Monday, December 22, 2014

AAPs 4th List of Candidates for Delhi elections.

Given below are the names of six candidates and their constituencies :

1) Akhilesh Pati Tripathi Model Town (MLA outgoing assembly)
2) Mahendra Yadav Vikaspuri (MLA outgoing assembly)
3) Col (retd) Devendra Sehrawat Bijwasan
4) Jarnail Singh (former journalist) Rajouri Garden
5) Alka Lamba Chandni Chowk
6) Haji Ishraq Seelampur

Monday, December 15, 2014

Legal Notice to BJP

December 13, 2014
 1  Mr. Ramesh Bidhuri
     Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha)
     General Secretary
     Bhartiya Janta Party
     11, Ashoka Road
     New Delhi

2. Mr. Ashwani Upadhyay
    Delhi BJP Unit
    14, Pandit Pant Marg
    New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,

Under instructions from and on behalf of my client Aam Aadmi Party through its Secretary Mr. Pankaj Gupta having its registered office at A-119 Kaushambi Ghaziabad,U.P-201010 I hereby serve you with the following legal notice; -

1.            That my client the Aam Aadmi Party (hereinafter referred to as “AAP”) is a registered political party. The aim and objective of my Client AAP in entering politics is not to come to power but to change the current corrupt and self-serving system of politics forever so that no matter who comes to power in the future, the system is strong enough to effectively and swiftly deal with corruption at any level of governance .My Client has always been fully transparent and open about its finances and list of the entire donors are disclosed online. My Client AAP and   the only political party among the existing parties in India to do so. Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is the National Convenor of my Client AAP and is a highly educated person belonging to a reputed family. He was Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, Government of India, New Delhi and resigned from the said post in order to take up urgent social activities especially crusade against corruption.  My Client AAP and its National Convenor Mr. Arvind Kejriwal command immense respect amongst public and after making a historic electoral debut my Client formed its Government in Delhi with Mr. Kejriwal defeating the sitting Chief Minister Mrs. Sheila Dixit, becoming an MLA from New Delhi constituency and ultimately the Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi.  In recognition of his valuable services to the community, Mr. Kejriwal was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for emergent Leadership in the year 2006 in addition to numerous other awards.  In the year 2014 Mr. Kejriwal was featured in Times 2014 Time 100 List of the Most Influential People in the World.

2.            That having won 28 Assembly seats in the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi in 2013, my client AAP was steered to victory under the leadership of its National Convenor Mr. Kejriwal to near majority.  My Client had made numerous promises to the electorate especially to get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed within stipulated time and having failed due to obstructionist attitude of persons like you and the two parties namely Indian National Congress (Congress) and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the said Bill could not go through as a result whereof Mr. Kejriwal resigned from the Chief Ministership.  My Client AAP and Mr. Kejriwal has become an eyesore for you and other members of the said two parties viz., BJP & Congress. 

3.            That sometimes during November – December 2014 you Noticee No. 1 and 2, aided and abetted by your party BJP, entered into a criminal conspiracy with Mr. Ashish Sood Media Incharge of the BJP, Mr. Praveen Shankar Kapoor and others and in pursuance of the said criminal conspiracy addressed a Press Conference on 01.12.2014 followed by a press release of the same date which inter-alia made false, unfounded, uncorroborated and malicious imputations concerning my client and his party intending to harm, or knowing or having reason to believe that such imputation will harm, the reputation of my client and his party.

4.            That you Noticee No. 1 and 2 along with others referred to above devised a novel method of making libellous allegations asking the media people and proposing to ask the Finance Minister of India to further probe into highly libellous and defamatory insinuations against my Client, its National Convenor Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and leader Mr. Manish Sisodia.  For instance you had stated inter-alia, that my Client has indulged in procuring funds and financial aid from Arab & other Gulf countries & Pakistan through hawala, misusing the funds for promoting Naxalites, etc and that its National Convenor Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is a liar, nautanki baaz, always prepared to mislead public, obtained the prestigious Magsaysay Award from the funds of the Ford Foundation besides dubbing him as a CIA agent, misappropriated various funds raised through undesirable means, thus defaming my Client and dubbing its national leader Mr. Kejriwal as a anti national being.  The Press Release containing all these false imputations is already with you on the basis of which all the malicious allegations made by you were widely published in local, domestic, national and international media. 

