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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has put names of all its donors, even those who have donated as little as Rs 1

 




The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has put names of all its donors, even those who have donated as little as Rs 1, on the party’s website. In fact, we have even lost donations because of our transparency drive.

Arvind says “While on my last fast, a visitor was so moved AAPby the agitation against inflated power bills (this was the 12th or 13th day of my fast) that he offered to donate Rs 10 crore to our cause, except that he wanted it to be a secret donation. I replied that this would not be possible, and that we would have to forgo his generous donation in favour of just his moral support to the cause. Some sacrifices are required to firmly commit to a culture of transparency.

Once this culture of transparency is established, we will find that even big corporate houses will find themselves comfortable with having their names disclosed. A start has to be made somewhere.

The second disclosure norm which needs to be tightened is about expenses. We routinely get to see and hear of politicians travelling in personal jets and helicopters. Who owns these aircraft? Why are they being given over for use to political leaders and for what consideration? Such disclosure is important to establish who is sleeping with whom. Use of aircraft, unaccounted election expense which is routinely under-quoted to the Election Commission are an old way of channelling black money and illegally obtained cash.

The criticism that the Right to information is not the right forum for this is also wrong, as the law itself is about transparent flow of information. AAP has shown how it is done, and we welcome the Chief Information Commissioner’s order”.

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