Sunday, January 25, 2015

Result of Call campaign - 25.01.2015

Result of today's 25.01.2015, call campaign.
I made total of 70 calls.
As usual out of these only 19 people gave a definite answers of their preference whether they would vote for AAP or not.
14 people said they would.
3 people categorially stated they would not.
2 people disconnected their phones on being told that I was an AAP volunteer.
We can assume that they would not vote for AAP.
There were 8 people who would not tell whom they would vote for.
If we assume that these WNT would be distributed equally between AAP and BJP, the position would be:
AAP - (14 + 4) = 18
BJP - (3 + 2 + 4) = 9.
Hence, the percentage of votes would be 67% for AAP and 33% for BJP.
This would convert into seats as AAP - 47 and BJP- 23, assuming the Congress and others do not get any seats.

NEW, ADR receive prestigious ‘National CSO Award – 2015’

This is one award, which I am sure, the whole nation will appreciate, except probably the political parties against whom ADR has been fighting to clean up the politics of the country.

Press Release

NEW, ADR receive prestigious ‘National CSO Award – 2015’
New Delhi, 25th January 2015: The Election Commission of India (ECI) today awarded the prestigious ‘National CSO Award – 2015’ for “Best Voter Education and Awareness for General Election to Lok Sabha 2014” to National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms.

ADR Founder Trustees Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar and Ajit Ranade, and Maj. Gen. Anil Verma (Retd.), Head, ADR, received the award from the hands of honourable former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on the occasion of ECI’s 5th National Voter’s Day celebrations held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The NEW chapters of Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have received special mention in the award for their expansive and innovative campaigns to reach out to the voters.

Shri Rajiv Kumar (Bihar Election Watch), Shri Ranjan Kumar Mohanty (Odisha Election Watch), Smt. Rolly Shivhare (Madhya Pradesh Election Watch), Shri Prashant Dubey (Madhya Pradesh Election Watch), Shri Girish Upadhyay (Madhya Pradesh Election Watch), Shri Sanjay Singh (Uttar Pradesh Election Watch), Shri Anil Sharma (Uttar Pradesh Election Watch), Shri Ajit Ranade (Maharashtra Election Watch/ADR) and Shri Sharad Kumar (Maharashtra Election Watch) received the Award on behalf of their states.

The intensive Voter Awareness campaign named “Mera Vote Mera Desh” was launched by NEW and ADR in February 2014 and continued till the polling for 2014 Lok Sabha ended. The Campaign was undertaken in almost every state of the country through the local state chapter of NEW to educate voters on the background details of candidates and build public opinion on the need for de-criminalization and reduction of money power in politics.  

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization working towards electoral and political reforms for the past 15 years. It aims at decriminalization of politics, empowerment of the electorate and bringing transparency, accountability and inner-party democracy in the functioning of political parties.
ADR engages with more than 1200 partner organizations across the country, collectively called the National Election Watch (NEW). The NEW is a national-wide campaign comprising of citizen led organization working towards strengthening democracy. It is active in almost all states of India and has conducted Election Watches for all Assembly and Parliamentary Elections from 2002 to enable citizens to make an informed choice during elections.

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Arvind Kejriwal's reply to the EC notice on asking to take money from BJP/Congress but vote for AAP

The BJP and Congress has taken offense when Arvind Kejriwal asked Delhi voters to take money from them, meaning "the BJP and Congress" but vote for AAP.
They and all other political parties have been doing just that in each every elections but they like to act holy. Something like a prostitute taking offense when called a "randi".
Both the parties had complained to the election commission who sent a notice to Arvind.
Here is the reply Arvind sent to EC. 
The original reply was in Hindi. 
I have translated it in English and may have missed some of the subtle nuances, for which I apologise.
To read the original Hindi reply you could go to


The Chief Election Commissioner,
The Election Commission of India,
Nirvachan Sadan,
Ashoka Raod, New Delhi.

I have received a notice from the Election Commission.I have been accused  of instigation people to take bribes for casting their votes. This accusation is completely false.

Our party is strictly against bribery.Our party was born out of the necessity to clean the politics of India and remove corruption.

Under the circumstances, I cannot even dream of encouraging anyone to give or take bribes.

We cannot deny the fact that there are many leaders and parties who distribute money and other goodies in lieu of votes. In spite of the efforts of the government, Election Commission and other non-goverment  organistions, this curse has become an intricate part of the politics of our country.