5.            In the past also you Noticee No. 2 Mr. Ashwani Upadhyay indulged in anti party activities for which you were expelled on  April 6 2014 from the party by my  Client AAP for calling Mr. Kejriwal a “CIA Agent and Liar”, amongst other totally false and motivated insinuations which were widely covered and published in both print and electronic media on 7 March 2014.

6.            That from the tenor of your aformentioned Press Release and the conference that you held, it is clear that not only you intend to defame my Client but also to illegally and mischievously deter various persons and organisations to fund and support my Client and its Leaders causing set back to my Client in the electoral field.

7.            That by addressing the media persons in the said Press Conference and also by words spoken and intended to be read, made and published the said false and defamatory imputations concerning my aforesaid Client, its National Convenor Mr. Kejriwal and his colleagues. All this has irreparably harmed the reputation of my aforesaid Client and its top leaders tarnishing the image of my Client, its top leaders and their families.  By the said imputations, you Noticees and others referred to above, directly or indirectly, in the estimation of others lowered the moral or intellectual character of my Client and its Leaders and also caused immense damage to its reputation and the reputation of its leaders resulting in depletion of its membership, sources of revenue and general hatred for my Client and other Office Bearers which are likely to adversely affect prospects of my Client at the elections.

8.            That your malafide intentions are further clear from the fact that in two Writ Petitions being WP(C) No. 3412 of 2012 titled “Manohar Lal Sharma versus Union of India & Others” and WP(C) No. 6414 of 2013 titled M.L Sharma versus Union of India, detailed inquiry was held by the Authorities into the various affairs of alleged financial and other irregularities.  The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi vide its judgment dated 24.01.2013 had closed the matter in the aforesaid Writ Petition No. 3412 of 2012 because no such allegation could be proved.  As regards the other Writ Petition No. 6414 of 2013 Ministry of Home Affairs, Union of India has filed an affidavit stating that there is no violation of law in the funds of my Client AAP which too has been widely published.  The said judgment of the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi dated 24.01.2013 as also the stand of Union of India is well known to you and others of your party.

9.            You are therefore hereby called upon;

a)            To tender written unconditional and unqualified apology to my Client for having made such false and defamatory imputations about my Client and to Office Bearers such as Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Mr. Manish Sisodia, etc.;

b)           To further hold a similar type of Press Conference expressing regret for having made defamatory allegations against my Client issuing a detailed statement completely retracting your defamatory statements made against my Client and Mr. Kejriwal and his Colleague.

In case you fail to comply with this notice within 7 days, my Client shall be constrained to take further legal action against you and others at your cost and peril without any further reference to you.

Copy of this mail is being kept for my record.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

How much does Modi care for the army?

They are in the line of fire. They sacrifice their life for you and for us. This is the least you could do for them.” It was the message by the Supreme Court to the Centre, which was fighting against the ex-servicemen of Army over a modest increase in their disability pension.

Coming to the rescue of around 15,000 soldiers, the court rejected an appeal by the government against an order of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), which had extended the benefits of an extra amount in their pensions on account of disability due to service conditions.

On Wednesday, a bench led by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu expressed its disgruntlement over the government’s insistence on denying the benefit to the soldiers on the ground that it would burden the exchequer with an additional Rs. 1500 crore.

“So what? The government can have at least this much of budget for its soldiers who are dying for the people of this country everyday. What is the point of having these memorials and placards saluting our defence personnel if you litigate agianst the disabled soldiers till the Supreme Court. You should pay them,” said the bench, also comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and A K Sikri.

With the writing on the wall, the government’s law officer chose not to argue the appeal further and said they would comply with the order. The bench disposed of around 880 appeals against the AFT order on this issue.

