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Walk the talk on party funding, Anna Hazare tells Arvind Kejriwal

Chadha said AAP is the only party that has transparency in its source of funding and 92 per cent of its donations come through banking channels like net banking, credit and debit card and cheques.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 24, 2016 11:39 pm
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Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Saturday castigated Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for “not fulfilling the promise” of putting his party’s donors list in public domain, at a time when the AAP has been questioning the Congress and BJP over their source of funding. In a letter to Kejriwal, dated December 23, the veteran activist, popularly known as Anna and also a ‘father-figure’ for the AAP, took a dig at the Delhi Chief Minister and said if change has to be brought into the system, then the leadership should “walk the talk”.

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“For the betterment of country and the society, I kept aside several important works related to people in Maharashtra and gave you my time without any selfish interest and dreamt big for the country. But my dream has been shattered,” Hazare, who launched an anti-graft crusade, said. He also referred to a letter written to him by Munish Raizada, a US-based medico and suspended AAP member, pointing out that donors’ records have gone off the party website since June 2016. Raizada also launched ‘no chanda’ (no donation) satyagraha at Raj Ghat on Saturday.


AAP’s national treasurer Raghav Chadha claimed that Hazare was being misled by Congress leaders on the issue while the BJP is using state agencies to threaten its donors. On behalf of Kejriwal, he also challenged BJP President Amit Shah and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to come out clean on party donors and have a debate on the issue at Jantar Mantar. “You made several promises, which includes putting the donations received by the AAP on the party website. “The talks of social change, which we espoused, are fading and politics and money are becoming important. The sense of humility is also fading.




“Or else, you would not have taken off the names of people from your website who gave donations to the party during trying times,” Hazare said. He also expressed displeasure over functioning of the AAP. Hazare said that while other parties get donations from people for their “selfish interests”, people give funds to AAP to bring in change.

“You penned a book on Gram Swaraj. The way you are going…is this the way to Gram Swaraj? This is the question before me. What is the difference between your party and other political outfits?” Hazare said. “You promised change to me and the people. It pains because the promise has not been fulfilled. You have made several such promises to me and people,” Hazare said.

Chadha said AAP is the only party that has transparency in its source of funding and 92 per cent of its donations come through banking channels like net banking, credit and debit card and cheques. “Congress leaders like Muish Raizada are misleading Anna while BJP uses state agenices to harass our donors. Raizada has joined the Congress,” Chadha claimed.

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    IML sood
    Dec 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm
    This Ghadha (donkey) just want to protect his corrupt party and his master joker Khujli who has been certified by Anna as a corrupt. Till date Anna was his Guru and whatever he is today is due to him though this ungrateful stabbed him in the back. Now where are Aaptards, many are deserting this sinking ship and donations they are getting is many cases are from anti national and radical elements from foreign countries through Hawala deals. They have no face expect blackened one so this Ghadha is pointing fingers towards others.
    1. T
      Dec 24, 2016 at 11:37 pm
      Anna Ji ! no fault of yours as Kejriwal gave performance worth winning Oscar and fooled entire country along with you.Unfortunately in future no body will trust such movements because of people like Kejri and group..
      1. S
        Dec 24, 2016 at 4:54 pm
        Anna hazare should also appreciate the good work being done by AAP. He seems to be playing in the hands of BJP.
        1. Z
          Dec 24, 2016 at 11:52 pm
          This Anna is total drama. Ask other parties too, but no drama of open letter jo karna hai. lt;br/gt;Anna can do dharna sharna. lt;br/gt;It takes much more to take on the big stinky fish. lt;br/gt;Poor little Anna. I suspect dementia.
          1. V
            Dec 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm
            Kajri bai puts up some bogus list and says this is the only fund received by the party....as if he is running his entire show on the fund he has put up..his main source of funding is jihadis, naxals and foreign funded ngos
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