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While refusing to make his own Party’s funding public, Arvind Kejriwal demands setting up of Commission to probe Funding sources of Political Parties

Kejriwal sought to link the Centre’s tax exemption decision to the meeting between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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New Delhi, Dec 19, 2016: While Aam Aadmi Party is surrounded by numerous criticism regarding not making donations public, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday demanded setting up of a commission to investigate and examine the source of funding of political parties.

He also questioned that why central government has taken a decision to exempt political parties from paying income tax while depositing old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, post PM Modi’s demonetisation move.

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Further, Kejriwal sought to link the Centre’s tax exemption decision to the meeting between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, suggesting that the announcement was the result of the meeting between the two, mentioned PTI.

At a press conference Kejriwal said, “common people are being investigated if they deposit Rs 2.5 lakh individually. But if political parties are not going to be investigated even if they deposit Rs. 2,500 crore following the decision, then it is wrong.”

“We demand setting up of an independent commission to probe into bank account details of political parties over the past five years, to investigate into their sources of funding,” mentioned PTI.

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When a part of the common people are doubting AAP’s policy and agenda, Kejriwal asks the Central Government to make public details of money deposited by all political parties post-demonetisation and sought removal of the “less than Rs. 20,000 donation cap” for tax exemption, saying “each paisa the parties receive should be declared”.

“The income tax returns filed by AAP right from its formation until now are being enquired into. We are presenting each of the receipts and vouchers to the income tax department. We are not scared, what are the other parties like BJP scared of? Why shouldn’t they be probed?” he further asked.

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

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.

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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.”

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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)