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By Tarun Pratap

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s fourth National Council meeting faced protest from the members of the party who were not invited to the meeting.

Rebels led by Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav protested the meeting and the suspension of the members. On the other hand, AAP sources clarified that the suspended members were informed regarding their suspension beforehand and protest was uncalled for.

Prashant Bhushan alleged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, he said that AAP leaders have lost morals and the party is becoming Khap rather than AAP.

He also said it is a betrayal of Anna Hazare’s dreams when asked about Kejriwal’s hug with Lalu.

One of the founding members of the party Shanti Bhushan accused that about 40 members were suspended and 90 others were not invited to  the meeting.

The existing AAP national council will be extended for next three years.

The National Council Meeting was supposed to discuss, Punjab, Bihar Polls, growing intolerance but no doubt that the protest must have been the main talking point.

AAP has always boasted about its internal democracy and how other parties lack it. However, AAP itself seems to have lost it. Whoever that has showed any kind of opposition within the party, was shown the door.

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The most important aspect of the democracy is to respect the opposition and its criticism. AAP authorities have not taken it well. AAP is becoming a one-man show. Arvind Kejriwal makes the tallest of the claims and then does something which is just the contrary.

He has been receiving flak from all sides for his hug with Lalu. While it should not be considered more than a courteous gesture but Kejriwal defending himself by saying that ‘Lalu pulled me’, proves that he himself thinks that he is wrong.

These cases are so common in Indian politics that public does not even get surprised. This point has been raised time and time again that AAP is a political party just like all the other parties and the claims of alternate politics are far from the reality.

A section of the population and media have now realised what to expect from them.

The problem in the Aam Aadmi Party is that it has become all about Kejriwal and he has a habit of making things personal. He keeps picking unnecessary battles and visiting uncalled destinations.

In India, every time when somebody has risen talking about bringing change, they claimed that their struggle was with the system, and not against someone in particular. Even Kejriwal started like this but then he picked those personal battles and lost focus of the  bigger agenda. It’s no coincidence that his battles are always with the ones who are in power.

First, it was Sheela Dikshit and Gandhis, since 2014 it has been Modi. A simple question is, was the fight not against corruption or all other issues? In Kejriwal’s leadership, AAP has portrayed that they are honest but whoever is against them, lacks it. First it was Congress, then BJP, and then Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were proved as entities that Kejriwal wanted them to be. It’s somewhat like the right wing section that believes that if somebody is not with them, he or she is anti-national.

Anyone who showed support to Bhushan and Yadav was suspended. Clear signs that there is no place for the opposition in AAP. This has to be one of the most subtle dictatorships in the history of politics. 

Earlier, Shanti Bhushan was invited for the National Council Meeting but after his comments, suspension orders might be on its way.

Kejriwal said that there has been a conspiracy in AAP for past three years. He seems to suggest that everyone is jealous of him and is not letting him work. He also repeated that he is aginst corruption and dynasty politics.

Kejriwal is running on thin wire thinking that audience will clap, but he needs to know that if he falls, people will laugh without having any sympathies.

(Inputs from agencies)

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.