AAP Demonstrates That EVMs Can Be Tampered

The Aam Aadmi Party chief Kejriwal, who has been facing allegation after allegation from his former colleague, chose to prove that EVMs can be tampered in the special Assembly session held on Tuesday.

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal’s obsession with Centre’s conspiracy theory is never ending. While sacked minister Kapil Mishra met CBI on Tuesday with ‘proof’, Kejriwal preferred to demonstrate on Tuesday in a special Assembly session how Electronics Voting Machines (EVMs) can be tampered.

And, of course, the party came out with an explosive proof against BJP. “All it takes to rig an EVM is changing the motherboard. All it takes is 90 seconds. If elections continue to be done through these EVMs there will be no measure of democracy left. Only one party will rule all,” said AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj in the special session, after proving his theory.

Earlier the Delhi Assembly special session began with two minutes silence for Sukma martyrs. As the proceedings began BJP MLA Vijender Gupta tried to move adjournment motion alleging graft. Speaker directed marshalls to remove him from the House. Though sacked by the party, Kapil Mishra was also present in the Assembly.

Meanwhile, BJP MLA Vijender Gupta protesting against the government actions sits near Gandhi statue. “CM was in the know of a ₹ 1000 crore scam. Satyender Jain should be arrested. How is this a democracy if they will not allow me to speak in the house?” asked Gupta.

Though there were allegations against Kejriwal earlier also, this time they carried some credence as the person who levelled allegations was none other than his former Cabinet colleague. And also, all the allegations that were levelled earlier were largely against AAP and its government, but the target of the fresh allegations was Kejriwal.

This is the first time that corruption allegations were made against Kejriwal.

Kejriwal who preferred to remain silent since Sunday morning – when the episode started, tweeted on Monday night that “truth will prevail” and the special Assembly would mark the beginning. And on Tuesday he tweeted that he was about to reveal about a big national conspiracy.

After suspending belligerent leader Kapil Mishra from the party on Monday as he dared Kejriwal to sack him, the AAP leaders eagerly condemned Mishra’s statements as baseless and wild allegations.

Kapil was consistently talking about how AAP’s no.2 Satyendra Jain benefited close relatives of Kejriwal in illegal land deals, neither of them bothered to clarify the issue. Mishra also pointed out at the foreign tours and said they used the illegal money for that.

He also vowed that if they don’t give details of their foreign trips, he would be on a hunger strike from Wednesday. Incidentally, Kejriwal’s brother-in-law against whom Mishra was levelling allegations died on Monday morning. It is to him that Jain had allegedly helped in a land deal and shared the same information with Kapil.

The crisis in AAP which started as an implosion is now blow out, with leaders openly levelling allegations against AAP leadership. Aam Aadmi Party which started with the motto to give clean governance without any taint of corruption is proving that it’s no way different from other parties.

Instead of claiming on social media that truth will prevail (which anyway will happen) Kejriwal should have directly clarified the questions being posed to him. Particularly about Satyendra Jain against whom various allegations were made.

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Kapil Mishra Assaulted By AAP MLAs’ In Delhi Assembly

Suspended AAP MLA Kapil Mishra was allegedly beaten up by MLAs of the same party at the behest of Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia when Delhi Assembly met on Wednesday for one day to discuss GST.

New Delhi:  Suspended AAP MLA and former minister Kapil Mishra was assaulted by his colleagues in the Assembly as it met for a one-day special sitting on the GST.

The sacked minister said that he was demanding to speak in Assembly and was not allowed to speak. “Everyone saw it,” he said outside the House. He alleged that when he was beaten and punched in the Assembly, Kejriwal was laughing. “The deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia directed to beat me up,” he claimed. Declaring that he was not afraid of Kejriwal’s goons, he said that he would expose the misdeeds of Kejriwal at the Constitution Club at 5 pm on Wednesday.

While the video feed from the Assembly showed Mishra being pushed around, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj denied that he was manhandled. Saying that Kapil’s conduct is known, he claimed that the Speaker did not allow Kapil Mishra to show posters. He maintained that everything was on the record.

Once a close aide of the chief minister,  Mishra levelled corruption charges against him and other AAP leaders which dented the image of the Party. Mishra alleged that Health Minister Satyendra Jain gave ₹ 2 crore illegal cash to Kejriwal at the latter’s official residence and helped fix land deals worth crores for Kejriwal’s relatives.

