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Let’s be CLEAR that Lok Satta did NOT expel Anurag “the moment” the sting came to light

On twitter one of LSP's supporters has written thus:

Also, Surendra Srivsastava in a Media Release today has said (extract):

In a media statement, Dr. JP pointed out that the party had expelled its Delhi unit President Anurag Kejriwal the moment his inexcusable conduct came to light without going through the motions of an inquiry. 

This is incorrect. It is important to assert the truth. I am copying below my email to Surendra Srivastava for the record. 

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Dear Surendra

Thanks for this, but I don't see why there is a misleading statement in the press release: "Dr. JP pointed out that the party had expelled its Delhi unit President Anurag Kejriwal the moment his inexcusable conduct came to light without going through the motions of an inquiry".

You know very well that Anurag was NOT expelled the first day when the sting took place. He was asked to resign from his position. Your first official communication said clearly: 

"Mr Anurag Kejriwal, President of Delhi unit of the party was asked to resign today with immediate effect. The step was taken as the party took cognizance of a news channel report of a sting operation involving Mr Kejriwal …. The party has in parallel also sought raw footage of the video to get further information about this incident and also verify the authenticity of the sting, its full contents and context."

I objected strenuously suggesting that Anurag should be expelled and JP should explain his side publicly. You wrote to me:

"We have demanded the raw footage and we will take further action. ANURAG claims it was a long conversation and the video is doctored with bits and pieces of conversation to show him in bad light.  Expelling will be done after following due process as every one has right to be heard."

I further objected saying you don't need a standard of proof that is "beyond reasonable doubt" (a part of my objection is publicly available here):.

As a result of my vigorous private and public pressure (and presumably from many others) Anurag was THEN expelled and JP gave a press conference, after which I've reaffirmed full support for LSP.

I don't see why it is now being claimed that "the party had expelled its Delhi unit President Anurag Kejriwal the moment his inexcusable conduct came to light". That is untrue and misleading and should not have been said in this manner.

I expect total integrity. It was not a major mistake to first remove Anurag from Delhi Presidency and then further review and expel him. There is no hard and fast rule on this. The party can change its mind after further consideration. But it is incorrect to say publicly that Anurag was expelled "the moment" his conduct came to light.

I continue to support LSP in recognition of JP's long time work and because this slippage is not material enough. But I suggest we all expect more. No "spin" (one admissible exception would be something "doctored" in the national interest under severe enemy fire – but that's not what happened here).

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In closing I CONTINUE TO SUPPORT LSP BUT DEMAND EVEN HIGHER STANDARDS OF INTEGRITY FROM LSP – which I'm sure they'll adhere to.

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I think Lok Satta Party has FULLY re-affirmed its reputation. Surendra Srivastava has responded to further allegations.

In response to my blog post a short while ago, Surendra Srivastava has responded on FB (text below):

TEXT:

Dear Sanjeevji,

While we respect most of what you say, but let us not jump to conclusion. Most of the people who, you have named either were made to leave or left for their own ambitions for positions in the party.

As far as financial of Delhi are concerned, we have full accounting and Supritam can come to Loksatta office in Mumbai and I will ask treasurer to show him audited accounts for the years since LSP has unit in Delhi. Ofcourse since we all are busy with elections, it would be advisable that it shoud be done after elections.

If some one from LSP has collected money in cash, we would like to have proof as we do not permit cash collection.

As far as UP is concerned, there was never a UP unit. We were encouraging some of our members from UP to conduct regular activities, which they were reluctant without being given UP Presidents & other state posts. On encouraging them to develop a smaller unit like a district first instead state unit they left. 

Yes Loksatta is not yet perfect but organisational building is challenge and so more in India. However LSP has self correcting mechanism as well as "will" and "determination" to keep improving.

We are sorry but let us agree to disagree on few issue and also advise checking full facts before writing such things from your blog. 

Surendra Srivastava 

National General Secretary – Lok Satta Party

==MY FURTHER COMMENTS==

This is excellent. A quick and prompt public response by the party. The sooner these matters are dealt with and nipped in the bud, the better. I believe the sunlight of transparency is the best remedy for such things.

