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By Sapan Kapoor

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government’s tussle with LG Najeeb Jung over who should wield the power to rule Delhi seems to be never ending. For the Delhi government on Friday lashed out at the LG for allegedly “intimidating” senior officers and “shunting out an honest bureaucrat fighting against graft”.

While vowing to stand by its bureaucrats through thick and thin, the government has announced the setting up of a panel of three ministers so as to “protect bureaucrats from political victimisation”.

Kejriwal and Jung have been engaged in a war of words for a long time over the issue of transfer and posting of senior bureaucrats in the national capital, with both claiming the power to ‘rule the city’.

Things came to a head when Value Added Tax (VAT) Commissioner Vijay Kumar, who cracked down on organised tax evasion syndicates, was allegedly “shunted out”.

Launching a fresh salvo at the LG, the Delhi government said Jung had threatened several senior officers with dire consequences, including police action, “if they refuse to partake in the exercise of obstructing the functioning of the Delhi government,” adding that, “These officers were told to paralyse the elected AAP government by making adverse and obstructionist file notings against government decisions.”

The government also passed two resolutions against Jung on these issues.

“Why was he (VAT Commissioner Vijay Kumar) suddenly relieved by the hon’ble LG, keeping the chief minister also in the dark? This is not a transfer. This is shunting out of an officer who was fighting against corruption and against deeply entrenched vested interest,” the AAP government said in a statement.

“The cabinet is aghast to learn of these developments. This is a clear attempt to subvert the functioning of a democratically elected government which had come to power with a thumping majority.”

The government said it supported all officers and would even extend legal aid if they were pressurised by anyone. The LG, however, claimed he was simply following the orders of the Centre.

So who should be blamed for the prevailing political unrest in Delhi? That’s a good question to ponder over.

Kejriwal, a few weeks ago, suggested that LG Jung was just a puppet in the hands of PM Narendra Modi and, in fact, a good man under ‘bad political bosses’. Therefore, Kejriwal opined that removing him would serve no purpose as his successor would follow suit and the real solution was to ensure that PMO stopped interfering in the affairs of Delhi government.

However, in my opinion, this issue has more to do with BJP’s overall strategy to ensure that common man’s party is nipped in the bud, that it fails to become a serious alternative to the Congress party and major opposition at the national level to the former.

The AAP supremo seems to have a point, for the good governance model showcased during his 49-day rule apparently made his political opponents uneasy and insecure, especially the BJP. Instances of corruption came down, people stopped asking for bribes, common man’s voices and grievances were heard; or so claims Kejriwal.

He was hailed as the people’s CM. The only thing that remained the same was the pressing issue of crimes against women and children in the national capital as Delhi police was ‘unaccountable’ to the elected government of the state.

That the AAP government ‘succeeded’ in its efforts to bring the much-desired change in Delhi could also be attributed to the fact that the Centre was then ruled by a sympathetic Congress under mild, soft-spoken Manmohan Singh as compared to the Modi sarkar. Kejriwal’s regime also had an outside support of Congress MLAs. Najeeb Jung who was the Lieutenant Governor during the AAP’s 49-day stint apparently did not cross the red-line.

This is precisely why the people of Delhi handed over a thumping majority to the newbie outfit in 2014 Assembly polls; AAP comprehensively won 67 seats out of total 70, trouncing its rivals with a huge margin.

However, this time around Kejriwal (as claimed by him) found a hostile, unsympathetic Centre led by BJP’s Narendra Modi that seemed to be pulling out all the stops to impede his government’s work. Now to Kejriwal’s chagrin, he could not appoint the officials of his choice to various departments and, above all, lost control over the anti-corruption bureau in the Delhi government.

Delhi police continued to cock a snook at Kejriwal (duh).

Who should control Delhi? That is the question over which Kejriwal and Jung have been firing salvos at each other. There is, however, ambiguity over the powers of Delhi government as it is not a full-fledged state, and as per Schedule I of the Constitution continues to be a Union Territory.

