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BJP digs up dirt on ‘clean’ AAP

Thursday, 28 November 2013 | SR | New Delhi

Targets Sonia for hiding details of her foreign visits

Leading a scathing attack on Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party (AAP), BJP leader Subramanian Swami on Wednesday said the party’s source of funding was still under question. He alleged that the party has so far failed to answer as to what verification has been done to ascertain that foreigners do not contribute to the AAP.

Swami alleged that the AAP is receiving donations from foreigners who have no Indian passport; hence an offence under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Referring to one US citizen Ramesh Narayanswamy, whose donation of `500 was accepted despite bogus details of his passport, Swamy said that the party has not maintained transparency on its part and is trying to present a clean image in the public domain.

He also mentioned two foreigners from Barmuda and Cayman Islands — Anil K Chhomatil and Bharat Singh — who have contributed money without even possessing an Indian passport.

Swamy said that the matter is pending before the Delhi High Court and Kejriwal is yet to respond to the 30 questions asked by FCRA and the Union Home Ministry by the end of this month and post the same on AAP’s website. The BJP leader also demanded that Kejriwal should explain criminal charges against him and other key member Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai and must clarify charges of misdirection and misappropriation leveled by his former Guru Anna Hazare and  colleagues including Swami Agnivesh and Rajesh Agarwal.

Swamy also targeted UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for hiding details of her foreign tours. He alleged that Gandhi has made payments by cheque in foreign currency for stay in posh apartments in Manhattan, New York and for her medical bills for treatment for cancer in Sloan Kettering Hospital.

“The apartment is owned by a Dubai commercial group for which Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Ministry of External Affairs, and PM’s principal Secretary Pulok Chatterjee should be questioned under the FRCA. I have written a letter to MHA in this regard and if the ministry could not initiate penal action against these people, I will file PIL before the court,” he said. 

Stepping up attacks on AAP, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, who was also present during the Press conference, accused AAP of spreading communal feeling through its manifesto and party pamphlet by asking Muslims to vote for them.

 
 
 

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