Among those who will be benfitted by this order is also Army’s former Vice-Chief Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi, who lost his leg in a gun battle in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war. Oberoi soldiered on without any financial benefit whilst in service but was categorised as 70 per cent disabled when he retired as the army’s vice chief in 2001.

When the 5th Pay Commission enhanced this to 75 per cent, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) refused to pay. On Oberoi’s petition, the Chandigarh bench of the AFT, in 2010 allowed “broad-banding” benefits to all disabled personnel irrespective of when they left service.
Under the “broad-banding” policy, three bands were to judge disability across the board. Up to 50 per cent disability, a person was to be given the benefits of a 50 percent disability holder; a person with 51-75 per cent disability was to be given 75 per cent disability benefits; while a person with 76-100 per cent disability was to be given 100 per cent disability benefits. The policy was introduced to avoid subjectivity and variance in calculating disability percentage.
This broad-banding was accepted and implemented by the MoD but the benefits were granted to only those who were removed from service by the government on medical grounds, and not to those who retired after their full service. The AFT removed this anomaly and held that all the soldiers shall get the benefit under the policy.

The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW), which comes under the MoD and looks into the grievances and other pension matters of retired defence personnel, filed an appeal against the AFT judgement in February 2012 despite an adverse opinion by the Army Headquarters.

What kind of a shameless Government fights against the ex-servicemen of Army over a modest increase in their disability pension? Well, BJP government went to the SC for this! Thankfully the court denied their appeal and gave them a befitting reply, providing relief to about 15,000 soldiers.

The centre said that they didn't want to burden the exchequer, to the reply of which the Supreme Court said, "So what? The government can have at least this much of budget for its soldiers who are dying for the people of this country everyday. What is the point of having these memorials and placards saluting our defence personnel if you litigate against the disabled soldiers till the Supreme Court. You should pay them...They are in the line of fire. They sacrifice their life for you and for us. This is the least you could do for them...".
We thank the SC for saving this nation from this shame.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Delhi assembly elections: All hands on deck to ensure BJP win

As the BJP banks on Brand Modi to sweep the Delhi Assembly elections, as many as 300 BJP MPs will be in the city over the next two months to oversee poll preparations and ensure the party maintains its winning streak in the Capital.
The national leadership has decided to focus all its energy on the upcoming assembly polls to ensure the party wins by a clear majority.
Sources said a high-level meeting was held early morning on Friday at the Delhi BJP's Pandit Pant Marg office.
A senior BJP leader said each MP had been entrusted with the job of conducting at least three public meetings in the coming few months.
Sources said the BJP's national president Amit Shah was also likely to meet the new BJP team on November 18. This will be the first meeting of the new team ahead of the elections.
"All the MPs will be here for the next two months or so and will conduct several public meetings. The idea is to ensure that each MP reaches out to a maximum number of people from their regions and people from different communities. Their complete role in the Delhi elections will be decided by Amit Shahji, who has called a meeting of all the state functionaries on November 18," said a senior BJP leader.
To counter the reach of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as well as micro-managing the party's election campaign, the BJP state unit has been asked to conduct at least 2,700 meetings in the coming two months. "The meetings could be with only 100 people in an area where we have a weaker presence or the seats which have traditionally not been out strongholds," said a senior leader.
The idea is to motivate the cadre. When they see senior leaders so involved in campaigning, it will motivate them further, said another senior leader.
A number of Delhi MPs have already started preparing for the assembly elections. For instance, Ramesh Bidhuri MP from South constituency adopted Bhatti village under the 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana'.
The party has started preparing a list of its star campaigners who will campaign extensively. Not only this, to ensure there is no goof-up during press conferences or debates on television, a list is being prepared of those ministers who will be allowed to go on media programmes. The party had recently launched a massive membership drive with a special focus on the youth and the first-time voters. Delhi BJP had recently claimed that it has added over 3 lakh new members to its fold.
HT had reported the party is busy bringing together a manifesto committee, and will focus its campaign on having the same party rule in Delhi as the Centre to expedite development in the state.

