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AAP, which talks about 'clean' politics, has given Lok Sabha ticket from Hisar in Haryana to a retired IAS officer, who revoked orders passed by Dr Khemka for stopping land consolidation in two villages
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) often talks about 'clean' politics and policies. However, when it comes to giving tickets for the Lok Sabha elections, AAP is not different from other political outfits. The new party has given ticket to former bureaucrat Yudhbir Singh Khyalia from Hisar in Haryana. This is the same officer who allowed land consolidation in two Haryana villages that were stopped by Dr Ashok Khemka.
According to a report from Times of India, Khyalia is an ex-bureaucrat who had taken over the Haryana government's land consolidation department a few months after Dr Khemka was transferred out for cancelling the mutation of Robert Vadra's deal with DLF. Vadra is son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
"During his tenure in the land consolidation department, Khemka had withdrawn the consolidation process in two villages, Kot (Faridabad) and Rozka Gujar (Gurgaon). His 23 August 2012 order had said that in Kot, 2,565 acres out of 3,184 acres were uncultivable hilly areas. In Rozka-Gujar, Khemka had stopped the consolidation process of 5,744 acres stating that not a square inch had been cultivated for a long time as it was fallow. He had added that no one lived in the village any more. However Khyalia revoked both orders in 2013," the report says.
Earlier in October 2012, Dr Khemka cancelled a sweetheart land deal between DLF, the real estate giant and Skylight Hospitality owned by Vadra. Dr Khemka had been in this job for less than three months. Vadra had got this land transferred to him in February 2008 for Rs7.5 crore and within a few months flipped it to DLF for Rs58 crore, for a 700% windfall gain in a few months.
Vadra was acting as a middlemen in the true sense – he had not even paid for the land. He had only produced a cheque, an overdraft, and the land was transferred to his company. The seller of the land had not even encashed the cheque. It was a sham transaction. Vadra then sold this land, which he did not own, to DLF. In effect, Vadra paid for his purchase after he sold this land, which he did not own. The land belonged to those who were close to the Congress and the state chief minister. Dr Khemka cancelled this sham deal.
The Congress government of Bhupinder Hooda reacted in the two ways they always react. One, by shunting Dr Kehmka out. And two, by serving him a charge sheet for having caused damage to the reputation of Robert Vadra and that of real estate giant DLF, and for "illegally" cancelling the land deal.
Last month, in response to Haryana government’s move to charge him with various irregularities in connection with his path breaking decision to introduce better quality roofing for warehouses, Dr Khemka sent a strongly worded point-by-point rebuttal to Principal Accountant General (Audit) of Haryana, while alleging bias on the part of two tainted state government functionaries for cancelling a dubious land deal of Vadra.
Dr Khemka alleges that “Mr SS Dhillon and Mr Roshan Lal are acting in a criminal and vindictive manner in collusion with the ruling political executive to frame me.”
SS Dhillon is Principal Secretary to Chief Minister while Roshan Lal is the Principal Secretary Agriculture. Both of them have a checkered record, compared to Dr Khemka’s unblemished record to exemplary public service.
Coming back to Khaylia, several disgruntled AAP workers have protested against the party’s decision of fielding the retired IAS officer from Hisar. According to a report from NitiCentral.com, party workers from AAP burnt posters of leaders like Manish Sisodia, Yogendra Yadav and Kejriwal in Hisar on Thursday evening. They accused the party high command of ignoring old party leaders and workers and also lodged complaints against the allotment of party ticket to Khayalia, demanding cancellation of the ticket, the report says.
During the conversation, Kejriwal is seen asking the TV anchor to give emphasis on certain segments of the interview
A video showing Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal asking a TV news anchor to emphasise certain sections of his interview went viral on YouTube on Sunday night.
The video, which is over a minute long, shows Kejriwal and the news anchor in a conversation after the interview.
During the conversation, Kejriwal is seen asking the TV anchor to give emphasis on certain segments of the interview.
“Please play it up more,” Kejriwal said in the video.
To this, the television anchor was seen saying: “Yes, we will play it up. The Bhagat Singh (comment) is good. We will get a lot of reaction to this.”
The interview was apparently given by Kejriwal after he resigned as Delhi Chief Minister.
Incidentally, the video was made public on the day when Kejriwal criticised the media and accused a certain section of being biased against him.
While Kejriwal apologised for the violent behaviour of AAP activists, separately the Election Commission sent notice to the party
Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday apologised for his party workers’ behaviour in Delhi and Lucknow while protesting his detention.
“It was going to happen...some of them retaliated after they were attacked. I apologise for their behaviour and I once again urge them to remain non-violent”, he told reporters in Gujarat in response to a query on the arrest of over a dozen AAP workers in Delhi.
The Election Commission has also written to the AAP today after receiving complaint from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"We have received a notice asking to explain the protest outside the BJP office, however, there is no deadline to respond to the letter," said Deepak Bajpai, media coordinator of the party.
Bajpai said that the party will respond to the EC in appropriate time.
AAP workers had Wednesday clashed with activists of BJP outside the party headquarters in Delhi and Lucknow after Kejriwal’s car was damaged in Gujarat in retaliation to protests against his brief detention in the state.
Yesterday, Kejriwal, who began his four—day tour of Gujarat, was detained for alleged violation of the model code of conduct by travelling in a long carcade. Shortly later, he was allowed to go.
According to police sources, an FIR has been lodged at Parliament Street Police Station last night against the AAP protesters including leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi.
Charges of rioting, obstructing a public servant from performing his duty and damaging public property have been slapped against them.
AAP workers had stormed the BJP head office on Ashoka Road in central Delhi protesting against Kejriwal’s ‘detention’ in Radhanpur in North Gujarat where he had gone to “assess” the development claims made by CM Narendra Modi.
In Lucknow, workers of AAP, armed with brooms, had clashed with lathi—wielding activists of BJP and fought pitched street battles outside the BJP office on Vidhan Sabha Marg in protest against their chief’s detention.