Friday, March 6, 2015

An Interview with Prahant Bhushan

Is AAP in crisis?
You know about the decision of the National Executive yesterday to remove me and Yogendra Yadav from the PAC on the ground that we have expressed no confidence in the convenor [Arvind Kejriwal], the PAC as well as the Delhi Election Committee. It is a matter of record.
We have raised some structural issues regarding reforms that are required in the party which include issues of transparency, accountability in a party democracy and swaraj—all founding principles of the party. Rather than address these issues, unfortunately the discussion has veered around to whether the two of us should remain in the PAC. 

Is this to say that Arvind Kejriwal has moved away from these principles?
I don’t want to get into that. I think the issues that we have raised have now come in the public domain, which are a matter of record.

Many people may think that with the party having done so well in Delhi elections any deviation from core principles should be forgiven?
 We are just raising the voice of a large number of volunteers, supporters and well wishers that the party needs to remain firm on its founding ideals and principles and we have pointed out what are the kind of reforms that are required to try andd ensure that.

What are the reforms required?
Firstly, that the meetings of the PAC and the NE should be regularly held. That decisions and minuets of the meetings should be duly recorded. That there must be some method for taking on board the views of volunteers. That the state units should be free to decide whether they should contest elections of the local bodies etc. while Parliament and Assembly elections can be decided by the national unit. That the Lok Pal and the Disciplinary panels should be properly functional, their decisions duly recorded and executed. That the PAC and the NE be made more representative. 

We know you had some reservation about the selection of candidates in Delhi election. Is that the reason you were not seen campaigning for the party?
I was busy in the Courts. But it is true I did not want to campaign for many of the candidates that were selected about whom I had reservations.

Were your reservations not taken on board?
They were addressed by the internal AAP Lok Pal to the best of his ability in a limited time. 

During the campaign your father and patron of the party Shanti Bhushanji praised BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi which many felt was damaging to the party?
You see, those were his personal views and I disagreed with them. I believe he should not have said that especially just prior to elections. But he has his own views. I cannot control his views.
 
What do you attribute the party’s stunning victory to?
 There were many reasons for the party’s landslide victory. One of them was that there was considerable disenchantment that had grown up against the BJP and the performance of their central government. Second was that there was resentment in the BJP cadre about the take over of that party by outsiders like Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. There was also resentment against Kiran Bedi. But more than that there was a lot of hope and expectation from the AAP.
You have never wanted to contest elections?
 
No. My first calling is public interest cases in the Supreme Court. I never contested nor recommended any candidate. I was never involved in candidate selection this time except when matters came to the PAC. 

It looks like there is a conflict of two streams of thought in the party. Mr. Kejriwal would like to first develop Delhi as an exemplary model of governance while Yogendra Yadav would like to take off and expand base all over the country to present an alternative politics? What is your view?
The party was formed to change the nature of politics in this country and to bring about important national reforms such as the National Lokpal Bill, Swaraj Bill. Lakhs of people came together from every part of the country and the world to found this party. Therefore it cannot be seen as a Delhi-centric party. It is absolutely important that the party spreads all over the country and is active all over. Of course whether to contest elections, when to contest elections are matters to be decided on various factors including preparedness of the party to contest. 

There is speculation about whether you will go in for contesting polls in Bihar and later Punjab where the party great potential?
Certainly we should contest Assembly elections in Punjab. 

Is there a difference with Arvind Kejriwal on contesting in Punjab?
No I think he doesn’t disagree with contesting elections in Punjab. 

Is the party ready to spread its wings with him as the Convenor?
Arvind [Kejriwal] is the main leader of the party and therefore the national executive had unanimously decided that he should continue as the Convenor even after becoming Chief Minister of Delhi. However, it is important to allow other people to take charge of affairs of the party in other parts of the country for day to day affairs. Mission Vistaar team needs to be fully empowered to take decisions regarding state units. 

Do you feel the NE decision somewhat hurt the party’s image?
Yes I think so because most of the volunteers and supporters wanted to see the party remain united and the decision to remove us from the PAC is being seen as a break of unity in party. Therefore lot of supporters and workers are unhappy with this decision. 

How do you see your future in AAP?
My role in the party has been primarily that of somebody who tries to ensure that the party does not stray away much from its founding principles and ideals and also as a legal adviser etc. to the party and for raising important policy issues in the country through the party. I will try to continue to play that role to the extent I can. 

