Sabir Ali in dumpingyard of BJp

The membership of Sabir Ali has been rejected by BJP after divide in the party.

There have been strong objections against induction of Ali for his alleged links to IM terrorist Yasin Bhatkal. Senior leaders had raised a voice against his entry in the party.
After all he reacted that “I don’t feel insulted by the BJP”

Free Quran for the police stations in Karnataka : Hindustan Express March 10, 2014

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Mangalore (Karnataka) : In its January 17, 2014 issue, Hindustan Express reported that the Islamic Centre of Karnataka has distributed more than a thousand copies of Quran to police stations in Karnataka. Syed Hamad Mohassan of Islamic Mission met with the Chief of Police and asked for the permission to distribute copies of Kannada translation of Quran to all the police stations. Copies of six other books on Prophet of Islam were also distributed for free. Spokesperson of the Islamic Centre said that this would help in “character building” of the police (Islamization?). The Islamic Centre claimed that this mission has been undertaken to spread the teachings of Quran among non-Muslims and now they will distribute more copies in police stations of neighboring States as well.

Quran Mission has already distributed more than 20 lakhs copies of Quran across the country. Quran is available in 12 regional languages and translation in 50 other languages will be complete soon. It’s not clear that who is behind this Mission and who is bearing all the expenses.

INDIAN ASTROLOGER CORRECTLY PREDICTS THE FATE OF MALASYIAN AIRLINER

Eminent Indian astrologer Mr. K. Gopalakrishnan (Chennai), who is otherwise famous for his correct political predictions, has once again proved to be correct regarding his prediction regarding the Malaysian Airliner. On 15th March I received a phone call from ‘Zee News’ asking if Nostradamus had written something about this plane, because the Malaysian Govt. is consulting various astrologers. As I could not find the answer, I phoned to Mr. Gopalakrishnan (9381011616) for the answer. Next day he replied that the plane has crashed in the sea and it would be confirmed by Tuesday the 18th March. It has actually been confirmed on 19th March that the debris of the plane were first sighted on Monday, the 18th March. This has again proved the usefulness of astrology, a divine science.
Earlier, Mr. Gopalakrishnan had very accurately predicted the outcome of state elections. I asked him the reason of this accuracy because astrology alone cannot give such accurate figures. He told me that he possesses a ‘siddhi’ of Hanuman Ji. Siddhi is a process of use of thought power by which one can contact the Universal Mind for seeking answers. His other predictions are as under
1. BJP will get more than two hundred seats but less than 272. With other parties (mainly led by women) NDA will get 286 seats.
2. Congress will get only 63 seats.
3. Surprisingly two prominent leaders would lose elections.
4. After June 13, share market will zoom and touch 25000 points.
5. Commodity markets would lose heavily
6. No. 7 will play a very important role as it is Ketu Gankaraka; it would give India bright future.
7. Price rise would be checked; prices of agriculture items and real estate would come down making people happy.
8. If Modi Ji takes oath on 25/5/2014 at 11.41 AM or on 27/5/2014 at 10.34 AM, he will rule India for 10 years which is a golden period for India. Metal prices will come down; especially gold, silver and iron. Tax rates in income tax will come down. There would be a big change in education system; interest rates on loans for education will come down and students will be benefited.
9. AAP party my not be much successful in parliament elections; they will get only handful of seats. After December 2014, the party would lose its sheen.
10. After these elections, the divine powers would convey their messages to the mankind through electronic media, television channels and print media. A feature film will be made on the subject of next incarnation of GOD and emergence of golden period in India.
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Flow of Bangladeshis to India’s northeast is stronger than before.

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We are in denial, but Bangladeshis are still flooding India’s northeast

R N Ravi.

The local labour force is streaming out of the region looking for jobs in peninsular India, creating a vacuum that makes it easier for the Bangladeshis to fill in, says R N Ravi.

Contrary to the state government’s lore — that the unregulated influx of Bangladeshis in Assam is a thing of the past — a recent field research by the writer shows that it is a live and kicking phenomenon. More and more Bangladeshis are filling the expanding labour and low-end services sectors in Assam and its neighbouring states in the northeast.

