Eviction Of Chhotepur Threatens To Cause A Major Divide In The Party

As on Wednesday, 21 members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), including members of Parliament Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh demanded to sack AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who has been accused of taking bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates for the assembly elections to be held early next year.

As Aap party members chorus for his removal through a written letter to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, there are those who came in support of his removal as well thus causing  major tiff in the party.

Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa, a member of the Political Review Committee, has come out in support of Chhotepur, accusing Kejriwal of succumbing to the pressure from a coterie in the party and ignoring the ground realities. He alleged that the party was not run on democratic values. Giving an example of the autocratic way of running of the party, he said not a single meeting of the Political Review Committee had been called so far. Randhawa is likely to accompany Chhotepur, as he believes him to be an honest politician, to the latter’s press conference tomorrow.

 

The party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) is likely to meet at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence tomorrow to take a final call on his removal. Meanwhile, Chhotepur, spent the day preparing for a show of strength and to give his side of story to his volunteers. After his show of strength, he would be addressing the media in Chandigarh tomorrow.

Amarinder Singh Defends Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Slaming AAP For It’s Dirty Tactic

Last Thurday Punjab’s Congress Committee president,  Amarinder Singh came out in support  of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur , who has been accused of taking bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates for the assembly elections to be held early next year

Amarinder singh slammed the AAP for its ‘dirty tricks’ calling the so called “sting operation as planned and engineered”. “The sting operation has clearly been conceived, planned and executed as part of an internal coup engineered by the AAP leaders from outside who want to control Punjab through remote by using their local stooges and inconsequential wannabe leaders,” he said.

He further on suggested Kejriwal to also look into the monumental transformation in the lifestyle of leaders like Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak since they started their political career in Punjab. “Chhotepur nourished and nurtured the party right from the day of its conception in Punjab,” he said.

“it is a blatantly shameless attempt by people like Arvind Kejriwal , Sanjay Singh, Durgesh Pathak and Ashish Khetan to control the party from Delhi, UP and Haryana”.

Amarinder further on defended Chhotepur saying, “I may have strong political differences with Chhotepur, but I also acknowledge and admire his qualities of honesty and integrity and will not like to keep quiet when he is being made a victim of an internal coup and intrigue”, he said, while adding, “it is disgustingly unfair that when you don’t like a man, you start tarnishing and targeting his unblemished image”.

The PCC president said, Mr Kejriwal has a history and character of using and throwing away people.

“He did it with his mentor Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Chhotepur is only the next and not the last in line.”

AAP hand in glove with Congress

“Whether through scrutiny of Delhi elections or Kejriwal’s promise of SIT formation on 84 riots case; there are enough evidences to show that AAP is Team ‘B’ of Congress.”

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 During the Delhi elections in 2013, Arvind Kejriwal had sworn in the name of his children saying that he would never form alliance with any political party. But, in stark contrast to his claims, he went on to form the government with the Congress as an alliance partner. Kejriwal’s U-Turn with this political move speaks volume about his dubious intentions and also proves the point that AAP is hand in glove with Congress.

Kejriwal’s promise to re-open 84 riots case

 Arvind Kejriwal left no stone unturned to woo Sikh voters of Delhi in the assembly election held last year and he promised to re-open the case pertaining to 1984 anti Sikh riots case. Kejriwal showed commitment to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the case and put the culprits behind the bars.

As promised, Kejriwal announced formation of SIT immediately after coming to power but later it proved to be a political stunt as eleven months later it surfaced from media reports that the file meant to set-up the SIT was missing. Two things became clear after this development. One, AAP tried to gain political mileage by making this announcement second, It didn’t have any intention to probe the case, rather it was their delay tactics in wake of rising public outrage against the perpetrators.

Shielding the culprit
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AAP had no intention to initiate any action against the culprit of Sikh carnage, which claimed lives of 4000 Sikhs in Delhi. AAP just made political motivated moves but actually it was has been shielding the culprit. The fact became evident when photos of Arvind Kejriwal sharin jovial moments with Congress leader and main culprit of anti Sikh riots went viral in social media circuits.

Delhi people disappointed with anti-democratic AAP government

“Delhi gave a huge mandate to Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) but now after one year of its government, people are asking questions about development and promises made in the pre-poll stage.”

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Ahead of assembly polls in Delhi, AAP not only made false claims and tall promises to score political points but also played with poor & hapless marginalized community in particular. It must be noted that socio-economically neglected strata of society played an instrumental role in reigning Aam Aadmi Party with the power of Delhi government. But the actions of the AAP government in Delhi in last one year suggest it is anti-democratic.

Anti-democratic AAP government

Aam Aadmi Party came to the fore with the promise of offering transparency, honesty and democratization but all these proved lip service, only till the government formation. As soon as it took charge of the Delhi government, it started functioning in completely autocratic manner. In Delhi, the domination of the government machinery by Arvind Kejriwal is near complete. It starts from the top, the cabinet ministers and tickles down to the ground level.

Frustrated citizens of Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal promised moon to Delhi voters ahead of assembly polls but delivered nothing. AAP talked about corruption free governance and had promised to usher an era of alternative politics but instead it has gone against its own founding principles.

Arvind Kejriwal talked about austerity and professed about leading a normal life. But in contrast to its claims, AAP government was marked with 400% salary hike of its legislatures and glorification of its governance by spending massive Rs. 526 on advertising.

People of Delhi had high hopes from Arvind Kejriwal and were expecting AAP to change the rules of politics. But completely ignoring the grass-root issues of the masses, it became the part of the game.