However, AAP denied these charges and suspended him from the party. Meanwhile, reacting to the incident that took place in the Assembly, BJP MLA RP Singh said that they will speak to their party president and approach the L-G for action.

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Anna Hazare: Will Demand Kejriwal’s Resignation If Allegations Are Proved

The anti-corruption crusader and social activist Anna Hazare declared on Tuesday that he would demand the resignation of Kejriwal if the bribery allegations against him are proved.

Mumbai: As corruption allegation against Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal were made by his former colleague, social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that he would demand the resignation of Kejriwal if they were proved. “I would sit on an agitation to demand the resignation,” Anna said.

However, finding fault with the sacked minister Kapil Mishra, he said, if he was the minister when the alleged money exchange took place, why did he not alert the authorities? He asked. He also said that whatever Kapil said were after he was removed, why he not said that when he was in the Cabinet, he asked.

He also said that there should be a thorough investigation into the allegations levelled and if Kejriwal is found guilty, he said that he will personally sit on an agitation at Jantar Mantar and demand his resignation, Anna Hazare told a media organisation at his residence in Ralegan Siddhi Village of Maharashtra.

He said that it was hurting to see his former colleague in the anti-corruption crusade face bribery charges.

The allegations against Kejriwal were made by Kapil Mishra, the sacked minister. He filed three complaints with the CBI against Kejriwal, Minister Satyendra Jain and AAP leaders who allegedly misused party funds on foreign trips. Mishra told media that he filed complaints with the CBI over the exchange of Rs 2 crore between Jain and Kejriwal.

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As Kapil Mishra Meets ACB, AAP Chooses To Blame BJP For The Problem

Kapil Mishra will also meet the CBI officials to address the Rs. 400 Crore water scam.

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party which was virtually stunned due to the corruption allegations levelled by its sacked minister Kapil Mishra, came out on Monday with a different kind of defence. AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Dilip Pandey put up a brave face and tried to defend Kejriwal in a press conference held on Monday.  Instead of answering to the allegations levelled against party Chief Arvind Kejriwal, leaders chose to point out which CM is corrupt in BJP and how Kashmir is burning.

Sacked minister and AAP leader Kapil Mishra on Sunday alleged that he has seen Health Minister Satyendra Jain handing Rs. 2 crores in hard cash to CM Kejriwal. As Kapil Mishra was levelling allegations in a media conference, Kejriwal was strategizing with his close aides and leaders. After the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia spoke to the media, but when asked about Mishra’s allegations, he said that they are not even worth answering.

On Monday too they followed the same strategy. The leaders chose to blame centre as usual in the whole episode. AAP leader Sanjay Singh alleged that BJP government in the Centre is working to stifle opposition and targeting AAP. Raising nationalism the leaders also brought Kashmir into the picture and criticised BJP government that it failed in addressing in addressing internal and external threats to the country and is solely concentrating on decimating AAP. They also alleged that the BJP is trying to repeatedly to implicate AAP in fabricated cases. They also alleged that Kapil Mishra is acting on behest of BJP.

Meanwhile, Kapil Mishra met ACB officials on Monday morning and stated that he furnished all the information needed.

The question on everyone’s mind is, why the Delhi Chief Minister, who in 2012 announced that AAP has formed an internal Lokpal, if anyone has any allegation of corruption against him, they can directly go to Justice AP Shah and make a complaint. And if Justice Shah says there is a prima facie evidence against Arvind, he will have to resign from the party, has not done it yet.

As of now, all the leaders who expressed their dissatisfaction against party’s way of functioning and called for introspection rallied behind Kejriwal. Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Somnath Bharti, Rajesh Rishi and even Kumar Vishwas stood beside Kejriwal after he faced first corruption charge against him.

After meeting the ACB officials, Kapil Mishra told the media that he would be meeting CBI officials in the evening to reveal the details of the alleged 400 crores water scam.

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A tale of three states … and two cities

S.Madhusudhana Rao

India’s capital city New Delhi and the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad have the dubious distinction of grabbing most of the headlines and space in newspapers in the last few days. Though the attention-grabbing reasons are different, the high dramas being enacted by principal leaders of respective ruling parties of the three states have a veneer of commonality.

S.Madhusudhana Rao

S.Madhusudhana Rao

While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have engaged in bitter blame-games over the state of affairs in Delhi, the leaders of truncated Andhra Pradesh and the one-year-old 29th State of Telangana are trying to prove their one-upmanship in Hyderabad.

