New Delhi, December 26: One time comrades Yogendra Yadav and Arvind Kejriwal are in a combat mode after the demonetization drive. The expelled AAP leader Yogendra Yadav who with another controversial figure Adv Prashant Bhushan floated a new political outfit has challenged the 'mother' organisation. Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav has challenged AAP Chief Kejriwal for a public debate on the issue of the dubious and questionable political funding of the AAP.
The Swaraj India spokesperson Anupam alleges that AAP collected crore of rupees in cash in Punjab. He questions about the situation of all that cash collected since the AAP does not have a bank account in Punjab.
The friend-turned-foe Yogendra Yadav has raised 5 'tough' questions for the AAP commander. Here are the questions:
1. Why has this party, ostensibly committed to financial transparency, taken off the list of its past and current donors from its website since June this year? Why has this not been restored despite repeated appeals and public outcry?
2. Why did the party present two different lists of contributions, one to the tax authorities and Election Commission and another to the public on its website? Why do the two lists not match? What did the party wish to conceal?
3. What has the party done about the four contributions of Rs 50 lakh each received in April 2014, now that it is proven that those contributions came from shell companies with benami directors?
4. Where did the party deposit the hundreds of crores of rupees collected in cash from aspiring candidates in Punjab, since it maintains no bank account in Punjab?
5. What is the party’s financial relationship to Shri B. D. Aggrawal of Sriganganar, Rajasthan? Why did the party leadership have a clandestine meeting with Mr Aggrawal immediately after demonetization?
The questions which Swaraj India have raised followed Anna Hazare rebuked Kejriwal and his party on its political funding. Kejriwal has been accused by his former associates of not adopting absolute transparency regarding the funds received by AAP.
Earlier, the anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare severely criticised Kejriwal for "not fulfilling the promise" of putting his party's donors list in public domain. In a letter to Kejriwal, dated December 23, Anna Hazare, the one-time 'father-figure' for the AAP, took a dig at the Delhi Chief Minister and said if the change has to be brought into the system, then the leadership should "walk the talk".
"For the betterment of the country and the society, I kept aside several important works related to people in Maharashtra and gave you my time without any selfish interest and dreamt big for the country. But my dream has been shattered," Hazare, who launched an anti-graft crusade, said.
He also referred to a letter written to him by Munish Raizada, a US-based medico and suspended AAP member, pointing out that donors' records have gone off the party website since June 2016. Raizada also launched 'no chanda' (no donation) satyagraha at Raj Ghat.
Failed to answer Anna's questions, the AAP's national treasurer Raghav Chadha miserably claimed that Hazare was being misled by Congress leaders on the issue while the BJP is using state agencies to threaten its donors.