Leaving Khatakar Kalan, AAP campaigns at ‘Deras’ of Punjab

“AAP always talked about bringing out a ‘revolution’ and associated their style of politics with Bhagat Singh’s ideology. But, leaving Khatakar Kalan, AAP has been regularly camping at ‘deras’ to gain on vote bank politics.”

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The foundation of the AAP’s brand of politics was rooted in the ideology of Bhagat Singh, or that is what the party tried hard to project. No wonder much of AAP’s politics and campaigns were centered on Khatkar Kalan (Bhagat Singh’s ancestral village) for the past many years. But, ironically this year on ‘Martyr’s Day’ (March 23, when Bhagat Singh was hanged to death in 1931), none of the AAP leaders paid a visit to Khatakar Kalan.

Succumbing to Dera Politics

AAP has been nurturing the dream of winning Punjab polls since general elections in 2014. Now, ahead of polls they are leaving no stone unturned to make an impression. With lack of political base or leadership in state, AAP has realized that they won’t be able to any headway in state. In this scenario, they are now trying to milk the huge vote bank of various ‘deras’ of Punjab.

It must be noted here that last visit of AAP supremo, Arvind Kejriwal’s last dinner was centered around various ‘deras’ of Punjab.

Much hyped campaign launch at Khatkar Kalan

On March 23, 2015, AAP launched it over hyped, ‘Punjab against Corruption’ campaign. The campaign was launched by national executive member Naveen Jaihind at Khatkar Kalan, followed by a rally in Jalandhar. The rally proved only eyewash, which failed to make any noise. AAP seem to have appropriated the ideology of Bhagat Singh for their own vested interests but failed to make a mark.

While Kejriwal completely skipped Khatkar Kalan on his recent two visits to the state, on top of that, his visits to the ‘deras’ sent signals of the AAP’s tilt to ‘dera’ and caste-based politics.

Kejriwal played political stunt by using Bhagat Singh’s name

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He says AAP govt working towards fulfilling the dream of Martyr

Everything is face in politics for the Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP supremo, Arvind Kejriwal as he always en cash the situations for political gains.

On the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, the AAP supremo unveiled the busts of freedom fighters in the premises of Delhi Legislative Assembly.

Even he claimed that his government has been working towards fulfilling Bhagat Singh’s dream of freedom.

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Bhagat Singh had fought for country’s freedom and he sacrificed his life for the nation. In 1947, the country attained independence and in 1950, the constitution of India came into effect. He talked non sense by using the great martyr’s name and played cheap publicity stunt.

The speech of Kejriwal seemed to have been made with an eye on the poll-bound state of Punjab. He has made the statement to please the people of Punjab as he is preparing for the assembly elections of Punjab next year.

A part of the speech by foolish Kejriwal mentioned the imperialism word. India attained freedom in 1947. He said in his speech, “Bhagat Singhji had said that freedom will not come only from driving the British out of the country, it will come when imperialism, poverty comes to an end and farmers and laborers live happily.”

Kejriwal only discussed Punjab in his speech

 He said that the AAP government in Delhi was trying to turn Singh’s dream into reality. He also pointed out that families of farmers committing suicide in Punjab had got no relief. “When crops of farmers are destroyed, the Delhi government does not sit with its head in its hands. The Delhi chief minister goes on visits from one village to another. And when crops were destroyed last year, the Delhi government paid the highest ever compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre. Farmers work tirelessly to grow their crops so we can feed ourselves. When farmers face difficulties, it is the government’s duty to help them out. That is what Bhagat Singhji was martyred for,” he said.

Kejriwal mislead the people in his speech

The Chief Minister of Delhi, Kejriwal misled the people in his speech. He boasted of his promises which were not delivered by AAP. Majority of his speech was based on Punjab and he was talking about Punjab issues only. He said his government did a lot for farmers but reality speaks something different as AAP government has not issued the compensation amounts to the farmers for their crop damage. He tried to dupe the people by making wrong statement.

Reference:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/govt-working-towards-bhagat-singhs-idea-of-freedom-cm-arvind-kejriwal/

 

Fissures between AAP deepens further

“Fissures in the faction led Aam Aadmi Party has deepened further with suspended AAP MP from Fatehgarh Sahib, Harinder Singh Khalsa raising serious questions over leadership abilities of Arvind Kejriwal.”

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 Aam Aadmi Party since beginning has been in news for all the wrong reasons. While on one hand the party is claiming to secure at least 100 seats in the upcoming Punjab polls, on the other side, internal feud & factionalism has marred the functioning of state unit. With lack of orientation and leadership posing serious question on future of party, all state leaders want to be the future CM.

Voice of Dissent with the Party

After Patiala MP, Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi, other suspended MP Harinder Singh Khalsa has come out in public to express his anguish over functioning of party high command. It must be noted that the two MPs in question were suspended for accusing central leadership of enforcing excessive control over state affairs.

After Dr. Gandhi, Khalsa had gone on record to criticize AAP supremo, Arvind Kejriwal. Describing Kejriwal as no leader in Punjab, Khalsa said, “Let him roam around from one place to another in Punjab, but he will not get any votes”

Digging his own grave

Kejriwal is digging his own grave by dictatorship style of functioning. One after another, party leaders are rising up in arms against him. The autocratic style functioning of the party can be understood by the fact that the party’s MPs were not even allowed to appoint their staff members.

 Factionalism and internal feud within the party never refuses to die down and there is no end to conflicting issues. The key differentiators like the concepts of ‘swaraj’, honesty, transparency etc., as included in the party’s charter were gradually lost in the race to power.