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LS Speaker should order a probe into Maharashtra Sadan incident

The Aam Aadmi Party demands that the Lok Sabha Speaker should immediately order a time-bound probe into the highly condemnable, shameful and inhuman act committed by Shiv Sena MPs inside Maharashtra Sadan.

The country is outraged at the shameful incident and is in a state of shock, and the Lok Sabha Speaker is duty-bound to prevent the institution of Parliament from being disgraced by such MPs who neither understand their responsibility as public representatives, nor do they have any respect for the right to religious freedom of citizens of the country.

There are precedents before the Speaker to set-up a special parliamentary committee and ask for a report within a definite time frame, following which exemplary action should be taken against these MPs. The Indian Express news story now stands corroborated by video evidence, which leaves no doubt that the Shiv Sena MPs, drunk with arrogance of power, resorted to inhuman behavior against a catering supervisor. Read More

Delhi Police must not yield to political pressure in NE youth murder case

News reports appearing in some newspapers suggest that one of the accused arrested in the case is a close relative of a prominent Delhi BJP leader and since the Delhi Police reports directly to union home ministry, therefore the apprehension of undue influence to dilute the case cannot be ruled out. What is more disturbing is that BJP leaders are already giving statements to show the gruesome incident as a case of road rage, which is completely uncalled for, since the case is at investigation stage. Read More

Complaint of money laundering of US $ 750 million by Anil Ambani group

Prashant Bhushan's Complaint of money laundering of US $ 750 million by Anil Ambani group

I am writing this complaint to the SIT on black money constituted pursuant to the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. This complaint is regarding the huge money laundering involving the Anil Ambani Group of Companies that the SIT ought to investigate and prosecute.

We all know that the CBI has filed chargsheet in the 2G spectrum scam case against Anil Ambani controlled Reliance companies and three senior Reliance executives for creating a benami company called Swan Telecom through a maze of companies. CBI has stated that Reliance created Swan by transferring money for the purchase of its equity shares and about 1000 crore worth of preference shares. Reliance was ineligible for applying for obtaining 2G spectrum, so it created its front company of Swan.

According to the CBI chargesheet, this Swan Telecom was later transferred to Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka in 2007, and was awarded telecom license and 2G spectrum in January 2008. Both Balwa and Goenka then transferred Rs 200 crores from their company DB Reality to the family of DMK President and their Kalignar tv channel.  A few relevant pages of the CBI chargesheet are annexed as Annexure A. The SIT can obtain the full copy of the chargesheet from CBI/ED to get the complete picture. Read More

Families of Indian workers in Iraq protest at Jantar Mantar

Atleast 3,000 Indians are still stranded in armed conflict hit Iraq and there is still no word on the plight of 39 workers abducted by the ISIS, who have now spent more than five weeks in custody. These families of stranded Indians (mainly from Punjab), are naturally worried for their safety and at least 40 such families have started a dharna at Jantar Mantar in the capital, demanding effective from the central government for their release.  Read More

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Statement on appointment of judges

"Justice Katju's revelation in the TOI today about how a reputedly corrupt judge came to be appointed in the Chennai High Court, once again highlights the serious problems with the process of appointment of judges  to the higher judiciary. He has pointed out from firsthand insider knowledge that, despite full knowledge about the dubious reputation of the person concerned, he still came to be appointed by the Supreme Court collegium because he was a favourite of the DMK party, since he had granted bail to its Supremo Karunanidhi. Some of the judges involved in the collegium which participated in his appointment such as chief Justices Sabharwal and Balakrishnan have themselves have been at the centre of very serious allegations of corruption.
 

This entire episode shows that several dubious persons have come to reach top positions in the judiciary where they can appoint more such dubious persons to the judiciary. It also shows that judges in the collegium often succumb to undesirable pressure from the political executive even when the power of appointment of judges is essentially vested in the judiciary. But the most important lesson from this example, which is by no means the only such example, is the dangers of lack of transparency in the appointment of judges. Had the people of the country known that such a dubious person was proposed to be appointed, they would have raised their voices against it and the pressure of public opinion would have shamed the collegium and prevented them from recommending such a dubious appointment. Read More

BJP running away from Delhi elections; Congress is scared

During the hearing of the Aam Aadmi Party petition challenging the central government’s decision to keep the Delhi assembly in suspended animation instead of dissolving it, the Supreme Court had observed on April 17 that :“ Nothing should be done which facilitates Aaaya Ram, Gaya Ram (horsetrading brand of politics) in the Assembly.  Should not Aya Ram Gaya Ram be eliminated ? Nothing should be done so that Aya Ram becomes Gaya Ram and Gaya Ram becomes Aya Ram.”

It is beyond any reasonable understanding that if the BJP and Congress really want fresh elections in Delhi, so that the people can elect a new government of their choice, then why are they afraid of stating so officially and clearly in writing ? Read More

India must stop purchasing arms from Israel

The Aam Aadmi Party demands that both Houses of Parliament should immediately pass unanimous resolutions condemning the completely unjustified Israeli attacks on Gaza and should not allow the Narendra Modi government to reverse the decades-old stand of the country on this important issue. The AAP also demands that the Indian government must seek action against Israel's repeated and widespread violations of human rights. It must stop purchasing arms from Israel, since these revenues appear to be used to oppress the people of Palestine.  Read More

Why are BJP, Cong afraid of demanding assembly dissolution ?

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) challenges the BJP and the Congress to give it in writing to the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi that they want the state assembly to be dissolved and make a similar statement before the Supreme Court. The AAP finds the statements of state presidents of both, the BJP and the Congress, extremely amusing that they are ready for elections.

In case of BJP, if it is ready for elections, then the people of Delhi can get a chance to elect a new government of their choice within no time, since all that is required is that the BJP has to ask the union home ministry of its own party government to seek a report from the LG recommending dissolution of the assembly. If the home ministry directs the LG to send a report, it can be placed before the union cabinet soon and the President’s rule can be revoked in Delhi and assembly dissolved during the ongoing budget session of the Parliament itself. Therefore, if the BJP state President is serious in demanding fresh assembly elections, and is not hoodwinking the people, the stalemate can be resolved in no time. Read More

Why are BJP, Cong afraid of demanding assembly dissolution ?

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) challenges the BJP and the Congress to give it in writing to the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi that they want the state assembly to be dissolved and make a similar statement before the Supreme Court. The AAP finds the statements of state presidents of both, the BJP and the Congress, extremely amusing that they are ready for elections.

In case of BJP, if it is ready for elections, then the people of Delhi can get a chance to elect a new government of their choice within no time, since all that is required is that the BJP has to ask the union home ministry of its own party government to seek a report from the LG recommending dissolution of the assembly. If the home ministry directs the LG to send a report, it can be placed before the union cabinet soon and the President’s rule can be revoked in Delhi and assembly dissolved during the ongoing budget session of the Parliament itself. Therefore, if the BJP state President is serious in demanding fresh assembly elections, and is not hoodwinking the people, the stalemate can be resolved in no time. Read More

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Delhi Budget - 2014

Today Arun Jaitley presented the Delhi budget in Loksabha and contradicted his own previous statement against subsidy by giving a huge subsidy on electricity ion Delhi. It is notable that yesterday only DERC has increased power tariffs by 8.32% after which AAP did a silent protest using human banners.  Read More

Gaza situation - Govt stand highly disturbing

External affairs minister Ms Sushma Swaraj’s refusal to debate the Gaza situation in Parliamenton Wednesday is highly disturbing. 

The government’s silence at this crucial juncture violates the well settled principles of Indian foreign policy. It raises serious questions about the dangerous direction in which the Narendra Modi government appears to be taking the country's foreign policy. The government’s silence on the atrocities being committed in Gaza have lowered India’s standing in the international community. Earlier the UPA and now the NDA government, both have shown a gradual tilt towards Israel, but the latest action of the UPA government has hit a new low.

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Arvind Kejriwal's message on BJP horsetrading in Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released a recorded audio message of its national convenor and former Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, about the desperate BJP attempts to cobble up a majority in the state assembly through horse-trading, and about its failed attempts to engineer defections from other parties.

This recorded message is now being sent to the people, using different platforms available for disseminating audio information. Listen to Arvind's message Read More

AAP opposed TRAI amendment in Lok Sabha

Given below is the speech of the AAP parliamentary group leader Dr Dharam Vira Gandhi in the House on the issue :

“I would like to highlight two or three points regarding this Bill. The BJP and the NDA all along ten years of UPA rule had been opposing the Ordinance route of bringing out various amendments to the laws. But, the first thing that the BJP did, within three days of its coming to power, was to bring an Ordinance, an unconstitutional route, to appoint a person for the post of the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. We believe that it is their prerogative and we do not object it. What we object is the route. This route is undemocratic. Read More

Terminate RIL contract, it won't pay any penalty

The RIL has committed enough and glaring willful improprieties in the execution of its KG-D6 contract that the Narendra Modi government has sufficient grounds to terminate its contract and allow any other company or the government-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to produce gas from these fields.

The Reliance has created an artificial shortage of natural gas in this country by bringing down the production from KG-D6 fields to below 10%, with the sole aim of forcing the government to import it at a very high price. Infact this company has deliberately kept its production much below the target since 2010-11.  Read More

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AAP statement on the Gaza situation

We urge upon the Indian government to publicly call for a ceasefire in Gaza, allow doctors, medicines and all essential goods to get access into Gaza. Israel must compensate and pay reparation to the Palestinians for the extensive loss of civilian life and property.