I can now promote JP and LSP (despite some differences with its policies) without having niggling doubts in the back of my mind.

LSP's offer that Supratim check the accounts itself re-confirms my unshakable faith in LSP's foundation of integrityIt would be worthwhile for Supratim (if he can spare time to visit Surendra – after the elections!) to look into the allegation that LSP party funds were transferred into the personal account of Anurag Kejriwal. Such funds transfer would be part of the detailed records, and the allegation I've received can be checked.

Re: the UP "unit" – I think no claim was made that there is a proper unit, only a "team". The complaint was that funds collected were not made available to the team for use. This is not an integrity issue, though. And no one has suggested that cash was collected. So that's not an issue, either. 

I think this is more than sufficient for now from LSP and confirms that LSP is a party worth supporting.

LSP has been responsive to criciticism and has taken QUICK ACTION TO EXPEL AnuragThis is good enough, also given the pressure of Lok Sabha elections.

Please vote for JP from Malkajgiri.

ADDENDUM

a) LSP has further clarified that it does not have a bank account in Delhi. A small amount was given as advance in some cases to Anurag for petty cash expenses against vouchers along with supporting documents. All details have been fully audited. Supratim Basu will double-check after elections and report to us. 

b) Further, LSP does not believe that any budget proposal was submitted to it for agreed activities for which funds were refused.  

c) LSP funds are first audited by an independent auditing firm in Mumbai and then as part of cosolidated accounts in Hyderabad.

LSP has NO integrity issues. There were some issues with Anurag, which have been resolved now that he has been expelled.

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Lok Satta Party has expelled Anurag. Good. But serious allegations of financial impropriety have now surfaced.

MATTER RESOLVED. See: I think Lok Satta Party has FULLY re-affirmed its reputation. Surendra Srivastava has responded to further allegations.

==ORIGINAL BLOG POST==

I'm glad that Lok Satta Party has expelled Anurag Kejriwal, their Delhi President. This was my basic expectation, as outlined yesterday hereI also sent an email to a senior LSP office bearer (extract below):

LSP can't shrug off such a thing as part of "due process". A political party is NOT a court. It must act on balance of probabilities to defend its reputation, not 'beyond reasonable doubt'. And in this case all bounds have been breached. Most problematically, This is about the many places where JP is directly implicated by Anurag. JP is directly liable to speak out.
 
Expulsion of Anurag is  a bare minimum under the circumstances. No matter how badly the recording was allegedly 'doctored' [claimed by Anurag], there are clear words from his mouth. In the public mind, Anurag holds a very high position – as President of the Delhi (north Indian) branch. He represents the kind of leaders LSP has, just like the scam-infected leaders of Congress/BJP represent those parties in the eyes of the public. 
Getting Anurag to resign from Delhi presidency was JUST NOT ENOUGH. Therefore, this is a good first step – to expel Anurag. This kind of a person brings GREAT SHAME to everyone. We are trying hard to bring TOTAL INTEGRITY into politics, and this man wants to continue the same old miserable crony capitalism of the Congress and BJP.

But in addition, JP has made a public statement on this matter yesterday in a press conference, below:

Now I can't understand what he said in Telugu but presume he is suggesting how ridiculous are the claims of Anurag Kejriwal. I would appreciate if someone can translate this into English.

The actions have been swift and damage control undertaken quickly. I hope this will address most of the issues surrounding Anurag Kejriwal.

But there's more.

I'm extracting from an email from a senior Lok Satta worker in north India who recently resigned from LSP. I would like LSP to comment on this, for it contains startling information re: the inner workings of the party in Delhi:

Honestly, I do not doubt the integrity of JP. The bigger issue for larger failures of LSP is that JP lacks organisational skills and somewhere lacks the energy to steer the organisation in a pro active way (In the 5 yrs of our association, Despite an execellent UP team that we had built, JP never visited UP in different districts or telephoned proactively for updates on progress. never).

I feel sad and pained for JP. For Organisational building, he had given charge in absolutely wrong hands.(This is again the leadership competency for which someone has to take the blame). Mustan Tambawala and Nikhil Mehta left National council of Lok Satta Party on Integrity issues as far as I know from my discussions with Mustan.