States like Delhi and Puducherry enjoy a special status among Union Territories thanks to a number of amendments to the constitution. The will of Parliament prevails in other UTs. However, in the case of Delhi, its state Assembly has the right to legislate on all subjects except some such as law and order and land. In other words, AAP government’s powers are limited and hence the conflict.

However, in my opinion, this issue has more to do with BJP’s overall strategy to ensure that common man’s party is nipped in the bud, that it fails to become a serious alternative to the Congress party and major opposition at the national level to the former.

BJP’s ideological parent, the RSS, fully realising the challenges posed by AAP had warned the saffron party two years ago against the possible onslaught of the newbie while exhorting its political wing to consider Kejriwal’s outfit as a major opponent and obstacle to its road to power.

Having defeated left-leaning Congress comprehensively and reduced it to an all-time low figure in the Parliament, Narendra Modi’s BJP does not wish to cede much space to the AAP, lest it should grow stronger and big enough to counter. Attempts are being made to clip common man’s wings who saw the AAP as a ray of hope and the light at the end of the tunnel.

All right thinking Indians, therefore, must resist this attempt to hinder AAP from realising its full potential, for its idea is too precious to be allowed to fail.

  • Raj Bhatia

    This strategy of BJP is going to fail & cost them dearly.People are watching & no more novice.There is so much of media coverage.BJP should realize this.Leaders are Satish upadheya are no more relevant in Delhi’s politics.Ms Barkha singh is of same category.BJP & Congress need some deep cleaning in their parties.People don’t even comment on utterings of these bunch now.The role of opposition is reduced to just oppose whether Govt.is doing good or bad.AAP will show its true colours when MCD & police will be under their control.By that time it will be too late for BJP & Congress.

  • Mani

    Biased article nothing new to learn from it, before writing this article the author should have gone through constitution based part of union territory. Why DELHI was made union territory he should have got answers in it.Before comming to power the current non state CM does not know its status? Due to the worst policy of yester leaders these disputes have cropped up by appointing a cm for union territory where both swords can not sit in one scabbard. Ambedkar was un willing to give statehood to DELHI as it houses parliament of nation. Before writing such article I will ask the writer to read first constitution of India. it is like throwing mud on Ambedkar.DOES AUTHOR MEAN THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO POWERS TO CENTRE. IF SO WHAT HE INTENDS TO PROPOSE? THE NON STATE CM OF DELHI if power is given he will vacate even parliament too boasting his powers. Hence he is made a nominal CM not so powerful as rest of states.

  • pranjal khanikar

    Yes, BJP is terribly afraid of common men. Their planning is to place a dictatorship in India, only only speaks in election rallies. And do nothing. Modi’s plan and agenda is how to sell India to Americans and foreigners and then exhibit a total showbiz. He has no plan at all to address the issues of common people and the farmars who are giving the indians food to live and economy to enjoy.

  • dmci

    BJP is impeding through LG and MCD .BJP will lose remaining three seats in the assembly next time.

  • Mani

    why start a discussion when negative comments are deleted.IT is just like sister concern of paapians.
    You say still democratic values hold with you.ASK your writers to give full marks to the article. Is it a paid article by aap?

  • Abhi Ghosh

    NOT ONLY BJP, AAP HAS BECOME A “THREAT” TO ALL THE PREPOSTEROUS TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES …………..

    THAT IS BECAUSE, Only upright AAP can hold head high and shout the slogan “REPUBLIC INDIA ZINDABAD” …………….

    After independence, this country was declared as a Republic Country. But it is very unfortunate that the term “Republic” remained as a mere word of our Constitution …..

    It is neither possible nor ethical to serve the people of this county of 125 Crores of population sitting in an AC room like what it had been practiced since independence by the most preposterous Traditional Political Parties of Representative Democracy indulging Dynasty Politics of vested interests …..

    TO ME, THE PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE POLITICS OF INDIA PRACTICED BY ALL OTHER TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ITSELF UNCONSTITUTIONAL. BECAUSE MERE GIVING VOTES IN EVERY FIVE YEARS CANNOT GIVE BIRTH TO A TRULY “REPUBLIC” INDIA AS OUR CONSTITUTION STATES ……………..

    TILL DATE WE HAVE WITNESSED ONLY THE RULE OF “KHANE AUR KHILANE KA SARKAR”. THAT IS WHY SO FAR DUE TO THE “SCRATCHING OF EACH OTHER’S BACK” SYSTEM OF POLITICS NO CONFLICT OF THIS CYNICAL NATURE WAS SEEN BEFORE !!!

    NOW TO DEMOLISH THE THE GOOD GOVERNANCE OF DELHI STATE GOVERNMENT, ALL “RATS” HAVE GANGED UP AGAINST AAP WHICH KEEPING ITS PROMISES AND PAVING THE WAY FOR A TRULY REPUBLIC INDIA BY PRACTICING THE PARTICIPATORY ALTERNATIVE POLITICS RANAPERENTLY !!!!

    THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE MATTER OF THE FACT, IN THE SATCHEL OF GOOD GOVERNANCE WHERE REWARDS BY GIVING INCENTIVES AND PUNISHMENTS BY ROLLING THE HEADES OF THE PERPETRATORS ARE EXERCISED AND DELIVERED IN A VERY PRECISE AND UNBIASED MANNER THERE IS ALWAYS A CAT WHICH ALL THE RATS FEAR ……….

  • Ramasubramaniam

    Mind you all people have voted for BJP en masse after suffering six decades of MUSLIM rule in the centre.

    So these five years of HINDU rule should be suffered by all and sundry. If someone feels suffocated here, he can get himself relocated to some country, where utopian peace prevails – Pak, Syria, Afghan, Egypt, Sudan, etc where no killing or any form of brutality, caste conflicts, suicide bombings, ethnic cleansing, etc exist. Let the self proclaimed intellectuals, sickly secularists, media critics, Hindu bashers, et al be given a one way ticket to these paradise of peace. They can breathe the secular air for the limited time their heads remain attached to their torso.

    Till the time mandated by the people of this country is fully completed, only the saffron wind will be blowing in all its glory. This is the only land for the HINDUS and so it will remain for eternity.

    As every other country has proclaimed to be for either of the Abrahamic faiths, what is wrong for our country to be declared as the only HINDU NATION in the world.

  • Raj Bhatia

    This strategy of BJP is going to fail & cost them dearly.People are watching & no more novice.There is so much of media coverage.BJP should realize this.Leaders are Satish upadheya are no more relevant in Delhi’s politics.Ms Barkha singh is of same category.BJP & Congress need some deep cleaning in their parties.People don’t even comment on utterings of these bunch now.The role of opposition is reduced to just oppose whether Govt.is doing good or bad.AAP will show its true colours when MCD & police will be under their control.By that time it will be too late for BJP & Congress.

  • Mani

    Biased article nothing new to learn from it, before writing this article the author should have gone through constitution based part of union territory. Why DELHI was made union territory he should have got answers in it.Before comming to power the current non state CM does not know its status? Due to the worst policy of yester leaders these disputes have cropped up by appointing a cm for union territory where both swords can not sit in one scabbard. Ambedkar was un willing to give statehood to DELHI as it houses parliament of nation. Before writing such article I will ask the writer to read first constitution of India. it is like throwing mud on Ambedkar.DOES AUTHOR MEAN THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO POWERS TO CENTRE. IF SO WHAT HE INTENDS TO PROPOSE? THE NON STATE CM OF DELHI if power is given he will vacate even parliament too boasting his powers. Hence he is made a nominal CM not so powerful as rest of states.

  • pranjal khanikar

    Yes, BJP is terribly afraid of common men. Their planning is to place a dictatorship in India, only only speaks in election rallies. And do nothing. Modi’s plan and agenda is how to sell India to Americans and foreigners and then exhibit a total showbiz. He has no plan at all to address the issues of common people and the farmars who are giving the indians food to live and economy to enjoy.

  • dmci

    BJP is impeding through LG and MCD .BJP will lose remaining three seats in the assembly next time.

  • Mani

    why start a discussion when negative comments are deleted.IT is just like sister concern of paapians.
    You say still democratic values hold with you.ASK your writers to give full marks to the article. Is it a paid article by aap?

  • Abhi Ghosh

    NOT ONLY BJP, AAP HAS BECOME A “THREAT” TO ALL THE PREPOSTEROUS TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES …………..

    THAT IS BECAUSE, Only upright AAP can hold head high and shout the slogan “REPUBLIC INDIA ZINDABAD” …………….

    After independence, this country was declared as a Republic Country. But it is very unfortunate that the term “Republic” remained as a mere word of our Constitution …..

    It is neither possible nor ethical to serve the people of this county of 125 Crores of population sitting in an AC room like what it had been practiced since independence by the most preposterous Traditional Political Parties of Representative Democracy indulging Dynasty Politics of vested interests …..

    TO ME, THE PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE POLITICS OF INDIA PRACTICED BY ALL OTHER TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ITSELF UNCONSTITUTIONAL. BECAUSE MERE GIVING VOTES IN EVERY FIVE YEARS CANNOT GIVE BIRTH TO A TRULY “REPUBLIC” INDIA AS OUR CONSTITUTION STATES ……………..

    TILL DATE WE HAVE WITNESSED ONLY THE RULE OF “KHANE AUR KHILANE KA SARKAR”. THAT IS WHY SO FAR DUE TO THE “SCRATCHING OF EACH OTHER’S BACK” SYSTEM OF POLITICS NO CONFLICT OF THIS CYNICAL NATURE WAS SEEN BEFORE !!!

    NOW TO DEMOLISH THE THE GOOD GOVERNANCE OF DELHI STATE GOVERNMENT, ALL “RATS” HAVE GANGED UP AGAINST AAP WHICH KEEPING ITS PROMISES AND PAVING THE WAY FOR A TRULY REPUBLIC INDIA BY PRACTICING THE PARTICIPATORY ALTERNATIVE POLITICS RANAPERENTLY !!!!

    THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE MATTER OF THE FACT, IN THE SATCHEL OF GOOD GOVERNANCE WHERE REWARDS BY GIVING INCENTIVES AND PUNISHMENTS BY ROLLING THE HEADES OF THE PERPETRATORS ARE EXERCISED AND DELIVERED IN A VERY PRECISE AND UNBIASED MANNER THERE IS ALWAYS A CAT WHICH ALL THE RATS FEAR ……….

  • Ramasubramaniam

    Mind you all people have voted for BJP en masse after suffering six decades of MUSLIM rule in the centre.

    So these five years of HINDU rule should be suffered by all and sundry. If someone feels suffocated here, he can get himself relocated to some country, where utopian peace prevails – Pak, Syria, Afghan, Egypt, Sudan, etc where no killing or any form of brutality, caste conflicts, suicide bombings, ethnic cleansing, etc exist. Let the self proclaimed intellectuals, sickly secularists, media critics, Hindu bashers, et al be given a one way ticket to these paradise of peace. They can breathe the secular air for the limited time their heads remain attached to their torso.

    Till the time mandated by the people of this country is fully completed, only the saffron wind will be blowing in all its glory. This is the only land for the HINDUS and so it will remain for eternity.

    As every other country has proclaimed to be for either of the Abrahamic faiths, what is wrong for our country to be declared as the only HINDU NATION in the world.

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Forks in the Road : 10 places to eat in Delhi

Delhi has so many diverse cuisines to offer. Here is the list of 10 places to eat in delhi which you can not miss

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10 places to eat in Delhi (pexels)

Delhi, the present day cultural hub of India, which was once under the rule of The Parthians, The Turks, The Afghans, The Mughals and The Britishers which left an impact on the city and gave it its own  unique status. Tourists from all over the world come down to Delhi and lose their hearts to it scrumptious cuisines.

It’s winter in Delhi, a perfect weather for sampling Delhi’s most famous attractions- its incredible street food. It’s not just the street food that Delhi is famous for but a lot of history and culture that is mixed up with the food. Everything from Asoka era to Mughals to the invaders who held sway over Delhi to Purana Qila, have left the taste of the food behind.

To the variety of chats that will take you on tour of tangy, sweet and spicy flavours to the non-vegetarian food which will remind of the rich flavours to the food never tasted anywhere, Delhi has it all.

Here are 10 places to visit for indulging into the flavors of Delhi.

  1. Paranthe Wali Gali
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Paranthe Wali Gali since 1870s is the name of a narrow street in the Chandni Chowk area of Delhi known for its series of shops selling parantha, an Indian flatbread. The food is old fashioned, strictly vegetarian and the cooked dishes do not include onion or garlic. Stuffed aloo (potato), Gobi (cauliflower) and matar (peas) paranthas are the most popular ones. Lentil paranthas are also available. The cost could come up to 150 rupees for 2 people. This street is lit from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  1. Dilli Haat
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Dilli Haat does not only showcase the rich Indian culture and diverse Indian Heritage, but is also one of the best place to enjoy regional food from all over the country. Dilli Haat provides various food stalls having food from various Indian States that gives you a variety of choice at low cost prices. Its timings are from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bijoli Grill- a West Bengal food stall offering Fish curry and Kosha Mangsho; Momo Mia, an Arunanchal Pradesh food stall offering Momos and Fruit Beer; Nagaland Kitchen, a Nagaland food stall offering Raja Mircha and Momos; Manipur Foods, a Manipuri Food Stall offering Fried Rice, Tarai Tong ad Fruit Beer; Rajasthani Food Stall offering Pyaaz Kachori, Desi Ghee Jalebi and Rajasthani Thali; Maharashtra Food Stall offering Vada Pav, Puran Poli, Shrikhand; Dawath-E-Awadh, a UP Food Stall offering Kebabs, Biryani and Phirni and other food stalls from states such as Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Kerala.

  1. Khan Market
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Khan Market is not only a place for die hard shoppers, it is also Delhi’s incredible food districts. A neighborhood that never sleeps, whose streets are filled with the scent of mutton kebab and fried rice. Khan Market has restaurants such as Town Hall Restaurant, The Big Chili Café, Yellow Brick Road Restaurant, Wok in Clouds, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Soda bottle opner wala, Azam’s Mughlai, Café Turtle, Omazoni and Market Café.

  1. Spice Aangan
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Tucked away in Safdarjung Development Area’s main market is a hole-in-the-wall tandoor-and-takeaway restaurant known as Spice Aangan. Spice Aangan has been a staple of the SDA market food scene for a while now. The hole-in-the-wall is bang opposite the small, grassless park located at the centre of the market. While there are a couple of steel benches at edge of the park to sit and enjoy their food, it is otherwise a purely takeaway and home delivery outlet. Restaurant serves tandoori snacks–chicken tikka, malai tikka, seekh kebab–as well as mutton dishes, curries, biryani and shawarma rolls. Despite so many options, though, you’d be hard pressed to find the regulars ordering anything other than the chicken shawarma.

  1. Karim’s
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Karim’s is a historic restaurant located near Jama Masjid Gali Kababian, Old Delhi, Delhi. It is know that this is the best restaurant in Delhi, serving non-vegetarian food since 1913. The original Karim’s is bang opposite Jama Masjid in the walled city area of Delhi. It is close to a market known as Darya Ganj. Those visiting Karim’s for the first time will be surprised at the location. Getting there is not easy, you will need to ask locals for help. Mutton Burra, Mutton Raan-this starter is huge, and is meant for four or five people. There is a wide range of kebabs including Seekh Kebabs, Shammi Kebabs and Mutton Tikka. Chicken Seekh Kebab, Tandoori Chicken or Chicken Tikka for those who love chicken. Mutton Korma, Mutton Stew and Badam Pasanda Chicken Noor Jehan and Chicken Jahangiri are the main courses to be tried once you get there. As for the bread Khamiri Roti is something not to be missed. Karim’s serves two main desserts Kheer Benazir and Shahi Tukda.

  1. Pandara Road
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Delhi serves delectable food in almost every nook and corner of the city. Whether it is crowded streets of Chandni Chowk or the sophisticated eateries of Khan Market. One such stop is Pandara Road Market, located near India Gate, the place serves best non-vegetarian food of the city, so all the meat lovers out there fill your wallets. Havemore offering the best Butter chicken and garlic naan and Gulati which is best known for its Dum Biryani and kebabs with the cost price of 1500 rupees for two, and many other restaurants like Chicken Inn, Pindi and Ichiban.