Mutation of once visceral existential fears over the unregulated migration of Bangladeshi nationals into an inexorable fatalism has been one of the striking characteristics of contemporary socio-political landscape of Assam.

The issue that has seismic implications for national security, the future of Assam and its neighbours and which had once erupted into the historic Assam agitation (between 1979 and 1985) seems to be mourning at the margin today.

The Congress has consistently rubbished the noise over illegal Bangladeshi migration as a mere bogey raised by its political rivals.

Meanwhile, the census of 2011 has tilted the argument against migration.

Unlike the previous decadal censuses since the beginning of the 20th century that showed unusually high population growth in Assam, attributed to migration from Bangladesh and its earlier reincarnations, the census of 2011 showed a decline to 16.93, below the national average of 17.64.

The Congress government flaunts it to bolster its long-held position denying the Bangladeshi migration and rebuffing those who feel otherwise.

The decline in the decadal growth rate of Assam’s population from a significantly high figure to merely the national average and then to one below the national average in the latest census gives an impression that Bangladeshi migration to the state is a phenomenon of the past.

However, emerging new settlements of Bengali Muslims at the outskirts of cities and towns of Assam and the absence of an effective border control regime make such a conclusion counter-intuitive.

The census data, usually, is considered the most authentic source for insights into demographics and its nuances. However, in the northeast, it has not been entirely above suspicion. Several local communities suspect its integrity.

Absurd data like a considerable four per cent negative population growth in Nagaland in the 2011 census lends weight to their suspicion. In such a scenario, it made sense to look for empirical evidence on the issue to discern the truth.

An empirical research conducted in the eight colonies of settlers that emerged in the last two decades at Lahorijan in Karbianglong district of Assam, adjoining Dimapur in Nagaland, has revealed some startling facts.

Lahorijan is in close proximity to Dimapur town. It is littered with sprawling unauthorised colonies of Muslim settlers. Some of the colonies — Dudu, Balijan and Shantigaon — are huge unauthorised settlements, each with nearly 15,000 or more inhabitants. The assessed population of the eight colonies that were subject to the survey was over one lakh.

The study has revealed that the majority of the colony dwellers were displaced families from other parts of Assam who were rendered homeless and landless due to periodic floods and erosion. However, at least 26 per cent among the settlers were found to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh who arrived after 1990 and continued to stream in, at a higher pace, in the last decade.

Although each of the one thousand families in the eight colonies randomly picked up for the survey claimed to have been displaced from other parts of Assam, 26 per cent among them furnished false pre-displacement addresses.

Verification of the revenue records and on the spot detailed inquiries at the given previous addresses revealed their deceit.

Later, when they were confronted with their falsehood and likely Bangladesh origin, they shied away from further scrutiny. The study focused more comprehensively on these families.

Unlike the displaced families from other parts of Assam who invariably shifted the whole family including the children, the aged and the infirm, the migrants from Bangladesh were mostly adults, all in the age group between 20 and 50 years.

The Bangladeshi migrants were overwhelmingly illiterate, though a few among them were semi-literate.

Over 50 per cent of them were daily wage labourers engaged in construction and farm work.

Nearly 25 per cent plied rickshaws and six per cent were involved in masonry. The rest earned their livelihood through a host of activities including hawking, tailoring, plumbing, carpentry, rag-picking, working in restaurants, shops and as housemaids.

One was a teacher in a makeshift school in one of the colonies and another one was a maulvi at a newly set up mosque.

These colonies began emerging in the late 1980s but gathered momentum in 1990s.

Nearly 36 per cent of the Bangladeshi migrants in these colonies came into existence in the late 1980s.

About 26 per cent were formed between 1990 and 2000, indicating a decline in the pace but it picked up in the subsequent decade — 2000-2010 — during which approximately 40 per cent of them arrived and settled there.

