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New Delhi: Yogendra Yadav, former AAP leader and founder-member of farmer rights group Swaraj Abhiyan, was arrested on Tuesday. He claimed that he was “dragged and hit”, a charge which the police denied.

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Yadav and many fellow activists of the group were arrested around 1 a.m. from Jantar Mantar, where they held a protest, demanding adequate compensation for farmers affected by the land bill as well as those hit by crop loss.

Yadav’s aide, Anil Kumar Maurya told IANS that they had taken prior permission from the Delhi police commissioner to hold the protest till Monday and were told the permission may be extended.

However, police said Yadav was permitted to hold the protest only on Sunday and Monday, but Yadav continued his protest early Tuesday without permission.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Vijay Singh told IANS that when police asked Yadav to end his protest, he wrote another letter to police asking for permission to continue his protest till Friday, the eve of Independence Day on August 15.

“Considering the Independence Day and the terror threats, we did not allow him to continue the protest. But he challenged the police and continued his protest. Later, he was arrested and kept in parliament street police station,” Singh said.

Singh said that allegations made by Yogendra Yadav were false. “There was no manhandling. Our police officers only tried to persuade them to end their protest. The protestors were not beaten up.”

Yadav and 85 other protesters will be kept in custody till Tuesday evening as they threatened to march up to the prime minister’s house, he added.

But Yadav insisted that he was manhandled by police. “I have been dragged, hit and pushed into a police van. Still don’t know my crime,” he tweeted.

Yadav’s aide, Maurya, said they were holding “a protest outside the police station since 2 a.m. after Yogendra Yadav was arrested.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter and condemned the police action.

“I strongly condemn the treatment meted out to Yogendraji by Delhi Police. They were protesting peacefully. It is their fundamental right,” he said.

(IANS)

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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.