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to show the Donation List on their Website

15,000 people have signed the pledge till now under the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign against AAP

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Dr. Munish Raizada and his team with the supporters of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha
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  • More than 15,000 people have signed the pledge till now under the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign against AAP
  •  Single point Questionnaire has been launched so that public opinion can be recorded, and we can bring end to the corrupt practices in AAP
  • Anna Hazare questions Arvind Kejriwal in his letter regarding the unfulfilled promises to him and the people and has come out in open support for Chanda Bandh Satyagraha
  • Anadhikrit Colony Vikas Sangh, which consists of 26 Resident Welfare Associations, too has extended the support to Chanda Bandh Satyagraha
  • Apart from Delhiites, who formed majority of the crowd; people came all the way from Punjab to support the campaign

New Delhi, Jan 5, 2017: This is the 12th day of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha and more than 15,000 people have signed the pledge and taken the resolution of not donating to AAP till it makes its political funding public.

The Satyagraha Campaign against AAP is garnering support from a large number of people and their number is increasing each day. Today, apart from Delhiites, who formed the majority of the crowd; people came all the way from Punjab to support the campaign.

The No List: No Donation Campaign against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi is in full swing and the ongoing signature drive is taking place at Rajeev Chowk Metro Station, Gate no. 7 in New Delhi.

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Supporters of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha

Single point Questionnaire has been launched so that public opinion can be recorded, and we can bring end to the corrupt practices in AAP.

Not only people, even social groups have also come forward to proudly support the campaign and are creating awareness among people to join the fight against corruption.

The campaign has taken on the opaque funding practices by AAP. It may be known that AAP preaches 100 % financial transparency in its donations, yet has discontinued showing names of donors from the website since June 2016.

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The satyagrahis of Chanda Band Satyagraha stand at public places in Delhi with banners and placards which essentially convey the message: “Take a Pledge not to donate to Aam Aadmi Party until it makes it Political Funding Public.”

During the ongoing campaign, the mother of a kid asked his son to support the No List: No Donation Campaign. This bears proof that there is so much need for clean politics in the nation. Anadhikrit Colony Vikas Sangh, which consists of 26 Resident Welfare Associations, too has extended the support to Chanda Bandh Satyagraha.

The satyagraha of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha stand at public places in Delhi with banners and placards which essentially convey the message: “Take a Pledge not to donate to Aam Aadmi Party until it makes it Political Fundings Public.”

AAP has also been issued notice by income tax department regarding opaque funding practices, but they have not taken any step regarding the transparency in political donations.
Volunteers of No List No Donation campaign are distributing pamphlets and speaking about the basics of the transparent political system to make public aware of the opaque funding practices in AAP.

Anna Hazare questions Arvind Kejriwal in his letter regarding the unfulfilled promises to him and the people. The campaign -blessed by Anna Hazare- is aimed at compelling the Aam Aadmi Party to do course correction since the party has refused to make details of its political donations public.

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A press conference was conducted in Chandigarh  on January 5,2017 which confirmed the launching of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha in Punjab from 9th January,2017 onwards. The proliferation of this campaign very prominently highlights the success of the Satyagraha.
The Chanda Bandh Satyagraha initiative has been taken up by Chicago-based Munish Kumar Raizada, a medical doctor and a suspended member of AAP.

Raizada has demanded 4 specific conditions to be met: Put all donations in public domain, donations should be searchable by name (and not only via receipt number), Missing Balance Sheets after 2014 to be made public and inquiry to be ordered in the dubious donations of Rupees 2 Cr that the party received in 2014. Kejriwal had promised an inquiry into this if came into power.

 

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Blow for Kejriwal: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

A big blow to the Aam Aadmi Party after the Election Commission recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs

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Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons
  • The EC recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs under the ‘office of profit’ pretext
  • AAP looks forward to approaching the Delhi High court
  • The controversy started after Prashant Patel had submitted an application to the President

The Election Commission has recommended the disqualification 20 AAP MLAs. The EC found them guilty of holding an ‘office of profit’. The recommendation has been sent to the President. If cleared, the disqualification would mean that AAP’s strength in Delhi Assembly will reduce from 67 to 47.

The 20 AAP legislators were accused of being unconstitutionally appointed as parliamentary secretaries to assist various ministers of the Delhi government. The EC’s opinion on this matter means that the AAP legislators are set to be disqualified, which could soon force a mini Assembly election in the national capital.

The party now looks forward to approach the Delhi High Court, pleading that the recommendation be struck down. Wikimedia Commons
The party now looks forward to approaching the Delhi High Court, pleading that the recommendation is struck down. Wikimedia Commons

“This is unprecedented. The MLAs in question didn’t get a chance to present their case before the EC. In fact, we didn’t hear the news from the EC, but news channels,” AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said.

ALSO READ: Anna Hazare comes out in open support about Chanda Bandh Satyagraha against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Opposition parties have demanded the immediate resignation of Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister of Delhi on moral ground.

The ‘office of profit’ controversy had started after a lawyer, Prashant Patel, had filed an application in 2015 to the President’s office. It questioned the appointment of AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.

The Congress had filed a petition in Election Commission in 2016 as a follow-up, based on this application. The opposition party sought disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs.

Kejriwal had appointed MLAs in March 2015 and his government passed an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, in June 2015. Wikimedia Commons

AAP had argued that this post did not qualify as an office of profit as there is no monetary benefit attached to it. But then President Pranab Mukherjee refused to give assent, following which the appointments were set aside by the Delhi High Court in September 2016, declaring them illegal since the order had been passed “without concurrence/approval of the Lt Governor”.

ALSO READ: Discontentment in the Aam Aadmi Party is resulting in Resignation and withdrawals from the party

In the first reaction to the EC recommendation, AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma tweeted:

Here’s the list of 20 MLAs who have been recommended to be disqualified: 

1. Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli)
2. Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar)
3. Praveen Kumar (Jangpura)
4. Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar)
5. Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka)
6. Sanjeev Jha (Burari)
7. Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar)
8. Sukhvir Singh (Mundka)
9. Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar)
10. Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar)
11. Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk)
12. Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri)
13. Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar)
14. Manoj Kumar (Kondli)
15. Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh)
16. Avtar Singh (Kalkaji)
17. Vijendar Garg Vijay (Rajinder Nagar)
18. Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur)
19. Sharad Kumar (Narela)
20. Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar)