Former AAP member launches online campaign against party
Suspended Aam Aadmi Party member Munish Raizada has launched an online petition against AAP, accusing it of not divulging details of donations received by it.
Raizada, a former co-convenor of AAP’s NRI Cell, yesterday launched the petition ‘No List-No Donation Campaign’ to gather support for his claim, which has been refuted by the party.
Earlier, on November 26, which also happens to be the Foundation day of AAP, Raizada wrote an open letter to party leaders urging them to put the list of all the donors’ on the official website of the party.
Since June 2016, AAP was not disclosing the names of its donors, US-based Raizada claimed.
Speaking to news agency PTI over phone from Chicago, he said, “AAP is going completely against its donation policy wherein it promised transparent transactions. It made a commitment to the public that every single rupee donated will be published on the website. But the grim reality is that rather than sticking to its core principle, the party has hidden the details in the guise of opposition targeting its donors.”
“Since the party has failed to show its donations before the expiry of deadline set by me for them, I have started an online pledge via Change.org which seeks support from the public,” said Raizada, a neo-natologist.
In addition to this, Raizada also launched a website www.NoListNoDonation.com to intensify the stir.
He said, “Our team will also resort to Satyagraha after December 20. The manual pledge forms so signed by thousands of people in India will be then delivered to the office of Aam Aadmi Party by hand.”
Raizada said lack of transparency in political funding leads to corruption, favouritism and nepotism and as far as AAP is concerned, it was born to make India corruption free, but now unfortunately it is “compromising” with its principles.
Reacting to the allegations, AAP has dubbed Raizada as “Congress party worker” and said it does not give any importance to his activities.
“He has been expelled for anti-party activities from the party and he has joined Congress. He (Raizada) is an opportunist. He is working as a Congress worker for upcoming election in Punjab and thus indulging in baseless allegations,” said AAP, national spokesperson, Preeti Sharma Menon.