How can this be stopped? 
It is just to stop this menace that we have adopted this method. The true intention of what I wanted to convey in my speeches is this, "Who ever gives you money, take the money, but vote don't vote for the people who give you money. Vote according to your own will. Vote for them who do not give you money."

If you listen to my speeches attentivlely, you will realize that this is my intention. If I said, vote for those who give you maoney, then you could have accused me of inciting people to take money in lieu of votes, but I have said just the opposite. I am saying, don't vote for those who give you money. This way, I am just trying to stop bribery, I am just helping you.

In the last elections to the Delhi Bidhan  Sabha, I had said the same thing. At that time, no one had any objecions. During the course of the Lok Sabha elections, in every speech I made, I had said the same thing and no one had said anything. But now, both the BJP and Congress have filed complaints against me.
Now, why are they having problems?

It is because within one year, the Delhi voters have become wise.
They have decided that they will take money from them but will not vote for them. That is why these parties are worried that their money will go waste.Now these parties have realized that they will not be able to buy votes with money. These parties have realized that bribery will not work in this election. That is why both are worried and frustrated and have filed a complaint against me.

By making this appeal, I have played an important part to stop a dirty tradition in the politics of our country. The media with the connivance of these corrupt parties are distorting the facts and broadcasting to the public.In each speech, I ask the people, "Do the Congress-BJP people come during elections to offer you money?" The people shout in one voice, "Yes, they come." This means that this tradition of giving money in lieu of votes is going on a large scale.

Last year, this appeal had a large hand in breaking this tradition. That is why, these parties are now worried and have complained to you against me.

You will remember that when I became the Chief Minister, I had made a similar appeal to the people to stop bribery. Some people had thought my appeal was very irregular. Some people thought I was encouraging bribery.But you saw that my appeal brought so much fear into the minds of the corrupt employees that during the 49 days, bribery had almost stopped. At that time I had asked the people's help in stopping bribery and now too I am asking the people's help.

Today, I am asking the Delhi voters to take money from all but vote only for those who do not give you money. Some people find my appeal unconventional but this appeal has played an important part in cleaning our politics. The signs are obvious when you see through the frustration of these two parties.

I and my legal team have gone through the legal definition of "bribery".Legally, I cannot be held to have made any appeal to the people to accept bribes.My legal reply to your notice is attached herewith "Annexure A" of this letter.

I have great respect for the Election Commission.I respect our Constitution and law of our country.I will never break any law under any circumstance.If in spite of by above explanations you feel that my appeal was wrong, I will stop making the appeal as long as the MCC is applicable.

However, in case you are not satisfied with my explanations,  I would request a personal hearing so that I can explain my point of view.

The difference between the BJP & AAP - Contd.

Wednesday, Jan 21

Following an inquiry by the party's internal Lokpal, the Aam Aadmi Party has decided to replace its candidates from the following two constituencies: 

1. Mehrauli : Shri Govardhan Singh has been replaced by Shri Naresh Yadav

2. Mundka: Shri Rajinder Dabas has been replaced by Shri Sukhbir Dalal

Related Sections: 

Would any other party dare to take such a decision just one day before the date of final nominations?



In respect of the matter referred to above the following is submitted for the Commission’s kind perusal:

1. It is respectfully submitted that the allegations levelled against me in the complaint are malafide and motivated. It is apparently a counter blast by the Complainant and/or his Party to distract the people by diverting attention.

2. I deny the allegations of the Complainant in toto. The information disseminated during the press conference was based on cogent and reliable material available in public domain and ground perception among the local public at large.

3. I draw the attention of this Commission to the following documents:

a. Copy of the press release dated 14.01.2015;

b. Download from the website showing list of the companies in which Mr. Satish Upadhay is a director;

c. Download from / showing the Complainant’s company in the list of approved electricity services vendor at serial no. 97 having vendor code 232306;
d. Download from containing proclamation of the Complainant’s company about being the blue eyed chip of BSES which is a prominent electricity services company in Delhi at loggerheads with public over fast electricity metres;

e. Download from election watch showing acknowledgement by the Complainant that he owns substantial interest in the company named therein;

f. Copy of letter no. 610 dated 09.10.2014 with copy of letter dated 25.09.2014 regarding the two TIN nos. of the same company in question;

g. Copy of form no. 26AS of the company in question; (dim on print)

h. Copy of allottees of shares in New Delhi Communication Network ltd.

 Perusal of above shows up the falsehood and malafide of the allegations levelled by Sh. Satish Upadhay against me. These are self-explanatory.

