The claims made by a break-away volunteer group of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) about dubious funding of the Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit provided fresh ammunition to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which asked the Arvind Kejriwal party to come clean on the issue.
The BJP claimed that the money trail of the donations raised a number of questions relating to transparency and accountability, including issues of fudging, tweaking and even routing of donations.
BJP leaders Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman, both union ministers, posed some questions to the AAP, asking it to clarify how companies that made no profits or remained dormant contributed substantial amounts to AAP.
“The presense of the same set of individuals as directors of several such AAP donor companies raises a question as to were these shell companies used for money laundering? Also, why have these companies donated the same amount at the same time,” the leader duo asked.
The group, AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM), claimed that the four different companies, with same individuals as directors, donated R50 lakh each to AAP on the midnight of April 5 last year.
Obviously, the ministers alleged, the top leadership of AAP has done the background check on these 10-month old donations as per their own stated policy. “Yogendra Yadav has publicly said that every corporate donation above R 9.99 lakh is probed by their political affairs committee. This obvioulsy shows Arvind Kejriwal and AAP knowingly accepted these dubious funds,” they alleged, asking whether the requirements of law relating to political donation were being knowingly flouted.
Asked if the government would probe the matter relating to flouting of norms, Goyal said, “The law will take its own course.”