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AAP will extinct by 2017, Kejrival will be physically assaulted: Predicts astrologer

AAP will extinct by 2017, Kejrival will be physically assaulted: Predicts astrologer

New Delhi: In December 2013, astrologer Sushil Chaturvedi predicted that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would either witness infighting or withdrawal of support by the Congress. Kejriwal's popularity, he said, would take a hit, and by November 2014, those who once supported him would oppose him. Looking at the current scenario, it is safe to say that Chaturvedi's predictions have come true.

Chaturvedi, who has decades' worth of experience penning astrology columns for national dailies, had more predictions in store for AAP. "The party will collapse by January 2017, and there will be a vertical split before June 15 this year. There is a possibility of another faction of the party being launched. Arvind Kejriwal will disappear by 2017, and there will be a big revolt against him on Delhi's streets for not fulfilling the promises he made. Kejriwal may even get physically assaulted. It will be like the Battle of Waterloo for him," he said.

In the past, Chaturvedi had predicted the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the feud between Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Atal Bihari Vajpayee becoming Prime Minister (PM) and Saddam Hussein's downfall. He foresaw that Sonia Gandhi would not become PM, and that Priyanka Gandhi was not destined for politics. He also made predictions about Narendra Modi and said that both Modi and Kejriwal would face tough times ahead, although Modi would come out with flying colours. "Modi will be the PM for a minimum of 10 years," he said.

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AAP in news, but for wrong reasons

AAP in news, but for wrong reasons

After creating sensation in Delhi election with tremendous victory, the onus was on Kejrival to keep the party on news with its people friendly works. But rather than the delivery of its poll promises, what has ensured that the party dominates headlines is  one-sided mutiny against two of AAP's founder leaders; and the twin blows of a former party MLA accusing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of trying to poach six Congress MLAs  and the exit of the party's  prominent Mumbai face Anjali Damania.

On Wednesday, the chorus of dissent within the party reached its crescendo when Anjali Damania, AAP’s Maharashtra convener announced on Twitter that she was leaving the party.

She had tweeted  “I quit. I have not come into AAP for this nonsense. I believed him. I backed Arvind for principles not horse-trading,” after posting a link to an India TV news report in which Kejriwal was allegedly seeking the support of Congress MLAs to form a government in Delhi. While AAP has dismissed the  the audio, saying it was an attempt to defame the party, the tape released by former MLA Rajesh Garg does allegedly show Kejriwal in conversation with him and planning the horse-trading of six Congress MLAs into AAP.

This was followed by sidelined senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan writing an open letter to party volunteers accusing Kejriwal of trying to align with the Congress for government formation.  The duo also denied any move by them to evict Kejriwal as the national convener of the party.

Damania's exit comes at a time when the signature campaign against Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav by all the AAP MLAs - reportedly a lot of them forced to sign on blank papers by party leaders — could culminate in the expulsion of the two leaders. It won’t lead to a split because the two are almost isolated and the tyranny that has taken over the party is not essentially that of Arvind Kejriwal, but that of its powerful Delhi lobby.


So what one is witnessing in the capital is more of a shakeout than a shakeup. The Delhi leaders want to consolidate and take control of the party because what they are part of now is the dirty game of politics and consolidation of power. The days of lofty ideals, however discursive there were, and suave appearances are over, now is the time to establish authority and perpetuate power.

Not that Yadav and Bhushan are outsiders to Delhi, but certainly they don’t fit the profile of most of the Delhi leaders, or their supporters. The duo are strong votaries of participative democracy, civil and human rights, and equality. Ideology precedes their civil and political activism and AAP, they perhaps thought, would be a vehicle to pursue their political purpose because Kejriwal too appeared to be on the same page. The trio — two ideologues and one disruptive activist — seemed tailor-made to create a new politics in the country.

But the politics of bourgeoisie democracy intervened and now they have to pay the essential price. For the Delhi leaders, the result in Delhi, whether it has gone to their heads or not, is the fruit of their hard work. AAP is a Delhi-grown phenomenon and they don’t want to part the glory with anybody else. The issues that the party raised, the demographics of its support and the way it was born and nurtured were unique to Delhi. They don’t see it as a pilot of alliterate politics in India. In fact none of them, not even Ashish Khaitan or Ashutosh speak on national politics these days.

The vision of Bhushan and Yadav contrasts with their possessive Delhi comrades. They always thought pan-Indian and the contest in Delhi as an experiment for scale up across India. They were the only AAP leaders who travelled across India, other than Kejriwal making public speeches, to oversee the organisational arrangements of the party during the Lok Sabha elections and strongly believed in a rapid scale up. However, their trial failed and attracted rebuke from all quarters. It failed to impress in Delhi and some even wrote the AAP off as a flash in the pan.

But, it was the indomitable local spirit that brought the party back. And this time, they want to consolidate and take control of the party. Whether Kejriwal is a wilfull participant or not, he wouldn’t have a choice. He will be their captive. They want him as the mascot and he cannot survive without him.

Politically this is fine. Its’ a working model and its sponsors seem to be happy about it. But the flip-side of this parochial possessiveness is that AAP will get limited to Delhi. The signs of such a localisation is all too visible. Local leaders such as Mayank Gandhi (Maharashtra) have spoken out against the leadership and in other states the organisational machinery that volunteers had set up for the Lok Sabha elections are in tatters. The AAP is virtually non-existent outside Delhi, except in Haryana and Punjab. With the exit of Bhushan and Yadav, the chances of AAP becoming a Delhi party are very high. Kejriwal will not have a choice. As he gets burdened by his own poll-promises, he won’t have time for anything else. And there is not a single leader in the Delhi caucus who can take the campaign to other parts of India.

This was sure to happen because from their days of civil society disobedience and resistance and a dream of clean politics, what these leaders, including Arvind Kejriwal, had walked into was India’s bourgeoisie democracy — it’s difficult to escape its traps. If the most idealistic Congress and the Communists could fail its test, the AAP will be no exception.

Now the less important question. Will their exit weaken the party? In terms of practical politics, it won’t because that’s what history has taught us. Big guns had left or had been made redundant by the Congress from time to time. Similarly, the CPM always expelled veteran leaders and has moved on.

The AAP too will do the same. But what it will do in the process will be reducing its grand vision of alternative politics in the country to being in power in Delhi. The AAP has failed its first test; it will fail in the other tests too.

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After horse trade, Kejrival now says AAP only option for Muslims in another tape

After horse trade, Kejrival now says AAP only option for Muslims in another tape

New Delhi: In an embarrassment to the AAP, another audio tape emerged in which AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal allegedly talks of Muslims having no option other than AAP to stop the Narendra Modi wave.

Earlier, a tape surfaced in which Kejriwal is purportedly talking of poaching on Congress MLAs to form government in Delhi.

In the audio--recorded before Delhi Assembly polls--Kejriwal is heard as having said that Muslims don't expect AAP to field many candidates from their community but wants the party to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"If the party thinks that we field 11 Muslim candidates, then forget it. The question is not that AAP is giving 11 seats to people from the Muslim community. Muslims are looking at us in a way that if anyone can stop the Modi rath, then it is only Aam Aadmi Party.

"This is the hope that Muslims have from us. They don't have any hope that more Muslim candidates will be fielded. Do a survey of 2000, 3000 and 5000 people. Do a survey of Muslims. What is the priority?

"Today, no one is able to stop the Modi rath in the country. They are forming governments in states one after the other. Today, Muslims are looking at us...if anyone can stop the Modi rath. Congress is over. It has given up. It is not contesting polls. They are asking us to field 11 seats," Kejriwal is heard saying in the tape believed to have been released by a dissident AAP leader.

In a tape that had surfaced on Wednesday, Kejriwal is purpotedly heard as talking of poaching six Congress MLAs to form government in Delhi last year.

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Rift in AAP breaks wide open as Prashant Bhushan writes letter to Kejrival

Rift in AAP breaks wide open as Prashant Bhushan writes letter to Kejrival

New Delhi: The rift in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has once again come out in the open.

After senior party member Admiral Ramdas's explosive letter, AAP co-founder and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan has shot off a letter to the National Executive of the party expressing his anguish over the growing divide and trust deficit in the party.

Launching a scathing attacked on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and party's top leadership, Prashant says AAP has also become one person-centric party.

The AAP co-founder alleges that Kejriwal overturns decision taken by the National Executive (NE) and the Parliamentary Affairs Committee (PAC).

In a joint note, both Yogendra Yadav and Bhushan have demanded to form a ethics committee to probe funds of the party.

In a detailed note written a day before the AAP National Executive on February 26, Admiral Ramdas said it is important that the party "give out clear signals that all senior members of the party - primarily the PAC - are together and united".

Prashant's note has suggestions and questions for the party and also reveals that there are "two camps" and inner conflict in the AAP.

Transparency and accountability

- AAP has put out the list of its donors but not expenses.

- Far from putting out the list of shortlisted candidates on a public website for inviting information from the public and our volunteers, AAP has not even shared the bio-datas or even the names of the candidates selected by the DECG with the PAC.

- Regular meetings of the National Executive or the PAC should be held as required by the Constitution.

- A committee should be set up to report on the systems of transparency and accountability.

- The NE needs to be expanded to have better gender and other balance, and to make it more broad based.

Inner party democracy and Swaraj

 - Clear party's stand on AAP candidates who distributed money and liquor to lure voters in Delhi Assembly elections.

- Put out all the details of MLA funds on a public website in real time.

- Arvind Kejriwal over turns decision taken by the National Executive.

Policies of the Party

- AAP has not been able to formalise the reports submitted by the 30 member expert committee even after 2 years have been passed.

Funds of the Party

- AAP has failed to spend the party fund in a systematic manner.

- AAP has no empowered committee or decision making system of deciding how the funds are to be spent.

There are some volunteers who are paid by the party but a vast majority of them are not. Why?

Unethical means and practices

- Why AAP failed to investigate who was behind the SMS sent by someone in the name of AAVAAM.

- AAP took no steps to know who published and put up the communal posters on behalf of the party.

- Criminal practices in AAP must not be allowed and mechanisms be instituted to ensure that they do not recur.

- One-man party system should be abolished.



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Kejriwal is part of overall plan of RSS for Congress Mukt Bharat: Digvijay Singh

Kejriwal is part of overall plan of RSS for Congress Mukt Bharat: Digvijay Singh

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday took to social-networking site Twitter and hinted at RSS' alleged backing to Arvind Kejriwal to wipe out Congress.

Digvijaya, who is quite vocal on Twitter, wrote, “Arvind Kejriwal is a part of the overall plan of RSS for a Congress Mukt Bharat.”

He further added that when he had earlier claimed that RSS was behind Anna movement, no one had believed him. But, later he was proved right, claiming he would be right this time as well.

In the recently held Delhi Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party emerged victorious by winning 67 seats out of total 70 seats, reducing the BJP to 3 seats. The Congress, which ruled Delhi for 15 years consecutively, failed to win even a single seat in Delhi Assembly.  

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Picture forwarded in Whatsapp defaming the PM

Picture forwarded in Whatsapp defaming the PM

Ullala: An SFI leader is accused of forwarding Prime Minister Modi’s photo in social site Whatsapp after Delhi elections results.

Case is registered on Jeevan Raj Kuttar, Secretary of SFI.  BJP regional secretary Dayanand Tokkottu has registered the case against this degrading and defaming act of SFI leader.

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Kejriwal, Sisodia meet Naidu: Discuss Delhi's development

Kejriwal, Sisodia meet Naidu: Discuss Delhi's development

New Delhi: Delhi Chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday met Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and sought cooperation for the national capital's development.

Accompanied by Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia, Kejriwal met Naidu at Nirman Bhawan - which houses the ministry - around 9.30 a.m.

Assuring to work without any political divide between AAP-led Delhi and the BJP government at the centre, Kejriwal sought help from the ministry over the issue of squatter colonies.

The issue of full statehood for Delhi also figured in the discussion.

The meeting took place a day after the AAP netted 67 seats in the 70-member assembly Tuesday. The Bharatiya Janata Party got just three seats while the Congress secured zero.

"On the issue of unauthorised colonies, we will need the union government's help as well as the Delhi Development Authority and the  Municipal Cooperation of Delhi.

"We also need land to construct more schools, colleges, hspitals, and parking lots in Delhi. The DDA must allot us land for these facilities,"  Sisodia told the media here.
According to party sources, Kejriwal is scheduled to meet union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence around 3.30 p.m. and also President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 6.30 p.m.

Asked if Kejriwal would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sisodia told the media: "We have sought his time, and I think we have been given a  time for tomorrow (Thursday)."

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Kejriwal to invite Modi for swearing-in ceremony

Kejriwal to invite Modi for swearing-in ceremony

Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and invite him for the swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan on February 14.

“We had sought time from the Prime Minister, Mr. Kejriwal will be meeting him on Thursday at 10.30 am. He will also extend an invitation to him for the oath ceremony on February 14,” party sources said.

After AAP swept the Delhi polls on Tuesday in a landslide victory grabbing 67 seats in the 70-member Assembly, the Prime Minister had congratulated Mr. Kejriwal on his thumping victory and assured him of all support from the Centre for development of the national capital.

Mr. Kejriwal, while thanking Mr. Modi for the greetings, had said he would like to meet him soon to discuss issues related to Delhi.

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