The study revealed a direct co-relation between the increase in the volume of central funds to the northeast and the pace of illegal Bangladeshi migration. These Bangladeshi migrants, contrary to the orthodox view about them, do not engage in their traditional wetland cultivation. They cater to the needs of labour in the non-agricultural sector.

Steadily increasing flow of funds from the Centre to the northeast since the days of the National Democratic Alliance’s rule — that adopted the policy of 10 per cent budgetary allocation of all the Union ministries to the region — has created a skewed economic landscape due to the growth of urbanisation without any industrial base.

The scenario is such that a few are getting richer overnight while the bulk of population remains largely untouched by the growth story.

Construction activities are at an all-time high. Shopping malls, restaurants, personal healthcare institutions, spas and beauty parlours are mushrooming at the urban centres.

In contrast, in rural areas, millions are still rendered homeless and forced to live on the road for months on end due to the rampaging floods. Children are forced to abandon schools, disrupting their academic calendars for several months, during the floods.

Some 20 years of the North-East Industrial Policy — aimed at boosting industrial growth in the region — and the inflow of torrents of development funds for the last decade and a half have failed in providing a credible industrial base and dignified job opportunities for the youth in the region.

The local labour force is streaming out of the region and to the rest of India in huge numbers for menial low-paid jobs as private security guards, plantation workers, domestic aids, road construction laborers etc.

A recent study (International Journal of Current Research, Vol 6, January 2014, Jyotikona Chetia) shows how diminishing avenues of traditional livelihood and absence of job opportunities are driving hordes of youth from Dhemaji district in Assam to the rest of India in search of menial jobs.

The study shows that the distraught parents encourage their teenaged sons to escape the local environment — of uncertain life and absent livelihood — to remote corners of India even when the wages are pitifully low.

The magnitude of the youth exodus may be gauged from the fact that from Gormua, a village of 700 households in Sissirborgaon block, over 400 young men have left for peninsular India in search of menial jobs. Such bulk exodus of the youth from rural Assam is causing serious socio-cultural distortions.

One of the aftereffects of the youth exodus is a labour vacuum in the state that makes it easier for the Bangladeshis to fill.

The emerging pockets of palpable prosperity and concomitant demand by the neo-rich for luxuries and artifacts of a better life have created enhanced pressure on labour for unskilled or semi-skilled services.

Such demands are acting as pull factors for Bangladeshi immigrants. A robust ethnic support base comes in the way of their detection as they have little difficulty in getting absorbed in the local milieu.

The study revealed that the present format of special developmental assistance to the region — instead of absorbing the local youths — is providing employment to a large number of Bangladeshis and is an incentive for further influx.

The continuing unregulated influx of Bangladeshis in the northeast is fraught with insidious geopolitical and security implications for the country.

And for the northeast, especially Assam, it is an existential issue. Confronting it with due seriousness is a long overdue imperative for India’s national security.

Image: A flood victim carries her kitchen utensils on her head while walking through her flooded neighborhood to a relief camp in the village of Bijuli Bari, in Assam. Photograph: Reuters

R N Ravi is a retired special director of the Intelligence Bureau and monitored the China border for over 20 years. ravindra.narayan.ravi@gmail.com

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Journalist and ex-Congress MP M J Akbar on why he chose to join BJP

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By: M J Akbar, Journalist and ex-Congress Member of Parliament

Anyone who speaks in public, whether master orator or ordinary
word-shuffler, comes to a platform after some preparation. The one
eventuality no one can quite prepare for is a crisis; and there is no
crisis greater for an individual than a threat to one’s life. At that
moment, the reaction is more likely to emerge from a heart than the
head.

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Arvind Kejriwal Express: Just 48 days in power, but every day on the front page

Express News Service | New Delhi | February 15, 2014 4:50 pm
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Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party did not miss even a day after forming the Delhi government and continued to make headlines. Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party did not miss even a day after forming the Delhi government and continued to make headlines.
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Here’s a list of the headlines made by Arvind Kejriwal and his 48-day-long Aam Aadmi Party government.