I also came to know that the ex-National council member from Delhi, Deepak Gupta had been removed from his position because he questioned the way organisational funds were being transferred by Lok Satta party into the personal account of the Delhi President Anurag Kejriwal for organisation building(or his personal building ?).

For the UP Team,initially we were promised that every penny coming from any state will be paid back to that state for organisation building. However, our deposited funds were never sent to us. The only option given to us was to get the funds in the same manner as Anurag Kehriwal was doing. This method was totally unacceptable to the UP team.I do think this is an Integrity issue in a manner.

I will forward this blog post to a senior LSP office bearer and seek his comment, and JP's public comment.

It appears that the selection of Anurag as President was a BIG problem. Was JP sleeping? Were senior LSP leaders unaware of what was going on? Why did Mustan Tambawala leave? Why was Deepak Gupta removed from his position if he was trying to point out the problem?

Have public funds been used by Anurag Kejriwal for private purposes? If so an FIR should be lodged against him and he should be put behind bars.

I believe such matters are not "dirty laundry" but CRUCIAL SUNLIGHT to identify any dirt or malpractice, and by addressing such problems, strengthen the liberal movement.

I can understand Congress/BJP/AAP being completely flooded with black money/ corrupt people. But liberal parties must not only maintain the HIGHEST standards, but must be seen to maintain them. We have no business to be in politics if we don't establish and maintain the highest benchmarks in public life.

FTI's Code of Conduct is extremely stringent and severe. I'd expect ALL LSP leaders to maintain such standards.

In the meanwhile I'm resuming my support for Lok Satta Party and for JP as MP from Malkajgiri. He has come out unscathed (as would be expected), but this party needs a thorough check. I believe JP should get an independent person like Supratim Basu to check its account system and provide a public report. 

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JP of Lok Satta must personally explain Anuraj Kejriwal’s comments, else Lok Satta Party must go.

MATTER RESOLVED. See:

1) Lok Satta Party has expelled Anurag. Good. But serious allegations of financial impropriety have now surfaced.

2) I think Lok Satta Party has FULLY re-affirmed its reputation. Surendra Srivastava has responded to further allegations.

==THE ORIGINAL BLOG POST==

I just came across a sting operation on Anurag Kejriwal of Lok Satta Party. Someone then pointed me to a press release by LSP. 

STING

 
This is beyond shocking. It is disgusting.
 
Anurag attended the 4-day National Reform Summit at Haridwar last year but never could I imagine that he was a third rate crook ("pick pocket" as he calls himself). 
 
The fact is that Anurag has NOT been expelled by LSP. That's a huge issue for me. He must be expelled instantly.
 
Second, JP has been implicated by Anurag as conniving with such things. JP has also been alleged to publicly speak against corruption but to 'agree' to it in private. Anurag somehow had the confidence that JP would agree to all such things. This means JP must have, in private, said something to that effect. How else can a senior party functionary get such ideas in his head?
 
I need JP to personally speak up and upload a youtube video explaining HIMSELF. He must also expel Anurag entirely and permanently from LSP immediately.
 
I also want to know, now, whether LSP has ever bargained with any corporate house in the past. And how it has used its funds. With a crook like Anurag operating in SENIOR roles in the party, how does one know that the party has not misused public funds? 
 
These are all very serious matters, and if not resolved within the day, can lead to LSP being disapproved by FTI. That's an outright penalty for ANYONE who doesn't comply with FTI's Code of Conduct, the HIGHEST code for integrity in India.
 
I will now await JP's EXTENSIVE response on youtube. LSP's continuing as a party that I support is now at stake. I will NOT deal with a party that harbours crooks.
 
24 hours, only. 
 
In the meanwhile I'm suspending my support for LSP.  This has left a very bad taste in my mouth. I will wait to see if LSP can regain its credentials with me. 
 
TOTAL integrity is NON-NEGOTIABLE.
 