We also call upon the government of India to support the call for an independent Palestine. These demands, specially for an independent Palestine are hugely important and both the Government and civil society must rise to support the Palestinian people and their struggle for justice, peace and independence. Read More

Arvind Kejriwal meets protesting Delhi guest teachers

Arvind Kejriwal told the protesting teachers that the current administration should not have tampered with the February 6order issued by the Aaam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, which clearly stated that services of those employed as guest teachers will not be disturbed till these posts will be filled up on a permanent basis.

The Delhi administration has discontinued the services of guest teachers since the month of May, without filling up these posts on a permanent basis, for which these teachers were to be considered and given weight age. Read More

AAP will oppose TRAI amendment - it compromises regulator's impartiality

The AAP is of the clear view that the law cannot be changed for making an otherwise ineligible individual to take up a particular post, by first abusing the emergency powers of the government by bringing an ordinance, and then wasting the time of Parliament to suit the whims and fancies of an individual considered dear to the ruling establishment.

The AAP opposed the introduction of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2014, in the Lok Sabha on Friday, and will strongly oppose it when the bill will be taken up for consideration and passage in the House. Read More

Union Budget a damp squib

The party feels that the Budget presented by the Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley has disappointed the Aam Aadmi who had great expectations from the Modi government, especially on the issues of price rise and job creation.  On these two issues the budget offers nothing.

People had expected some concrete and long term steps from the government in the direction of curbing price rise and generating job opportunities. Apart from this, the budget also does not spell out government’s plan to deal with impending drought when the agriculture sector is facing acute stagnation.

The Aam Aadmi Party wants to remind the Finance Minister that his party had promised to the people a slew of measures to curb price rise and inflation. These measures included setting up of special courts to stop hoarding and black marketing, but it did not find mention in the Union Budget presented today. Read More

Budget announcement on Delhi reforms lack clarity

Finance minister Mr Arun Jaitley’s announcement of providing Rs 200 crore for power reforms and Rs 500 crore for water reforms in Delhi lacks clarity and runs the risk of finally ending up helping the private companies and contractors only.

It would have been better had the finance minister made a specific announcement on how this money being given by the central government will be utilized, since currently the national capital is under its rule.

Mr Jaitley has linked his budget announcement for power reforms in Delhi to problems in the city’s transmission network. Since privatization of power in the city more than a decade back, the government’s stake is merely 50% and the rest belongs to these private power distribution companies. Read More

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Union budget offers nothing to fulfill BJP's main promises of job creation and curbing inflation.

Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley has been disapointing for the Aam Aadmi, who had great expectations from the Modi government, especially on the issues of price rise and job creation, where the budget offers nothing.
 
People had expected some concrete and long term steps from the government in the direction of curbing price rise and generating job opportunities. Apart from this, the budget also does not spell out government’s plan to deal with impending drought when the agriculture sector is facing acute stagnation.

AAP will oppose any change in law to bail out Vodafone

In its first general budget, the NDA government should not tamper with the 2012 amendment in the Income Tax law which makes it mandatory for foreign companies to pay tax with retrospective effect for mergers and acquisitions of companies having operations in India.   Read More

Expectations From The General Budget

The Aam Aadmi Party wishes to remind the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi of the promises that he and his party had made during elections. We sincerely hope that these promises were not merely slogans to garner votes and the Modi Government is serious about them. The first General Budget of the NDA government will be a test of its sincerity of the promises made in BJP’s manifesto.

Here is the wish list of the common man of this country from this general budget :

 

     

    Amit Shah becomes BJP president inspite of facing serious criminal charges

    It is not hidden from anyone that Mr Shah is currently out on bail since he faces serious charges of having masterminded the fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and and an eyewitness in the case, Tulsiram Prajapati. The argument that the appointment of Mr Shah as BJP President is an internal matter of that party, does not hold ground since this development will have multiple implications on the political system of the country.

    By appointing Mr Shah as its chief, the BJP has lowered the minimum moral qualification required for leaders to head major political parties in the country. It is difficult to recall any other example in which a leader who faced serious criminal charges including murder, extortion and kidnapping was anointed as chief of a national political party. The AAP views the development as a sad day for democracy.  Read More

    Aam Aadmi Party Reaction on Rail Budget

    The people of the county had expected that the new government to lay down its roadmap to improve the efficiency of the railways by curbing the price distortion and corruption, two major problems currently plaguing this critical sector, but the budget appears to be silent on addressing these long term concerns and belies expectations of a long term vision.

    There is nothing concrete in this budget on the improvement of safety and maintenance of the massive railway network across the country. Nearly 2.5 lakh posts are lying vacant in the railways and out of these 1.6 lakh posts are in departments directly concerned with the railways safety, but nothing has been done to fill up these posts. Read More

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