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Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party have been in the news even before their stint with governance in Delhi. While its continuous attacks on governments and politicians kept the party in news before it marked a debut in the Delhi Assembly elections, the party did not miss even a day after forming the Delhi government and continued to make headlines. Here’s a list of the headlines made by Arvind Kejriwal and his 48-day-long Aam Aadmi Party government:

December 28

It was on this day that anti-corruption crusader-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, after making a dazzling debut in the Assembly elections, was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Delhi. And on this day itself, he began his work in a style that was not quite in tune with his predecessors.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s first day in office

December 30

Moving swiftly to keep its poll promise of providing free water to every household in Delhi,the Aam Aadmi Party government announced 20 kilolitres of free water every month. It worked out to 667 litres a day to households with valid water connections and functional meters installed by the Delhi Jal Board.

AAP keeps word,Kejriwal government opens freebie floodgates: 667 litres daily

December 31

A day after fulfilling his promise to supply free water, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal kept his word to slash electricity prices in the national capital and audit the private power distribution companies.

AAP fulfills another poll promise: After free water,Delhi gets half-price power

January 3

The minority Aam Aadmi Party government crossed the first hurdle in the Delhi Assembly when its confidence motion sailed through easily with the backing of the members of Congress,JD(U) and an independent.

Delhi’s AAP govt wins Trust Vote,Kejriwal vows strong action to curb corruption

January 4

Days after Arvind Kejriwal became chief minister, the Delhi government asked Delhi Police to immediately transfer over 40 senior investigators to the government ’s ACB. The move was seen as a major step by the Kejriwal government to give the ACB teeth to act against corruption in government departments.

Arvind Kejriwal seeks 40 new anti-graft officers

January 5

Education Minister Manish Sisodia seemed determined to bring about significant changes to the city’s education system, making college admission for Delhi students his priority. The minister’s announced a plan for 90 per cent reservation for Delhi residents in colleges that are fully funded by the government.

Govt plans 90% reservation in DU for Delhi students

January 7

Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday warned power distribution companies that their licences may be cancelled if they didn’t abide by rules and cooperate with the CAG audit, a move undertaken by the AAP government.

Allow CAG audit or lose licence, AAP govt warns power discoms

In an unprecedented move, the Aam Aadmi Party turned buses that were out of use into night shelters for the homeless in Delhi.

They have new home — DL1 PA 791

January 8

In a step unprecedented in governance, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while announcing an anti-corruption helpline on Wednesday, said each citizen armed with a phone could “use audio or video to perform a sting” to entrap corrupt officials.

Have a phone? Go sting the corrupt, CM tells Delhi

January 10

In what officials said was a complete violation of the Electricity Act, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced exemption for people who had defaulted on electricity bills and withdrawal of cases against those booked for power theft since March 23 last year when he launched the AAP campaign against power discoms in the city.

Kejriwal waives 10-month power bill default and theft, BJP calls it anarchy

January 11

The first of Arvind Kejriwal’s planned daily janta durbars collapsed an hour after it started, after a crowd of over 20,000 people threatened to physically swamp the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues, and the meeting teetered on the edge of disintegrating into complete chaos.

Thousands spoil Arvind Kejriwal’s durbar debut

January 12

After announcing a 10-month waiver and no action against power bill defaulters and pilferers who were “part of the (bijli-paani) andolan” last year, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal did a U-turn, saying his government was yet to take a final decision in this regard.

U-turn on power waiver: CM says no decision yet

January 13

Claiming that global experience showed FDI leads to job losses and that Delhi is not prepared for FDI, the two-week-old Aam Aadmi Party government in the capital announced that it had withdrawn the approval given to FDI in multi-brand retail by the previous Congress government.

Claiming Delhi needs jobs, Kejriwal scraps nod to FDI in retail

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a helpline, where parents can lodge their complaints on nursery admissions. A website, which will serve as an information bank for nursery admissions, was also launched.

