Anna Hazare slams Arvind Kejriwal, asks him to walk the talk on party funding

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Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare today 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 today.

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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  1. First VK Singh, then Kiran Bedi and now Anna Hazare himself are exposed. We are with Arvind Kejriwal.
    Anna Hazare you have lost your credibility just like Kiran Bedi.

    • my friend, core AAP supporters like me support annaji also.

      unlike kiran bedi who joined BJP for her own interest, annaji only wants AAP to stand on principles & put the donors’ list back on website. annaji has also asked BJP & cong to come clean on party donors. so annaji is right in his demand.

      I wish that AAP must put back the donors’ list back into their website. AAP must not hurt feelings of its supporters & donors by ignoring this issue.

      If their is any specific reason for not putting donor list, AAP can send a representative to annaji to explain him & also make the reason public.

  2. Its all about ego and nothing about broken promises. First of all Anna claims not believing in party politics. He sometimes confuses with his own ideology and suddenly supports Mamta Banergy’s TMC in Bengal elections, forgive KB and VK singh for joining BJP and sometimes questions only AAPs funding? It is understandable if he could have made generalized statement on all party funding. Why targeting AAP and AK only ? ..I won’t be surprised to see Anna becoming harsh in criticizing AK and intensifying allegations on AAP as Punjab and Goa election dates nearing…

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