No matter what the BJP does.
As long as they do not play dirty through criminals and tampering with the EVM, AAP will beat them.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

IMA Plans Unlawful Medical Conference To Glorify Dr. Ketan Desai: PBT Urges Health Minister J.P. Nadda To Boycott Conference

In yet another shocking attempt to restore public image of the disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, Indian Medical Association (IMA) will be hosting 89th All India Medical Conference in Ahmedabad on 27th December, 2014 where Dr. Desai will be delivering the inaugural speech and the new central health minister, Mr. J.P. Nadda, would appear as the “chief guest” (see IMA announcement below).  

This blatant move by IMA is not only unethical, it also violates prevailing medical laws in India.  Dr. Desai was caught red-handed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for taking huge bribe from a private medical college in 2010 when he was still working as MCI president.  

In response to PBT’s appeal, MCI also indefinitely suspended Dr. Desai’s license to practice medicine and barred him from “participating as a doctor in a medical conference anywherevide an order dated October 9, 2010.  

Bringing Dr. Desai to inaugurate the national medical conference in Ahmedabad, IMA has clearly trampled over the direction passed by MCI in 2010.  But cronies of Dr. Desai are now occupying top positions in MCI as well as IMA. Little wonder that the same MCI which barred Desai from participating in any medical conference is now paving the way to bring him back to the helm of Indian medicine while he still waits for criminal trial to start.  

The same IMA/MCI leaders also attempted to push Dr. Desai recently for the prestigious post of World Medical Association (WMA) president through fraudulent claim that all charges against Dr. Desai have been dropped and that his license to practice medicine has also been reinstated by MCI.  PBT has submitted an urgent appeal to the health minister today urging him not to attend the medical conference in Ahmedabad to send a strong signal against the growing menace of medical corruption.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AAP releases 3rd list of candidates for Delhi assembly elections!

With this, the total number of declared candidates goes to 45.
Photo: AAP releases 3rd list of candidates for Delhi assembly elections!

With this, the total number of declared candidates goes to 45.

India improves on corruption index front

Posted on 2014-12-03 from Germany

Berlin, Dec 3 (IANS) India Wednesday improved its rank in the global anti-corruption body Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2014, coming 85th out of 175 countries and territories.

The index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be, and the country or territory's score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), according to the Transparency International website.

India was given a score of 38 in the index, which has been a slight improvement over its scores of 36, both in 2013 and 2012.

Denmark topped the list as the least corrupt country scoring 92, followed by New Zealand (91) and Finland (89).

Corruption is a problem for all economies, requiring leading financial centres in the European Union (EU) and the US to act together with fast-growing economies to stop the corrupt from getting away, Transparency International said.

Among India's immediate neighbours, Bhutan was ranked the highest at 30, with a score of 65.
Sri Lanka was also ranked 85th, along with India, while Nepal and Pakistan jointly occupied the 126th position. Bangladesh, on the other hand, was placed at 145.

China was ranked 100th and its score fell to 36 in 2014 from 40 in 2013, in spite of the fact that the Chinese government launched an anti-corruption campaign targeting corrupt public officials.

The score matches a poor performance by Chinese companies in Transparency International's recent report on corporate disclosure practices, where all eight Chinese companies scored less than three out of 10.

Corruption and money laundering are problems also for the other BRIC countries. This year has seen questions raised related to a major oil company using secret companies to bribe politicians in Brazil, questions about Indians using bank accounts in Mauritius and Russians doing the same in Cyprus.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is based on expert opinion on public sector corruption.
"Grand corruption in big economies not only blocks basic human rights for the poorest, but also creates governance problems and instability. Fast-growing economies whose governments refuse to be transparent and tolerate corruption, create a culture of impunity in which corruption thrives," said Jose Ugaz, the chairperson of Transparency International.

The above is from "I Paid a Bribe"

Thanks to Anna Hazare and IAC (now dismantled), Arvind Kejriwal and AAP and the various organisations like ADR, I Paid a Bribe, People for Better Treatment and of course, the Supreme Court of India, corruption has gone down, inspite of people like Modi continuing with his shenanigans with the corrupt, the criminals and the rapists.