27352525 – CM launches nursery admission helpline

Arvind Kejriwal may have refused security cover but the Chief Minister of Delhi is now getting police protection from two forces — Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh Police. The Uttar Pradesh government started providing Z-category security to Kejriwal. This was over the Personal Security Officers (PSOs) of Delhi Police who tail the chief minister in plainclothes wherever he goes.

After cops in plainclothes, now Z-category security for Kejriwal

January 15

Hours after rebellion within the Aam Aadmi Party came to the fore with Laxmi Nagar MLA Vinod Kumar Binny threatening to hold a tell-all press conference, leaders of the BJP said they were in touch with four AAP MLAs, including Binny.

Binny revolts, BJP says it’s in touch with 4 AAP MLAs

January 16

After he led a midnight raid and tried to bully police into arresting some “Nigerians or Ugandans” who he alleged were members of “a prostitution-and-drug ring”, Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti returned and asked residents to draw up a list of houses where “such people” live and said he would personally check each one.

Two Delhi ministers, Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla, turn vigilantes

January 17

Almost 20 days after he took over as Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal finally got a house in his constituency — New Delhi. The Urban Development (UD) Ministry on Friday allotted a three-bedroom flat at Tilak Lane in Lutyens’ Delhi to Kejriwal.

CM has new address — a 3-bedroom flat on Tilak Lane

January 18

The Public Works Department was asked to submit all documents related to the Games, including the Shunglu Committee report and the CAG report, to PWD Minister Manish Sisodia.

AAP tests Congress, opens CWG files

January 19

Under fire for carrying out a midnight raid last week targeting African nationals, during which Ugandan women were allegedly held against their will and assaulted, Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti attacked the Congress and BJP, saying “it could not be helped if there were pimps in their midst”. Bharti said the two parties did not seem to care about the problem of drug racketeering.

Somnath Bharti again: ‘Cong, BJP have pimps’

January 20

It began as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest to demand the suspension of four police officers, but soon descended into chaos. The Delhi secretariat moved to outside Rail Bhawan, the call for the suspension of the policemen metamorphosed into a demand for control over Delhi Police, and then, even full statehood.

Capital chaos: Delhi government goes missing

January 21

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called off his protest demanding action against four Delhi Police officers after agreeing to a compromise formula, whose contours were worked out and pushed by the office of Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung.

Standoff ends: Two policemen sent on leave, Kejriwal declares people’s victory

January 22

The private power distribution companies of the city — BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd — filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court, challenging the “legality” of the CAG audit announced by the AAP-led Delhi government.

Discoms go to court, challenge CAG audit

January 23

As the law came down on Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and some from his own party endorsed calls for action against him, the top brass of the Aam Aadmi Party decided to stand by him. Emerging from a meeting of party leaders, Yogendra Yadav told reporters that there were three issues before them: whether Bharti’s actions violated procedure, whether his remarks smacked of racism, whether he misbehaved with women. And based on “evidence so far”, he said the answer was in the negative on all three counts.

AAP panchayat rules: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti did no wrong

January 24

Stressing that every individual holding a constitutional post is also governed by the constitution, the Supreme Court raised questions about the propriety of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet sitting in protest in violation of prohibitory orders and put them on notice over the constitutionality of their actions.

SC pulls up both Delhi govt and Delhi Police over dharna

January 25

Countering the Supreme Court which had raised questions about the propriety of his protest demanding action against Delhi Police officers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the constitution does not prevent him from staging dharnas and he would continue to take to the streets if necessary.

Constitution does not stop me from protesting: Kejriwal

January 28

The Delhi Cabinet approved the setting up of Mahila Suraksha Dal, a commando force that will be responsible for ensuring the safety of women in the capital. Setting up a special security force for women was one of the election promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party.

Govt approves special security force to ensure women’s safety

January 29

The Delhi government announced formation of a Special Investigating Team to probe the 1984 riots cases. Hours later, the Delhi Congress hit back saying the AAP government was “playing political games in the name of religion”. But the AICC maintained that it would accept such an investigation “with utmost humility”.

