Take a pledge NOT to Donate to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) unless it makes donor list Public
Dear Mr. Arvind Kejriwal:
I am pained to see that the list of donations from Aam Aadmi Party’s website had been removed almost 6 months back.
Despite the presence of more than 1800 political parties in India, you and many others took a stand that the country needed a NEW political party to change the political culture in India. To bring ‘Vyastha parivartan’, AAP was launched with a self - proclaimed principle of Clean Money.
Public funded Party: This is AAP's core principle. To create a corruption-free India, AAP stated that it would start with an absolute financial transparency. AAP pledged to itself and the public that it would be a purely public funded party and it would provide details of each penny donated to the public.
Removing the details of donations to the party is a serious violation of your own principle and the core value. It is a serious breach of trust between the party and its stakeholders (the donors, volunteers, patrons, and supporters).
If we deviate from showing details of political donations to our party, then what is left behind? AAP was created to do honest politics. Naturally, that starts with honest political funding and transparent accounting.
Arvind, lakhs of people have supported AAP because you set a high ideal for the party: Corruption-free India is not our mere demand; it is our insistence (भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त भारत हमारी मांग नहीं, हमारी जिद्द है).
How can AAP swear for removing corruption in India, when it cannot even show financial transparency to its own donors? A corruption –free AAP is the pre requisite before it promises a Corruption-free India to its fellow citizens!
Please Do not give Excuses for hiding Donors' List:
In your interview to Ankit Tyagi of Aaj Tak on November 07, 2016, when asked why AAP has removed the list of donations from its website, you replied that Central Government has started raiding our donors, thus we cannot show our donations.
People have donated and nurtured the party like patriots (desh bhakts) because it gave them to understand that AAP is not a mere political party, it is a 2nd war for independence (Aazadi ki doosri ladai). Its donors have donated like kranti-kaaris. People supported and donated to the party because they could feel a revolutionary zeal by slogans given by you like “Niklo bahr makanoon se, Jung lado baimaano se”.
How can AAP NOW betray them by hiding their financial contributions?
The way the Aam Aadmi Party has masked the donations from the public, the way you have decided to give excuses for not providing details of donations, we feel pained and betrayed. We request truthfulness to be restored without any further delay.
Our specific requests are the following and we urge you to restore them ASAP:
1. The AAP website must put back details of all the donations (starting with Rupee 1 and above) at our website since inception of the party. This should be done ASAP and the donation list should be up-to-date.
2. To respect the principle of transparency and accountability, donations on AAP website must be searchable by name (example: If I search for Anil Kumar, all donations by all donors by this name must appear). The earlier practice of finding donation by receipt number makes the things cumbersome for the donors and public.
3. Annual Balance Sheets of AAP’s income and expenses are missing from its website after March 31, 2014. They must be put in public domain ASAP.
4. The real details of 2 Crores (4 checks of Rs. 50 Lakh each) donated to be the party in April of 2014 (deposited in the AAP account in July 2014) are still missing. You had stated in an interview on February 2, 2015 with Barkha Dutt of NDTV that you would be the first person to order an inquiry into these dubious donations if we come to power. You are in power now and the public deserves the real answers.
In order to press for financial transparency in AAP, I have made up my mind to be a part of this Satyagraha!
Our Satyagraha is very simple and straightforward:
I pledge NOT to donate to Aam Aadmi Party until it puts back all its donations on the party's official website.
"No List: No Donation" is my Satyagraha (insistence for truth).
i.e., If AAP does Not show its Donations, I take a Pledge NOT to Donate it anymore.
We also call it: चन्दा बंद सत्याग्रह
I hope my Satyagraha will help you see the high ideals for which the party was launched.