How do you see the future of AAP?
The future of AAP is bright since it has come to represent the hopes and aspirations of almost all idealistic people in the country who want to see a different kind of politics and political culture in this country. The lakhs of people on whose idealism and the blood and sweat this party was formed will not allow that dream to die. 

Most were thinking this party will give alternative politics to the country, but with what is happening, it is in danger of becoming a run-of-the-mill party?
In any new party, these kinds of problems can happen but in our kind of party we have to quickly set them right. Any thing that has gone wrong or any sort of derailment needs to be quickly addressed so that the party is brought back on its rails and that is what I have been trying to do. 

Is there substance in the charge that Arvind Kejriwal is surrounded by a coterie? I have repeatedly told Arvind that though he has many admirable qualities and his political judgments are usually correct, yet on occasions they can be wrong and that it is necessary to broad base the decision making structure within the party and have more people in them who have independent views and can stand up and differ with him.

'Aam aadmi' Kejriwal enjoying VVIP status, alleges BJP

New Delhi, Mar. 6 (ANI): Asserting that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) does not practice what it preaches, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal makes a lot of claims about simplicity but he is enjoying the VVIP status.
"The incident reported from Bangalore clearly shows that the AAP does not practice what it preaches , contrary to their claims in manifestos and otherwise. This is a huge disappointment to the people of Delhi. Arvind Kejriwal makes a lot of claims about his own simplicity, but he is truly revelling and enjoying his VVIP status," said BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao.
The BJP leader said Kejriwal, unfortunately, has never practiced what he professed.
"The huge mandate given to the Aam Aadmi Party was based on the promises, was based on the performance of 49 days in power. This is what they claimed in their election manifesto, they said in 49 days we ended the VIP culture, a relic of the British Raj, they also said that what they say is what they do," he added.
Kejriwal stoked yet another controversy yesterday after his car passed through two toll gates in Karnataka without paying for passage.
The AAP chief is currently undergoing treatment at a naturopathy institute in Bangalore for his chronic cough and diabetes. (ANI)

It shows a bankruptcy of  idea in the BJP when they attack a sick man who has been sent for treatment under the instruction of their own prime minister. Protocol demands that when a CM visits another state, that state gives him all the facilities used by that state. By criticising, Kejriwal, it demonstrates the smallness and meanness of the BJP

Thursday, March 5, 2015

JBT scam: Delhi High Court upholds conviction of O P Chautala, son and 53 others

The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of former Haryana chief minister O P Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and 53 others in the 1999 JBT teacher recruitment scam.
The court of Justice Siddharth Mridul has upheld the 10-year jail sentence given by the trial court in 2013 to O P Chautala, Ajay Chautala, as well as political adviser to the then Haryana CM Sher Singh Badshami, Chautala’s former officer on special duty Vidya Dhar and the then director of primary education in the Haryana government Sanjiv Kumar.
The court has, however, granted relief to the five senior Education department officials who had also been given 10-year imprisonment by the CBI court in 2013, and has reduced their sentence to two years imprisonment.
The remaining accused in the case are principals of government schools and junior education officials involved in the scam, whose sentences have been reduced from four years to two years imprisonment.
The detailed judgment, which numbers over 300 pages, will be released by the court by afternoon. As many as 62 persons had been chargesheeted by the CBI for the scam involving recruitment of Junior Basic trained teachers in primary schools in Haryana in 1999. As many as 55 accused were finally convicted by a special CBI court in Delhi, as some had passed away during the trial.

Monday, March 2, 2015

All stories about AAP crisis imaginary: Yogendra Yadav

2nd March 2015
 
Amid the ongoing rumbling within the AAP, senior party leader Yogendra Yadav on Monday said all the stories on the crisis in the party are “imaginary” and it was time to work after the big victory in the polls and not indulge in “small acts." He said the people of Delhi have given the party a massive mandate and one should not indulge in these small acts. 