Let SIT probe ’84 riots cases, govt tells L-G

January 31

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday named 28 politicians he alleged were “corrupt” and said fielding strong candidates against them in the Lok Sabha elections will be his party’s priority.

First list of AAP candidates for LS polls will take on these 28, says CM

February 3

The Aam Aadmi Party alleged that representatives of senior BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley had attempted to bribe an AAP MLA into defecting. The BJP was quick to rubbish the allegations, saying it was an attempt to spread “false propaganda”.

AAP’s latest: BJP trying to bribe our men, topple govt

February 4

With the Congress refusing to support the Delhi government’s controversial Jan Lokpal Bill, the stage was set for a major showdown with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party it has propped up, threatening the survival of the five-week-old minority dispensation in the national capital.

Jan Lokpal Bill divides AAP and Congress, threatens Delhi government

February 6

Raising a red flag over the move by Delhi’s AAP government to bypass the Centre on the Jan Lokpal Bill, Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran said the Bill must be presented to the Lieutenant-Governor before it was tabled in the state Assembly.

Setback for AAP govt, Solicitor General rules: Lokpal needs Centre OK

February 7

Slamming Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung for seeking the opinion of the Solicitor General on the constitutionality of the Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by his government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit back, reminding him that “you have taken an oath to protect the constitution, and not to be loyal to a party or the home ministry”.

Kejriwal reminds L-G of oath to Constitution, forgets his own

Acknowledging the role auto-rickshaw drivers played in his party’s victory in the Assembly elections, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced sops ranging from annual fare revision to easing of rules for GPS installation. Any auto driver, on his way home at night, can now refuse a commuter.

Kejriwal thanks auto drivers: Will revise fare every yr, sting cops who seek money

February 9

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he would resign if the Jan Lokpal Bill fails to pass in the Assembly. “The Jan Lokpal Bill is very important for me. If it is not passed in the Delhi Assembly, I will resign. Jan Lokpal Bill ke liye 100 CM ki kursi kurbaan (I can sacrifice the CM seat a hundred times for the Bill),” he said.

Arvind Kejriwal says will quit if Jan Lokpal Bill not passed

February 11

Firing A high-profile salvo in what he called was the Aam Aadmi Party’s battle against corruption, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered the state government’s Anti-Corruption Branch to register FIRs against Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, former minister Murli Deora and former DG of Hydrocarbons V K Sibal in a long-running controversy over alleged irregularities in the pricing of natural gas from K G Basin.

Arvind Kejriwal rakes up K G Basin gas pricing, orders FIRs against Moily, Deora, Mukesh Ambani

February 12

Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, RIL Chief Mukesh Ambani, former Union Minister Murli Deora and retired Director General of Hydrocarbons V K Sibal were named in the FIR filed by Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi government in the Reliance gas issue.

Mukesh Ambani, Veerappa Moily and Milind Deora named in Reliance gas issue FIR

February 14

What began as an experiment in participatory politics 48 days ago ended Friday where it started — the Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi headquarters at 41, Hanuman Road. After the Congress and the BJP blocked the tabling of Jan Lokpal bill in Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal announced the resignation of AAP government.

AAP becoming too ‘aam’ for a party: Here’s why

Written by Shivani Vig | New Delhi | March 13, 2014 8:15 pm

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AAP seems to be losing ground just at the time when it is about to make its debut on the national stage. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)

AAP seems to be losing ground just at the time when it is about to make its debut on the national stage. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)

All is not well with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. From growing dissent in the party to its leaders facing the heat over various issues, the party, which originated as an anti-corruption movement, seems to be losing ground just at the time when it is about to make its debut on the national stage. If the recent developments are any indication, the party, which was perceived to be different and cashed it in this perception initially, seems to be no different from its counterparts.

On Tuesday, AAP leader Shazia Ilmi refused to contest from Rae Bareli fuelling speculations of growing dissent in the party over ticket distribution.

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On the same day, educationist and child rights lawyer Ashok Agarwal resigned from the AAP, saying the party has become ‘directionless’ and that it was promoting “elite individuals.” In his letter to Kejriwal, Agarwal stressed that the party was losing its vision. The resignation on such grounds not only discredited the party but also its leadership.