The press conference only raised these questions to bring the actual situation to the knowledge of the general public. The conflict of interest of the Complainant is patently obvious. The brouhaha by the Complainant is a vain attempt to save face.

I submit that the Model Code of Conduct is brought into force to ensure that the public is not misled. This includes the responsibility of every political party or its worker to disclose upfront all information in respect of issue where the same is in conflict with electorate’s collective interest. Unfortunately, this was not done by the Complainant both personally or in his capacity as the Pradesh President of his Party.

Electricity is one such domain.

The Complainant ought to have disclosed the position on his own. In fact the Complainant has failed the people of Delhi. Even his own party has not fielded him at this election. Unfortunately, till date the moot question asked from them awaits their answer i.e. The Complainant and his Party make it clear as to what will be their stand in  respect of the matters when our government after the instant election would be expected to critically examine and audit the functioning of DISCOMS to insulate public interest from poaching by vested interest?

It is intriguing that Sh. Ashish Sood has not signed the complaint and nor Sh. Satish Upadhay has provided any authority from Ashish Sood authorizing Sh. Satish Upadhay to make any allegation on his behalf.

The allegation tacitly suggesting as if I have invented the information contained in these public documents and documents in public domain is untrue to the knowledge of the Complainant. I deny each and every innuendo, allegation, imputation and attribution to me therein.

It is the duty of every citizen to place in public domain any information showing such conflict. The Model Code of Conduct does not work against such information. Disclosure of such information as can show up such conflict of interest with public interest only goes to promote the Model Code regardless of anybody’s discomfort with the same.

In my view People and Public good alone matters. Any conflict of interest with Public good cannot be 5 kept out of public eye especially when Public is in process of electing its representatives.

In fact the complaint seeks to make light of this cardinal principle as well as the Model Code which cannot be allowed. The crocodile tears of the complainant are self serving.

 Further the information provided by the NCNL Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. to the belies the assertions made by Shri Satish Upadhyay in his complaint including his claim that his company does not do business with BSES anymore. The complaint is liable to be dismissed as the Complainant has not come to this Commission with clean hands. It is pertinent to mention that I have not learnt that the Complainant has taken any action against

The essence was that a person and a Party that encourages any person to lead the election campaign seeking votes for a right to Govern, whereby such person having vested business interests with companies having billions of rupee stake annually in enterprise falling in domain of such Governance (Delhi Government has 49% partnership with BSES 51%), ought to disclose such interests to the electorate when such public offices are sought by it. I honestly believe that the 6 Model Code of Conduct certainly does not work against such a premise.

It is now a fact that BJP now has a new campaign leader for the forthcoming elections after revelation of the above information and even the Complainant is now not given a ticket to contest the forthcoming elections. Obviously, there is no substance in the complaint. The same is liable to be dismissed.


In Para 8 of the notice the Commission has expressed that it is prima facie of the view that by making the statement as mentioned in Para 6 of the complaint I have violated sub-para (1) of Para 1 of the Model Code of Conduct and have called for my explanation.

At the outset I respectfully submit that the malafide and false content, purpose and intent of the Complaint has been shown. I urge that the primafacie view formed may be reconsidered. I hold the Model Code in highest esteem and cannot fathom to violate it. I have not violated the code at all leave alone wilfully, seriously or blatantly. The Complainant is venting his frustration. It is the Complainant who has violated the model code by  wilfully, falsely and blatantly making frivolous allegations in the garb of instant complaint with oblique motive to save face at expense of the public spirited process of this Commission. It is an abuse of the process of this Commission which ought to be viewed seriously.

I draw the kind attention of this Commission to the press reports dated 28.10.2014 and 3.11.2014 published in the Indian Express.

Perusal of the press report dated 28.10.2014 above shows that a mob left the premises of Mr. Sunil Vaid, a Party worker of the Complainant’s Party, just before the abhor able incident.

A further perusal of these press reports informing the general public about the police reports demonstrate that the remarks during the press conference were based upon information available in public domain. The comments were made in respect of past events and not to give rise to any fresh event. These were in nature of an opinion which I feel every citizen has a right to hold and express based on bonafide impressions drawn from information in circulation in public domain. The complainant has magnified the remarks. The remarks made at a press conference to media and  not to a congregation of persons from a particular community about past events and inferences drawn therefrom are liable to be understood as an expression of a view and are understood as such. These remarks contain no potency to aggravate any existing differences or strength to create any mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic. People are wiser and their sensitivity tolerance has to be viewed in light of the fact that they do not form mass view based on such expression of views on past events. Moreover it was not an address to a congregation of people rather it was a press conference as mentioned above.