"For the past few days, I have been hearing things about me and Prashant ji (Bhushan). New stories are being planted and allegations are being leveled against (us) and conspiracies are being hatched. I am saddened, but also find it funny. I find it funny because these are baseless. Those scripting stories have a lot of time but I feel sad with the intention. The government of Delhi has given us our biggest victory. The time is to work after the big victory. The country has a lot of expectations from us. I can expect that from our small acts, we should not let this ray of hope become small,” Mr. Yadav said in a Facebook post.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

India Today publishes fake story

On 23rd March leading media House named India Today published a story that Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal seeking for a big bungalow in Luyten’s Zone published. This story is completely false and has been drafted by media persons to create hoax in the market. India Today group is already famous for publishing fake news which are against Social worker, Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Along with the stupid articles, India Today group has also published various stupid surveys which directly harms the dignity of AAP. The question of hour is on whose instructions media houses are doing these tasks. You can find out a really stupid survey’s video which was created to harm the image of Arvind Kejriwal.
Aam Aadmi Party already declared in various public gatherings that they are against the VIP Culture and even if after knowing that these news channels create fake stories. Mostly the whole article is filled with the words like ‘ Sources said’ We wonder that what are their sources and if they have so much stupid sources, they are in need of proper investigation.
When we tried to investigate the matter and find out the reality of Top Class Bungalow of Arvind Kejriwal we got these comments from the official team
I remember an interview where Arvind Kejriwal admitted before elections that he will take government accommodation. 
The interview asked him them, will you take 4 room house or 5 room or 6 room?
Kejriwal replied, I will take accommodation as big as needed to do my work as CM. 

Media is unnecessarily 
criticising AAP for this…. It was much expected from the media.
-Hemant Mendiratta (Social Activist and AAP Member)
The second reply is obviously from the very trusted volunteers of Aam Aadmi Party
Bhai Arvind Sir or Manish Sisodia are Not even Searching for Bungalows. These all Stories are Planted by Media Sources. U can Criticise All U Want bt 1st Let Arvind Actually Shift to Any bunglow bhai.
Appu Pandey (Volunteer at AAP)
Third reply which was come is from the national member of AAP Pratyush Mayank and he simply claims that these stories are drafted as a part of allegations 
ha ah hah aha…… I would suggest lets focus on AAP work rather than Bangla and gaadi
Pratyush Mayank (AAP Social Media Coordinator)
AAP also denies such charges and want media to behave ethically from now. 

Formation of Delhi Dialogue Commission

The Delhi cabinet in its meeting chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday approved the setting up of the Delhi Dialogue Commission to implement the Aam Aadmi Party government’s vision for governance of the national capital.
The Delhi Dialogue Commission will be a nine-member body with the chief minister as its chairperson.
It will have a vice Chairperson also. Its members will be - deputy chief minister, Chief Secretary of Delhi, principal secretary finance, secretary to the Chief Minister and a member secretary to be appointed by the Chairperson.
The chairperson will also nominate two other members to this commission.
The cabinet approved the appointment of Mr Ashish Khetan as the vice-chairperson of the commission.
The Delhi Dialogue Commission aims to provide a unique model of collaborative and inclusive development.
As observed in Delhi in the past two decades, the vested interests of successive governments and their remoteness from their constituents ensured that the most fundamental needs of the people of Delhi have remained unaddressed – from issues such as clean drinking water, electricity and affordable housing to sanitation and employment, among others.
An honest, accountable and responsive government seeks out people’s participation, tapping into their immense potential to contribute to issues of governance.
Through the Delhi Dialogue Commission, the Aam Aadmi Party government will not only remove the distance between the government and the people but will also tap into people’s everyday experiences and their professional knowledge to draw up policy-level interventions in order to deliver on the 70 point manifesto.
The Delhi Dialogue Commission will constitute task groups/ committees on various subjects comprising experts, which will provide advice on the ways in which the vision of the Delhi Dialogue Commission can be actualised. Some of the initial task forces will be as follows:
· Task Group on rejuvenating and reviving the Yamuna and waterbodies in Delhi (including ponds, lakes, baolis, tanks and rivers) Task Group on air pollution
· Task Group on women’s safety and empowerment
· Task Group on e-governance, CCTV &Wifi.
· Task Group on comprehensive waste management and sanitation
· Task Group on affordable and clean energy
· Task Group on promoting entrepreneurship and creating employment
· Task Group on improving the standards of education ranging from primary to higher education
As a national capital, Delhi is the prism through which India is perceived by the world. Hence, an efficient administration, holistic development and a tangible sense of safety and security are absolutely necessary for Delhi to take its place among the world’s finest capitals.
The only way to transform a city is to be in a constant dialogue with the city and the people who mould it.
Now the time has come to create a mechanism through which that action plan can be implemented. It is with this intention that the government has decided to establish the Delhi Dialogue Commission to come up with appropriate solutions to a range of civic issues by studying good practices, policies and plans from across the country and the world and conveying them in the form of concrete recommendations to the Government of NCT of Delhi.
The commission can be contacted on the e-mail address : ddc.delhi@gov.in

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