With each passing day, the party, created for providing a political alternative is beginning to look like any other party.

There are strong factors for party’s imminent downfall. Here are a few recent instances when Aam Aadmi Party found itself on a slippery ground.

1. TUSSLE OVER TICKET: AAP leader Shazia Ilmi expressed her displeasure over party’s offer to contest from Rae Bareli saying that she ‘never agreed’ to contest against Sonia Gandhi. Ilmi expressed her willingness to fight from Delhi. “I am not contesting from Rae Bareli. I never agreed to nor do I now… I’ve been denying this for the last two months,” she tweeted. Reports also surfaced about Kumar Vishwas’ rift with the party over ticket distribution. However, both leaders denied reports, saying they were not upset with the party.

2. AGARWAL UPSET WITH AAP: In a jolt to the party, national executive member of AAP and eminent educationist Ashok Agarwal resigned from the party saying it worked like a “private limited company” with an aim to promote “elite individuals.” In a strongly-worded letter to party leader Arvind Kejriwal, Agarwal pointed that the movement has become ‘directionless’ and objectives for which AAP was created are getting lost. Agarwal, who is also a child rights lawyer, cited AAP’s contentious Lok Sabha ticket distribution, as the main reason of his resignation.

3. SAVITA OPTS OUT OF RACE: Savita Bhatti, widow of actor and satirist Jaspal Bhatti and AAP’s candidate from Chandigarh, opted out of Lok Sabha elections saying she was ‘not interested’ in contesting polls. Savita was believed to have had differences with the local AAP unit.

4. INFLUENCING PORTRAYAL: In yet another incident that left the Aam Aadmi Party red-faced, footage of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘off the record’ interaction with a TV anchor went viral on the internet. The footage seemed to show Kejriwal seeking to influence his portrayal in the interview. He was seen asking the anchor to play down a certain segment of their interview. While the leaked video drew sharp criticism from the political leaders, it also raised questions about Kejriwal’s stand on privatisation.

5. AAP MEN SPAR WITH KEJRIWAL: Upset over the distribution of tickets in the party, a group of disgruntled AAP party workers staged a protest outside Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. A group of around 20 AAP workers shouted slogans against the selection of some AAP candidates for the Lok Sabha polls and accused the party leadership of being inaccessible. They complained that the AAP does not implement what it preaches. The AAP workers also questioned party’s Chandi Chowk candidate Ashutosh and East Delhi candidate Rajmohan Gandhi for “parachuting” in these constituencies.

6. INK ATTACK ON AAP LEADER: An AAP member from Shalimar Bagh smeared blue ink on senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav’s face during a party event to celebrate International Women’s Day at Jantar Mantar. The man identified as Sagar Bhandari was angry with the fact that he wanted to speak to Yadav but since no one paid attention, he was not happy. The incident yet again reflected the growing grudges among the party workers.

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7. AAP WORKERS TURN VIOLENT: In retaliation to protests against Kejriwal’s brief “detention” in Gujarat, the AAP workers clashed with BJP activists outside the saffron party headquarters in Delhi and Lucknow. AAP workers had stormed the BJP head office on Ashoka Road in central Delhi protesting against Kejriwal’s ‘detention’ in Radhanpur in North Gujarat where he has gone to “assess” the development claims made by CM Narendra Modi. The AAP leadership was yet again caught on a sticky wicket as prominent AAP leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi were seen during the clashes. Moreover, the action by AAP workers stood in contrast to the party’s ideologies of promoting non-violence.

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8. KEJRIWAL’S PLANE CONTROVERSY: Arvind Kejriwal was caught on the wrong foot as he took a chartered plane from Jaipur to Delhi to attend a conclave. As his rivals attacked him, Kejriwal said a media group arranged for the aircraft as they wanted him to attend the event. Interestingly, Kejriwal has been attacking major political leaders for using chartered aircraft of corporates for reaching the rally venues.