It is further submitted that the there is no proof or material disclosed by the Complainant to show that any mutual hatred, discord or tension got created between different communities and people of Delhi as a consequence of the such remarks at the press conference.

Recently one MP of BJP, Ms Sadhawi Niranjan was seen calling all those who don’t vote for BJP as "HARAMJADA" in a public meeting and those who vote for BJP as "RAMJAADA". It is well known that this proclamation was fully detested and there was a political and public outcry. The attack on the church close to this statement gives rise to the possibility of linkage between the two which has not been ruled out as yet. Inference from these developments as a common man is at the root of the impression voiced by me. Further, there is no evidence anywhere to indicate any fall out thereof as alleged. The Complainant is making a mountain out of mole hill. Incidentally, the said MP still continues to hold her Ministerial office.

My innocent and honest bonafide opinion expressed about past incidents especially when cogent and reliable information in that regard was already in circulation in public domain cannot be appreciated with a narrow outlook. The Complainant who has been shown to have approached this Commission with unclean hands is magnifying the same with ulterior motive to mislead this Commission. In my humble submission the honest and well-meaning process of this commission cannot be allowed to be abused as endeavoured by the Complainant.

It is therefore respectfully requested that in view of my comments and explanation above this Commission may graciously be pleased to dismiss the complaint and withdraw the Notice under response.

 New Delhi (Arvind Kejriwal)

Dated: January 22,2015

National Convener ENCL: a/a

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Why BJP may want to lose Delhi

There are enough signs to indicate what you see in Delhi may not be true at all. There is something going on behind closed doors and is not known outside a tiny group in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Notice the developments: BJP inducts three rejects of India Against Corruption movement and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) into its fold — Kiran Bedi, Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binni. While the last two are of little consequence, Bedi is being projected as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate. In a single stroke, BJP has managed to divert the attention from party mascot Narendra Modi to Bedi as far as Delhi polls are concerned. So if BJP loses or fails to get a majority, you have a convenient scapegoat.
On the other hand, media has reported an implosion of sorts in the BJP rank and file. That BJP’s Delhi unit is not a disciplined and united force is known to all. Evidence for AAP’s expose on Satish Upadhyay’s dubious businesses came from a BJP leader. How? Moreover, while AAP and Congress have declared their candidates for the February 7 polls, BJP is yet to decide on the names. Even the sitting MLAs are unsure of tickets. Why this delay? Why? This week, BJP president Amit Shah’s rally was cancelled because the party could not obtain police clearance on time!
BJP is a very well-organised outfit with sympathisers in every layer of government, judiciary, media, commerce and industry. It is unlikely all this is happening due to poor management. Then is all this ‘bad management’ part of a deliberate plan to lose Delhi? Or to let Arvind Kejriwal win? But what will BJP gain from losing Delhi? A lot actually. If Kejriwal wins Delhi, it will be projected as a victory of a mass movement, media will eulogise Kejriwal, hail him as a hero and will dissect AAP’s campaign for days. Prime time on television will be reserved for one man only — Kejriwal. More importantly, Kejriwal’s victory will divert attention of the people who are getting restless from Modi’s inability to deliver on his election promises.
Once a government led by Kejriwal is sworn in, the focus of national media and by extension national discourse will shift to his government and ministers. Kejriwal will have no honeymoon period, both media and voters will demand immediate results, at least on corruption, power tariffs, VAT (value added tax), health hotline and WiFi. A hostile government at the Centre will not help him either. This spotlight on Kejriwal will come as a huge relief for Modi. It will shift the focus from his government at the Centre. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is planning a radical budget and several unpleasant decisions are expected this March. The media spotlight on Kejriwal government will allow Jaitley to quietly to push through unpopular reforms — disinvestment of PSUs (public sector undertakings), budget cuts in health, education — in his attempt to cut budget deficit.
Secondly, away from media spotlight, the right-wing Sangh Parivar machinery can then unleash its foot soldiers to polarise voters with low-intensity disturbances ahead of the two big battles — Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar. These two states are absolutely essential for BJP’s growth. Victory in Bihar and UP will complete the Parivar’s dominance in the cow belt. Moreover, UP and Bihar will shore up BJP’s strength in Rajya Sabha, an absolute necessity for pushing far more radical and unpopular reforms. Last but not the least, these two states will make Modi, Shah and Jaitley the most powerful political coterie in the history of democratic India.
BJP’s top brass is aware that even if the party wins Delhi, the state will remain a headache — partly due to intra-party bickerings and partly because of impatient voters who expect immediate results and good governance, something the BJP is unsure of delivering. BJP has controlled the city-state’s civic bodies for years but has failed miserably. Losing Delhi won’t be such a bad idea!
Bobby Naqvi is the Editor of XPRESS, a sister paper of Gulf News.


