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The Curious Case of Aam Aadmi Party’s Missing Donor List

There were many discrepancies in list on site and income tax returns filed with EC. AAP itself has officially called them as ‘inadvertent errors’

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New Delhi, Jan 28, 2017: Chanda Bandh Satyagraha came into existence simply because AAP funds are now no more clean!

There were many discrepancies found in the donor list of Aam Admi Party (AAP) and income tax returns filed with Election Commission of India (ECI) against AAP itself has officially called them as ‘inadvertent errors’.

Initially, in June 2016, the AAP hid the donor list under the pretext of website maintenance.

As this excuse could not be sustained for months, so the think tank of AAP floated a new excuse called “Harassment of donors” to play their usual victim card.

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Now, AAP social media team members and supporters instead of answering about the hidden donor list attack the answer seeker as a BJP agent, Congress agent or a ticket seeker who couldn’t get ticket in earlier elections or start with whataboutery.

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AAP’s donor list is a very important issue as AAP in its donation policy states that it will put donation list on the site and upload detailed expenditure on site. Such a claim is not made by any other political party.

The worst part is that the AAP leadership still claims that they are financially transparent and hence are misleading the common man and their prospective voters.

They are leaving no stone unturned to spread this fake harassment excuse.

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For example, Ankit Lal (IT head of AAP) on his Twitter timeline floates a notice claiming harassment. (Source : Ankit Lal on Twitter)

This notice itself raises more doubts about AAP’s funding.

  • The supposed donor mentioned is a corporation and not an individual. So as per law, the companies details are sought in the notice.
  • As this notice is from Income tax returns filed by the AAP with Election Commission of India and not from the donation list on the site. So this ‘harassment excuse’ falls flat on its face.
  • As like all other political parties AAP will be filing income tax returns with the EC always, so Income tax department can always ask questions based on it. Hence, the hiding of donor list does not stop their alleged harassment.
  • Income tax department keeps sending notices to many income tax payers in India. So shall all of them cry harassment? A notice is not harassment!
  • The notice could be a photoshopped one as well. It doesn’t mention that it was donated to AAP.
  • As per AAP, its 92 per cent Donations are through online banking. So donors can always be tracked by state authorities.
  • Lastly, as the donation to a political party are exempted from taxation. So a genuine donor will always seek tax exemption and the income tax return will carry the mention. So h8ding donor list does not avoid the so-called harassment!

Times Now has released previous notices to AAP by Income tax department that they didn’t report all the donations received and their list on the site doesn’t match with income tax returns which AAP called an inadvertent error. (EXCL: I-T Department Had Sent Notice To AAP Over ‘Hidden’ Donations)

Hence it is quite clear that there was the difference between donation on site and income tax returns filed by them. That’s why it is removed from the site.

Moreover, why should anyone be afraid of a notice if it is not black money or a shady deal?

There are so many ground volunteers who work for AAP fearlessly, there has been not a single reported case of harassment. In fact, they are more prone to political vendetta.

Donor list missing from AAP’s Website

In India political violence is quite common in states of Kerala, West Bengal, Bihar etc but in the case of AAP, almost negligible cases have been reported.

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 By this ‘harrasement excuse logic’, I think all AAP volunteers should go underground!

A section of volunteers are fighting for the financial transparency and restoration of the balance sheet and donor list on AAP’s website called No List No Donation. ( www.NoListNoDonation.com). This campaign aims at exposing the Chanda Chor gang (A gang of thieves who have eaten away donations) of AAP through the door-to-door signature drive, asking people to stop future donations till this High command coterie restores donor list online.

Even AAP supporters and their leaders openly abuse the Prime Minister Narendra Modi but there has been no harassment. But yes, the AAP Social Media team targetted No list No Donation’s twitter handle and using their political got it suspended in order to muzzle our voice.

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The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons
The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons
BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.