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Indian emerging party AAP members complain of snoopgate
Publication Date : 15-01-2014
Already plagued by the snoopgate scandal, the Gujarat government is now in the eye of yet another snooping controversy as newly enrolled members of the Aam Aadmi Party have complained state intelligence bureau (SIB) personnel are visiting their homes to collect their family details.
The AAP members have started walking into the offices of district collectors in several cities with memorandums in protest against the “hyperactive” sleuths from the SIB.
The questions that the intelligence personnel are asking, according to AAP members, relate to their family set-up, occupations and sources of income.
Terming these inquiries as “clear cases of intimidation”, AAP activists in major cities such as Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat and Jamnagar and various district headquarters took out rallies to the collectors’ offices yesterday.
Many of the protesters hung placards from their necks proclaiming their names, addresses, sources of income, occupations and family details.
Undeterred by the move, the state unit of the AAP today issued a circular asking all aspirants for the Lok Sabha seats to secure signatures of approval from at least 100 people in each of the seven Assembly segments constituting Parliamentary constituencies.
“This process would ensure a fair assessment of the candidate’s winnability," AAP spokesman Harshil Nayak told The Statesman today.
However, celebrity danseuse Mallika Sarabhai, who joined the AAP as an ordinary member only last week, caused some raised eyebrows by questioning AAP leader Kumar Vishwas' views on minorities, women and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Sarabhai stated Kumar Vishwas had in the past praised Modi and demanded the AAP should clarify its stand on Vishwas' views.
He is likely to be the party’s candidate against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the Amethi Lok Sabha seat.
“I believe that AAP is a party where there is transparency and each individual has the right to question another individual”, Sarabhai said.
Vishwas, however, clarified his praise of Modi at a government programme was only a gesture of courtesy and nothing else since the programme had been hosted by the Gujarat government.
Meanwhile, senior AAP leader Gopal Rai claimed the party has so far received support from across the country in its membership campaign but it got maximum support from North Indian states.
“We have received maximum support from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. We have also received good response from Gujarat and Maharashtra.”
In another development, unidentified persons vandalised the AAP office in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, this afternoon and abused the workers present there.