If I'm not satisfied with JP's actions (and PUBLIC SPEECH defending himself from the charges) then I will move a resolution on FTI's General Body to remove LSP from the list of approved parties.
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The cat is out of the bag. Modi wants a Hindu nation, not free India. Vote for ANYONE but BJP.

The cat is out of the bag. Modi has for long tried to deceive India through an image of being a Vikas Purush. Many people (including me) were misled. Despite my reservations about Modi, I was willing to live with BJP as India's major party in the next Lok Sabha. My recommended ranking – which I shared publicly a few days ago – includes BJP after Navbharat/LokSatta, in preference to Congress or AAP. 

But things have changed today, quite dramatically. 

The velvet glove has been pulled out. The iron fist is out. The pretence of Vikas Purush is over. 

This is now clearly about Modi converting INDIA'S REPUBLIC INTO A "HINDU" NATION. How does one know? Because yesterday Modi appointed the madman Swamy as head of BJP's Strategic Action Committee for 2014 Lok Sabha Election (http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/swamy-to-head-bjps-action-panel/article5852112.ece)

I had thought Swamy was a total fringe lunatic – and was surprised why BJP had not thrown him out. But now he has been placed at the TOP of BJP's electoral strategy.

But what's the problem with Swamy? Isn't he an "economist", and basically irrelevant? Not so, with his new position of power.

Read what Golwalkar (a key RSS leader) wrote some time ago: "The non-Hindu peoples in Hindusthan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence Hindu religion, must entertain no ideas but those of glorification of the Hindu race and culture, i.e. they must not only give up their attitude of intolerance and ungratefulness towards this land and its age long traditions but must also cultivate the positive attitude of love and devotion instead – in one word, they must cease to be foreigners, or may stay stay in the country, wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment – not even citizen’s rights" [Source: http://sabhlokcity.com/2009/02/the-case-against-rss/]

Given this attitude, RSS never got even remotely close to power in India for 65 years, so its vision of India – ENTIRELY antithetical to a liberalism – never eventuated.

But Subramanian Swamy is different. He not only believes in this agenda, but is CLEAR about implementing it once BJP gets power. Watch this video compilation: http://sabhlokcity.com/2014/03/the-ancestors-of-the-bjp-senior-bigot-subramanian-swamy-must-have-been-monkeys/

In this video he makes clear that once BJP is in a position to do so, it WILL disenfranchise the Muslims

He says clearly: "India is a nation of Hindus and those others who acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus. We are a continuing civilisation. All you have to tell the Election Commission is don't register anybody who doesn't declare that either he is a Hindu or that his ancestors were Hindus. If the Muslims don't agree then run a riot. If we are in a position to do it, we'll do it. Those who live in this country must have some identification with the Hindus. I reject this modern Western liberal Nehruvian concept that India is a republic. Secular is all nonsensical word, I don't know what it means, just bandy it about." 

Modi has always been a hardcore RSS man, diligently following the footsteps of Golwalkar. But now, his pretence being a "Vikas Purush" is over. By appointing the madman Swamy in a powerful BJP role, even as Jaswant Singh was kicked out, he is sending a very strong and clear signal that this election is not about development but about making India a Hindu nation. 

Given this clear position of BJP, I now recommend ANYONE BUT BJP.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

1. Navbharat

2. Lok SAtta

3. ANYONE BUT BJP. Even the worst socialist is better than these destroyers of free India.

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A High Court judge clarifies that Modi has NOT been given any “clean chit”

Most people in India don't understand the process of law, so when I explain to them that no clean chit was given to Modi by any major court (because the matter has not even come to that stage), people don't understand – no matter how much evidence is provided.

But here is a HIGH COURT JUDGE saying the same thing:

Justice Hosbet Suresh, former Judge of Bombay High Court Monday said that CM Narendra Modi was the main conspirator of the 2002 Gujarat riots and was not a suitable candidate as Prime Minister of India.

Turning down the clean chit given to Modi by a magisterial court, Justice Suresh also said that there were many evidences against Modi and the issue was still to be adjudicated by the High Court and Supreme Court. “Supreme Court has not given him a clean chit,” he said.
“Modi was the main conspirator of Gujarat riots,” Justice Suresh said.

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