In the political game of brinkmanship, while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is pitted against the ruling party BJP at the centre, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are at loggerheads.

In fact, what has been going on in the national and the provincial capitals for over a year is not an overnight development. It is the culmination of rival parties – AAP versus BJP in Delhi and TDP versus TRS in Hyderabad – trying to outwit each other to gain political advantage and personal mileage. The turn of events and allegations flying thick and fast involving the main players in the four parties in Delhi and Hyderabad, particularly last week, have bared the ugly side of Indian politics and the depth to which they have descended.

First, the ongoing–and unending – battle between AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the BJP government at the centre. After his party’s spectacular victory in the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections earlier this year (67 out of 70 seats), Kejriwal had promised, among many other things, cordial ties with the union government to develop Delhi and make its administration corruption free. Instead of fulfilling his promises given to the electorate who had given him a massive mandate to govern the country’s capital despite his poor track record of running the government earlier, Kejriwal seems to have chosen a confrontationist path with the centre to resolve Delhi’s problems.

The row over appointment of bureaucrats with Delhi’s Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung, allegations of BJP government not allowing him to function and the daily verbal duels between the rival party leaders over allotment of funds and charges of encouraging AAP dissidents have virtually paralysed the Delhi administration.

A clear indication of it was the 12-day garbage workers’ strike that ended on Friday after Delhi High Court’s intervention and release of funds by Jung to pay salaries to the striking 15,000 workers. At the same time, the AAP government too had claimed that it had released money to clear arrears. The temporary measure has given much-need relief to Delhiites who had been swamped by mountains of garbage on roads and on the verge of falling sick.

However, the larger, and pertinent, issue is will the AAP patch up. In other words, will Kejriwal start governing the state striking a workable balance with the centre? On the other hand, will BJP leaders accept the fact that voters had given the Aam Aadmi Party a clear mandate and allow it to function as smoothly as possible? As it is, AAP, with dissentions, tainted lawmakers and all-round criticism of failing people, is facing the risk of being imploded. Should it happen, it’s a shame not only for the AAP and BJP that came to power with solid majorities at the centre and in Delhi state.

As the nation’s capital, Delhi should have been a model city for state capitals. On the contrary, it is known as the pollution capital of the world. Maintaining it as a great city is the responsibility of both the central and state governments even if rival parties are ruling. Squabbles over petty issues that lead to stinking situations make the city and the country a laughing stock in front of other countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaigns like Clean India don’t make any sense when his government turns a blind eye to keeping Delhi garbage-free to apparently settle scores with the Kejriwal government.

The crux of Delhi’s problem is the city’s duality: A state and the national capital, with municipal departments and government officials indulging in turf wars to nurse their bosses’ egos. The sooner the contentious issues that are playing havoc with civil life are resolved the better for the citizens of Delhi.

A similar situation, albeit with a difference, exists in the joint capital Hyderabad. With two governments whose party leaders don’t see eye to eye and spit fire at each other, the City of Nawabs is truly a happening place. If rival ruling party leaders can’t accommodate each other even after bifurcation and celebrating one year in power, how can they continue to work from the same capital for another nine years is anybody’s guess.

The cash-for-vote and wire-tapping allegations that continue to rock the two Telugu states are only the beginning of more dust-ups in the coming days between AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao. Personal tit-for-tat vitriolic attacks have become a daily affair of the two leaders. Sadly, as everybody knows, the disparaging remarks do no good for the two regions, which, after all have to coexist. Mutual recriminations further fuel the animosity created by vituperative and irresponsible statements being made by leaders from both the states.

At the same time, AP leaders in general and Naidu in particular have to come to terms with the reality that their state needs a capital and every effort should be made to realize their dream city as soon as possible. To boast of creating a world class city and the best capital in the country are easy promises to make. But taking the plans off the ground within a timeframe, even in phase-wise, is a gigantic task. It involves massive funding from the central government. If it not forthcoming, as expected, due to the undercurrents and simmering differences between allies TDP and BJP, Naidu’s dream capital will remain a grandiose idea.

A capital city of its own is not the only major issue for the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh. Disputes over water and power sharing are already staring in the face of the two neighbouring states and they need to be resolved without much delay. The BJP, as a party to the reorganization of the Telugu state, can’t gloss over its moral and political obligations and see the two states prosper. If it eyes expediency, the two states will continue to be in perpetual war of words. The sufferers are people.

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