  1. Amar Colony
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Amar Colony is generally known to be the hub of garments but it is also the hidden street food hub. Home to a diverse population from India, Africa and Afghanistan, there is no doubt, diversity in food here too. A number of small joints for street food in Amar Colony exist which serve the most delicious dishes for you. Most of the shops are situated in the main market and are close to each other. Nagpal Chole Bhature, Hunger Strike, Tibb’s Frankie, Biryani Corner, 34 Chowringhee Lane, Sharma Chaat Bhandar, Deepaul’s Café, Dolma Aunty Momos, Muttu South Indian Anna, High On Burger are the best places to visit when on Pandara Road.

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  1. Hudson Lane, GTB Nagar
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Hudson Lane, very close to the main North Campus area, is one place where you will find one of the finest cafés and best restaurants in Delhi. Mostly serving Italian, Café, and Fast Food Cuisine, these quirky joints offer an amazing culinary experience at an extremely pocket-friendly price. Woodbox Café, Mad Monkey, Indus Flavors, QD’s, Ricos and Big yellow Door are the most recommended places to munch at.

  1. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
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Situated near Paranthe Wali Gal, Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala is a small but popular street stall that’s been serving sought- after Kachoris since the early 1970s. Kachori stuffed with urad dal and served with special spicy chutney is a must try ther.

  1. Connaught Place
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From fancy revolving restaurants to the delicious local rajma chawal, Connaught place does not discriminate when it comes to food. Home to some of the best restaurants in Delhii and also ironic dahbas, one can relish all kinds of cuisines here be it local, regional or international. Kake Da Hotel, Parikrama, Jain Chawal Wale, Minar and much more are the places to step up with.

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Stand of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha: Hamari AAP ka Siyasi Dafan poora ho, Hamara Hawan Poora Ho

A true volunteer of AAP will not rest until a morally debased AAP is not consigned to flames.

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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.
Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.
  • By Dr. Munish Raizada

One of our steadfast volunteers sent me a message at Facebook and sought my opinion on the current dogfight going between #ChandaChor gang of our Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Through Chanda Bandh Satyagraha, our stand is clearly a matter of conviction:

सच्चे स्वयंसेवक का यज्ञ तभी पूरा होगा , जब सिधान्तों से भटकी हमारी AAP की पूर्ण आहुति दे दी जाएगी.
अगर जनता का दिया गया चंदा खाओगे, तो कोई हक़ नहीं राजनीती में तुम्हे!
2020 में AAP का अंतकाल आना चाहिए. हमारी पार्टी का सियासी दफ़न पूरा हो, हमारा हवन पूरा हो.

Loosely translated: A true volunteer of AAP will not rest until a morally debased AAP is consigned to flames. Because a party that can eat away the public funds (donations), has no moral right to be in politics. The year 2020 will hopefully see the political demise of our AAP.

As you see the dogfight has come to the streets now. A poet is trying to revive and talking of an AAP II. Some well meaning volunteers are standing with him. He is zestfully speaking about bringing back values of the party and old folks too.

Tragically, the other Chandachor camp led by Mukhiya Kejriwal has termed this as a fantasy.

But, we must be able to read through the lines.

In my opinion, our hardcore selfless volunteers who really wanted to see a change of politics and polity through a vehicle called AAP, now understand that the fight is for personal survival and NOT for principles.

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.
Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.

But the poet is fighting for his survival, so believe me, this fight will not lead him anywhere. It is NOT a MORAL fight. It is a personal fight. Janta ka vishwas nahi milega (public’s trust can not be regained). Janta ek Kejriwal ko dekh chuki hai (the public has already seen one Kejriwal). Abhi 20-30 saal wait kariye (Wait for another generation before you utter of revolution again).  Kraanti kee baaten kar ke janta ko aur dukhi mat kijiye (Do not exploit the sentiments of the society by talking about yet another revolution when the first one was never ever attained).

