New Delhi, Dec 25: The fact that relations between one-time close allies of the anti-corruption movement that saw the ascendance of Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadami Party (AAP) to power with never seen before majority appear to have strained.
This is evident from the latest letter darted towards Arvind Kejriwal from Anna Hazare, his mentor, in which the old man has accused his one-time trusted lieutenant of going back on the promise he had made to the people.
In a letter sent to Kejriwal on Friday, Anna Hazare alleged that Kejriwal did not fulfil his promise of bringing change.
Surprisingly, Kejriwal, who is habituated to blame everything that came in his way on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has held the Congress Party responsible for this ‘misinformation’ that forced Anna Hazare to indulge in this letter writing business.
Anna Hazare had criticised Kejriwal, who is also Chief Minister of Delhi, of allegedly deleting the names of the donors from the website of Aam Aadami Party (AAP). This act has brought the AAP at par with other parties, Hazare indirectly meant when he questioned the motive behind dropping of the donors’ names.
Anna Hazare claimed that a number of activists had approached him and brought the issue to his notice prompting him to write to Kejriwal.
“You had promised that AAP will show the details of all donations received by it on the party website. In the letter (that I received), the activists have written that the list of donors has been removed from the AAP website since June 2016,” Hazare wrote in his letter to Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the national convener of the AAP.
Anna Hazare also accused the Delhi Shied Minister of according more prominence to power and money over bring about the desired change.
“You promised me as well as the society that you will bring change. I feel sad that you didn;t fulfil you promise,” Anna Hazare wrote.
In response to the old man’s allegations, AAP National Treasurer Raghav Chaddha said that Hazare was ‘misled’ by the Congress leaders. He also accused the BJP of misusing the state agencies against the AAP donors.
“Congress leaders are misleading Anna while BJP uses state agencies to harass our donors,” Chadha reacted, challenging the BJP and Congress to come clean on party funding.
He further said that 92 per cent of AAP’s funding is transparent and comes through net banking, credit and debit cards and cheques.
(With inputs from Agencies)