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The flawed odd-even formula of AAP


New Delhi: While a faction of media purportedly backed by the AAP claimed the odd-even formula in the capital to be a huge success, the ground reality was something different.

What the system did was reduce the traffic. But it created a mad rush in the public transports.

Here are five ground realities about the odd-even formula.

Publicity stunt: Who does not like to be in the news? Arvind Kejriwal is no different. He tried to strike an emotional chord with the people of Delhi by bringing the children to the forefront. These children urged the public to follow the rule.

However, students mostly from premier schools were used to spread the awareness. What about the students from schools run by the government? They travel by public buses and faced a lot of problems due to the extra rush. No videos of their reactions were shown in the news channels.

Political agenda: With some top leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party  getting involved into corruption, it was obvious that the Delhi government needed something to channelize the people’s attention towards another sector.

Implementing the odd-even scheme in winter indicates that it was just to earn a good name and nothing to with curbing the pollution.

People harassment: What the odd-even formula did was to fill the exchequer of the Delhi government. Being the national capital, a lot of vehicles enter the city everyday. Vehicles of other states had to pay fines to enter Delhi if they did not follow the odd-even rules. Moreover, the way the government portrayed those who broke the rules was ridiculous. Those who had to break the odd-even rule to drive the vehicles were made scapegoat criminals.

No proper transport infrastructure: Kejriwal and his ministers did assure that there would be no dearth of public transport during the period. But ‘aam aadmi’ did suffer. Buses remained overcrowded. It was indeed a surprise that there was no stampede at Rajiv Chowk or Kashmere Gate metro stations.

People did suffer due to mad rush at public transports. Auto-wallahs fleeced the passengers and the government took no action.

Affected livelihood: The odd-even scheme left drivers of travels agencies jobless. They work on a ‘no work no pay’ basis and with the cars not plying, the drivers had no other sources of livelihood.

Did Mr Kejriwal think of these issues? The countrymen want answers.

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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.

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.