If you really care about the principles, just do one thing: Ask where is the donation list that the party received?  After all. how can a party fight against corruption and graft, if its own house is  not clean. And then talk about other principles.

Bringing back old folks is a good idea. Reviving AAP is a welcome idea. But, let us remember one thing: Public (janta) is not a toy. You can play with their sentiments once, not again and again.

At AAP, our refrain used to be:

सत्य परेशान हो सकता है, पराजित नहीं.

Today, we know in our hearts, we have eaten the donations given by the public. सत्य को चंदाचोरों व् ‘सत्यवीरों” ने परेशान भी किया तथा पराजित भी (Truth was not only messed around with, it was badly defeated by the so called saints of truth and honesty).

Then, what ideological principles is the poet talking about!

The dogfight is a fight without morality. It is a sign that the rot in our AAP is deep set. However, the karma cycle is trying to complete the circle. The dogfight is exposing the unworthiness of our AAP’s leaders who one time the public thought are statesmen. The poet is helping us achieve our cherished goal: Taking us towards the the Aahuti!

 

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Dogfight in Aam Aadmi Party : The audio clip of Kumar Vishwas reveals the party is no longer for principles but for personal aspirations

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party seems to be more engaged in dogfight rather than developmental politics. The new audio clip of Kumar Vishwas reveals discontentment within senior leaders of AAP

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  • The abusive audio clip of Kumar Vishwas surfaces hinting at split in Aam Aadmi Party

  • Aam Aadmi Party which claimed to bring clean politics is no longer working on principles, its an ongoing dogfight between unsatisfied political aspirants

Just few days back, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party was slapped with Rs. 30 crores Income Tax notice. The party which claimed to revive clean politics was itself found dirty. The Income Tax notice cited that the Aam Aadmi Party had not disclosed income worth Rs 13.16 crore. According to the IT Department, the money received as donations in its bank account was not recorded in the books of accounts. Today an audio clip of Kumar Vishwas surfaced hinting at rift within the party.

Last year, Chanda Bandh Satyagraha (www.nolistnodonation.com) led by Dr. Munish Raizada was initiated against Aam Aadmi Party’s backtracking on financial transparency which gathered a huge amount of support from section of Aam Aadmi Party who were not ready to compromise on principles. But anyone who raised questions against Arvind Kejriwal’s dubious stance on donation transparency were sidelined from the party.

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Chanda Bandh Satyagrah led by Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada against dubious donations of Aam Aadmi Party

The leaked audio clip of Kumar Vishwas suggests that individual ambitions are derailing the Aam Aadmi Party, risking the public’s confidence. What issues dominate the AAP? The party members no longer seem to have any aspiration for developmental politics, they are rather engaged in dogfight for power and position. Unmet with expectations, many of the founding members of party like Yogendra Yadav are no more with the AAP today. It certainly affects prospects for party expansion. People supported AAP because it offered hope of a wider democratic platform, giving ordinary Indians a political voice. But it now seems that Aam Aadmi Party is just a bunch of opportunists trying to grab political space for their own development through corruption and dubious political donations.

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Since its inception, Aam Aadmi Party has been indulged in all those things it promised to stood against of. AAP has failed to deliver what it promised. The list of scams by Aam Aadmi Party is endless. From Thali scam where total food bill of 80 guests amounted to Rs 11, 04,357 costing Rs 12,000 to Rs 16,000 per plate to 400 crore Delhi water tanker scam, AAP has crushed the expectations of people who were hoping for an honest political party. Arvind Kejriwal’s government spent a large chunk of taxpayer’s money for party advertisement. The advertisements were found to be in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines.Transport Minister of Delhi Gopal Rai from Aam Aadmi Party is involved in scam worth crores of rupees in Auto Rickshaw Permit scam. Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra alleged that he witnessed Satyendar Jain giving Rs 2 crore in cash to the party chief Arvind Kejriwal. The list can go on, but the serious question here is the credibility of Aam Aadmi Party. The audio clip of Kumar Vishwas hints at rift within the party, this explains well why Delhi is suffering under bad governance, the key members of party are indulged in back bitching and score setting.

– by SHAURYA RITWIK, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik