“While Sikh separatists are joining the ranks of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), it is now no secret that their major source of funding is hardliners living abroad.”
Contrary to Aam Aadmi Party’s much hyped anti-corruption stand and emphasis on transparency, major source of their funding is Khalistani Hardliners living abroad and all the money pumping in, is going into unaccounted account. This might have exposed the dubious nature of AAP but more worrisome is the fact it is fuelling party’s anti national agenda and that is a very dangerous trend for Punjab.
A latest report by democracy watchdog ‘the Association for Democratic Reforms’ (ADR) has claimed that Delhi’s ruling party saw a 275% hike in donations in 2014-15 as compared to the previous financial year.
AAP received donations to the tune of Rs 44.71 crore in the last two financial years but shockingly, the identity of 137 donors, who together summed up an amount of Rs 3.02 crores, was not disclosed in the party’s list of donors. Neither the addresses nor PAN card details of 137 people were made available.
Fuelling communalism in state
Since the party is receiving funds from Sikh hardliners, it is no surprise that AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal and others are trying to create communal tension in the state. From wooing hardliners in the state with their speeches and by getting photographs of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale printed on party pamphlets AAP is leaving no stone unturned to score political points ahead of assembly polls.
While majority of the AAP leaders would have denied of supporting Khalistan ideology and Kejriwal might have cried of a conspiracy by opposition to defame them. But, from endorsing views made at ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ to distributing posters of Bhindrawale on his birth anniversary, enough evidence have come to public fore to make is clear AAP is fuelling radical views to gain political mileage.