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 Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.
Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.
“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.
Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.
Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.
“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.
He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.
Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.
“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”
He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.
“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”
The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)