Punjab, March 19, 2017: The washout of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab Elections 2017, accentuates the focus on pervading corruption within AAP. ‘Chanda Bandh Satyagraha’ or NoListNoDonation has also been fighting against the restoration of transparency in political funding of AAP since December 24, 2016.
Now, AAP’s defeat too shouts out the agenda of the campaign.
As the lack of transparency gives rise to all the malicious practices that can operate within the administration of the party. Opaque funding has also given the way to the unethical distribution of tickets and biased selection of members into the party.
The honest and deserving volunteers who had watered and nurtured the party with their hard-work have been ignored. Internal democracy has been replaced with high command culture into the party’s governance.
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Recently, a petition has been signed demanding Arvind Kejriwal to remove Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak from the party, holding them responsible for massive defeat in Punjab.
The petition reads:
“With this petition, we are appealing to Arvind Kejriwal, Please listen to the voice of all the volunteers of Punjab and overseas as well and remove Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak from their positions because volunteers have lost faith in them. “
These two were the incharges of the party in Punjab elections. According to the petition filed, they should have resigned themselves taking the responsibilty of AAP’s defeat on their shoulders.
It should be noted that these two people are very close aides of Arvind Kejriwal.
While signing the PETITION, Shikhar Singh from San Franciso (U.S.A.) blames AAP for selling their tickets for Lacs of Rupees. The innocent and honest people have been discarded. Tainted, undeserving and corrupted members were given preference.
Himanshu and Sangram from India also accuse the party for being indulgent into wrong practices while signing the petition.
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Dr. Munish Raizada, Former co-convenor of AAP NRI wing and convener of ‘Chanda Bandh Satyagraha’ raises a valid question. He says,The party is a small club managed essentially by 6-7 individuals. ‘Chanda Chor Gang ka mukhiya’ (ring leader of Chanda Chor Gang) very well knows what all has happened in Punjab and the reasons for their devastating defeat”.
Further, Dr. Munish Raizada adds that if a party cannot keep its funding transparent, how can they talk about removing corruption from the system?
Raizada has been struggling for bringing back the lost morality and transparency in the party through ‘Chanda Bandh Satyagraha’ or NoListNoDonation campaign which aims to seek a pledge from the public not to donate to AAP if it does not display its donor’s list.
The fact that Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak are among the people who are closest to Kejriwal implies that he is not ignorant of the malignant activities that have been taking place behind the name of politics.
The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.
“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.
His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.
The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.
“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.
Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.
“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.
Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”
He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.
A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.
The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.