District Consumer Court in Bankura (230 km from Kolkata) has held a surgeon (Dr. Mrintyunjoy Pal) and Panacea Hospital guilty for deficiency of service and awarded Rs. 2.1 lakh compensation today to a primary school teacher (Mr. Tapan Sarkar).  What is unique in this case is that PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, who is a medical doctor and not a licensed advocate, personally appeared and argued for Mr. Sarkar during his trip to India last month.  The consumer court has directed the guilty hospital/doctor to pay the compensation within two months failing which 9% interest would be added.  Mr. Sarkar was suffering from pain in the rectum and anal area for which Dr. Pal advised quick surgery.  But instead of curing the condition, patient’s problems were aggravated for which he had to rush to a hospital in Chennai for a second surgery.  The court has found the surgeon and hospital guilty on several counts including failure to record vital signs, using invalid informed consent and not issuing proper discharge certificate.  Dr. Saha strongly argued on the deficiency of services by the accused doctor and hospital.  Dr. Saha also personally argued (for wrongful death of his wife, Anuradha) before the Supreme Court of India in 2009 and again in 2013 when he was awarded highest-ever compensation in Indian medico-legal history.  There is no doubt that today’s verdict by the Consumer Court in Bankura will bring a ray of hope for all victims of medical negligence.  PBT will continue to help the numerous victims of alleged “medical negligence” from all parts of India who have come to PBT in their quest for justice.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Why do Muslims feel they are persecuted?

General Information
The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
The Underwear Bomber was a Muslim
The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims 
The London Subway Bombers were Muslims 
The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims 
The Boston Marathon Bombers wereMuslims 
The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims 
The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims 
The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims 
The Beirut U.S. Embassy Bombers were Muslims 
The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims 
The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims 
The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims 
The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims 
The Beirut Marine Barracks Bombers were Muslims 
The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims 
The First World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims 
The Bombay, Mumbai, India Attackers were Muslims 
The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
The Nairobi, Kenya Shopping Mall Killers were Muslims
The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims 
The Sydney, Australia Lindt Cafe Kidnapper was a Muslim 
The Peshawar, Pakistani School Children Killers were Muslims
 The Charlie Hebdo & Jewish Supermarket in Paris, France Killers were Muslims                                          
Think of it: 
Hindus living with Jews = No Problem 
Baha'is living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Atheists = No Problem 
Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem 
Hindus living with Baha'is = No Problem 
Christians living with Jews = No Problem 
Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem 
Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
Baha'is living with Christians = No Problem 
Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem  
Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem 
Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem 
Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem
Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem 
Muslims living with Jews = Problem 
Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
Muslims living with Baha'is = Problem 
Muslims living with Shintos = Problem 
Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
Muslims living with Christians = Problem 
**********SO THIS LEAD TO ***************** 
They’re not happy in Gaza 
They're not happy in Egypt 
They're not happy in Libya 
They're not happy in Iran 
They're not happy in Iraq 
They're not happy in Yemen 
They're not happy in Pakistan 
They're not happy in Syria 
They're not happy in Lebanon 
They're not happy in Nigeria 
They're not happy in Kenya 
They're not happy in Sudan
They're not happy in Morocco 
They're not happy in Afghanistan 
******** So, where are they happy? ********** 
They're happy in Australia 
They're happy in Belgium 
They're happy in France 
They're happy in Holland 
They're happy in Italy 
They're happy in Germany 
They're happy in Spain 
They're happy in Sweden 
They're happy in Denmark 
They're happy in the USA & Canada 
They're happy in Norway & India 
They're very happy in England (UK) (Loads of Welfare Benefits)
They're happy in almost every country that is not Islamic! 
And who do they blame? Not Islam... Not their leadership... Not themselves... 
And they want to change the countries they're happy in, to be like the countries they came from where they were unhappy and finally they will be get hammered !!!! 

Sent by Prakash Bhartia