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Arvind Kejriwal accused of ‘running away’ from RTI queries on AAP

Party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Kejriwal advocated the implementation of RTI act within political parties. (PTI) Party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Kejriwal advocated the implementation of RTI act within political parties. (PTI)
Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: February 25, 2014 7:59 pm | Updated: February 25, 2014 8:00 pm

Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday received flak for allegedly failing to implement RTI Act within Aam Aadmi Party.

Rakesh Agarwal, who claimed to have played a vital role in making auto drivers join AAP during elections, today said that despite being called the “so-called hero” of the RTI movement, Kejriwal’s party was running away from answering questions under the Right to Information Act.

“I have filed 13 RTI applications since October 30, 2013 with the AAP but none of the applications have been acknowledged. Appeals were filed against two of the applications but even those have gone without a reply,” Agarwal, secretary of Nyayabhoomi, told reporters here.

He told reporters said that last year, party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Kejriwal advocated the implementation of RTI act within political parties, but AAP was now refusing to supply information under the RTI Act.

“Why is Mr. Kejriwal not bringing out the details of every rupee spent on his rally despite the fact that he claimed that AAP was getting donations from public?” he asked.

He said that his 13 RTI applications pertained to funds received by way of donations and membership, details of expenses, statements of the party’s bank accounts, internal elections, candidates selections process and the proof of corruption against politicians whom Kejriwal has called corrupt in the recent weeks.

“While Arvind Kejriwal was in the chair, the chief minister’s performance on RTI was at its worst ever. I had asked for reasons for the transfers of the two transport commissioners. The CM’s office replied that the citizens have no right to ask why the transfer happen,” he said.

Agarwal said that the content of Jan Lokpal Bill has not been made public to this day.

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