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Punjab Assembly Elections 2017: AAP candidates spotted going Antipodean to Law

Just before the Punjab Assembly Elections, another new side of the Aam Aadmi Party unfolds

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– by Himanshi Goyal 

New Delhi, Feb 2, 2017: India is the world’s largest democracy. The key feature of any democracy is the power that has been bestowed on the citizens to elect their representatives. These representatives not only serve as nation’s voice but are also responsible for its development.  A minister is expected to be virtuous in each and every strand of his life.

Discarding basic founding principles of the party, the Aam Aadmi Party has now joined hands with criminal elements as well.

For Punjab Assembly elections scheduled for February 4, the debutant AAP has not left any stone unturned to fill its coffers. They want to win the elections by hook or crook.

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As per the report published by the ADR (Association of Democratic Reforms), 9  candidates fielded by AAP are having serious criminal charges. These serious criminal charges include murder, attempt to murder, crime against women, kidnapping etc and so cannot be ignored as politically motivated charges.

Sukhwinder Singh(Bhola Mann), fighting elections from Sardulgarh constituency is, although a businessman and agriculturist by profession but is only educated till 8th standard. In the affidavit submitted with the Election Commission, the following charges are mentioned-

  • IPC Section- 354. Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty.
  • IPC Section- 452. House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint.
  • IPC Section- 392. Punishment for robbery
  • IPC Section- 324. Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
  • IPC Section- 379. Punishment for theft.
  • IPC Section- 506. Punishment for criminal intimidation.

 

He has also been prosecuted for other crimes which come under IPC Section- 148, 149 and 120 (B).

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Kanwal Preet Singh, a farmer by profession from Qadian constituency also carries with him a big criminal baggage. He has been slapped by the following charges:

  • IPC Section- 336. Act endangering life or personal safety of others.
  • IPC Section- 324. Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
  • IPC Section- 323. Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt.

A degenerated and debased politician is most vulnerable termite that is eating away the nation’s progress. Politicians like Charanjit Singh and Baljinder Kaur are getting tickets easily in AAP when they have their names scribbled amongst the law-breakers.

Baljinder Kaur, also AAP Women Wing President for Punjab, is contesting from Talwandi Sabo was blamed for coming in between the investigation of criminal matter and interrupting an elected official from discharging his responsibilities. She is also perceived to be the guiding force behind certain riots.

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Balbir Singh, standing from Patiala also holds pending criminal records filed against his name.

 

  • He was responsible for deceiving and ensuring delivery of specific property by corrupt means under IPC Section-420.
  • He has been also charged with possession and using deadly to threaten people (IPC Section-324).
  • He is well known for creating riot like situations resulting in bloodshed.
  • He was also prosecuted under IPC Section- 506 describing punishment for criminal intimidation.

 

Aman Arora from Sunam constituency has filled up his store houses by cheating people and leading forbidden assemblies carving out ideas to serve private ends. There are many other cases of assaulting-

  • IPC Section- 452. House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint.
  • IPC Section- 148. Rioting, armed with deadly weapon. Whoever is guilty of rioting, being armed with a deadly weapon or with anything which, used as a weapon of offence, is likely to cause death.

Moreover, AAP has formed an alliance with Lok Insaf Party of Punjab which involves a tie-up with Bains Brothers. Simranjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bain, famously called as the Bains brothers have a long list of criminal record.

They are already facing cases under IPC Section- 395 and 397 for dacoity and robbery with an intention of murder respectively. They have been arrested earlier for drug dealing and illegal mining in Punjab.

However cliche it might sound, be careful while voting as every vote counts!

 

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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

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These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

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The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)