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Complaint to EC against TV channels

Aam Aadmi party is shocked to see the gross violation of the MCC by media houses & the ostrich approach of EC today on 12.5.2014 wherein TV News channels have been broadcasting Shri Narendra Modi’s live speeches. Headlines Today, IBN, Aajtak, Zee news etc telecast these speeches at 1130 am.  Read More

Acche Din Aane Wale Hai?

Suddenly, 30-40 people draped in saffron attire and wearing “Modi For PM” caps surrounded our vehicle and started to shout slogans to provoke us. Seeing themselves failing, they started to bang the front glass. Don’t lose me here on! Left confused about what was happening, I tried to see through the mob for Police help but all that I could see as far as my eyes allowed was  a saffron mob.  I could only see cracks developing in the front glass. The cracks were only getting prominent with each passing second and the sloganeering more abusive.  By now, our car was stuck in the middle of a road with hundreds of people yet none with us. One BJP supporter came by driver’s side and started hitting him on face. When I tried to reach out to him for help, I heard the sound of my own gate opening and felt someone pulling me from my collar from the side.  Meanwhile, the others barged into the tempo from behind and tore away all the posters, picked up all the campaigning materials and right in front of our eyes threw everything into the drain right there placing his leader on the
pedestal of the God with the “Har Har Modi” slogan. Read More

When BJP goons attacked me

AAP volunteer attacked

We were sitting in a car stuck in traffic near Ravidas gate, Lanka. Around 200-300 BJP workers surrounded our car and started banging on its glass windows. Those hooligans dressed in saffron caps and scarfs seemed to be scary. They were chanting modi....modi... and hitting our vehicle with their fists. If it would not have been Tata Safari, the glass panes would have got broken by the physical force of these 200 men. We three volunteers sitting in the car were terrified. I asked the driver to take the car away but he was helpless as the area was jam packed. 

Residents Go Indoors As Belligerent Mobs Take Over Varanasi, Tensions Escalate Under Modi, Shah And Jaitley

A wide section of residents, cutting across class, caste and politics, told The Citizen reporters that the tension was immense, and they would remain worried until Modi and his men finished the yatra that they had embarked upon through the congested mohallas of the city, and finally went home. The almost unruly crowds struck fear through Varanasi and gave the residents a taste of what to expect if Modi and the RSS/BJP’s will was thwarted at any level. The mobs shouted for the removal of the Varanasi District Magistrate, and against the Commission that BJP leaders described as “timid or biased or both”. Read More

BJP’s Campaign of Intimidation – A Report from Banaras

Suddenly a roar went up, as Modi sympathisers lunged after him shouting ‘pagal, pagal’ (mad/mad). A little distance ahead I saw another man wearing the AAP cap. The crowd spotted him too, and ran after them both, gesticulating, heckling. As I start walking quickly towards the men I saw them, seemingly unperturbed, walk right through the charging hoard, not a sign of nervousness about their gait. They were walking the confident walk of men who know no fear.

Half an hour later, some young BJP supporters standing on the raised platform dividing the street, turned and collectively pointed at a man and a woman walking past, also wearing AAP caps. Again the crowd roared at them: Modi, Modi. Once again I saw no fear, no rush to escape the hostility on the part of the targets. A vegetable vendor wearing AAP topi going through the crowds was sneered at. A scooterist was shouted at. Read More

AAP campaign reaches every corner of Varanasi

Pictures above are of Arvind Kejriwal's roadshow in Banaras. AAP is ensuring that the message of the fight against corruption and crony capitalism reaches every nook & corner of Banaras. Gul Panag & her team (see below) lead a bike rally in Kashi yesterday (May 8). Hundreds of teams of volunteers, in small groups are ensuring that the message of AAP reaches every home in Banaras.  Read More

Narendra Modi vs Election Commission: Why BJP's ‘Satyagraha’ in Varanasi is ironic

During Kejriwal’s road-show, a few people chanting Modi’s name thought it would be appropriate to throw eggs at his car outside the Kashi Vishwanath temple, while another gentleman, alleged BJP supporter, decided to welcome Kejriwal in ‘Shiv ki Nagari’ by throwing ink at his face. Senior AAP leader Somnath Bharti was beaten up black and blue, again by alleged BJP supporters, at Assi Ghat during a television programme. Fortunately, CNN-IBN’s national affairs editor, Bhupendra Chaube was around and rescued Bharti from the mob. 

Two AAP leaders, Ankit Lal and Nandan Mishra, faced the heat as well. They were injured when another mob of alleged BJP workers assaulted them towards April end. Ankit Lal still roams around with cotton in his ear. Read More

BJP goons did not spare women volunteers either

BJP attacks women volunteers of AAP

In a shocking incident yesterday (May 8) in Banaras, BJP goons pelted stones at AAP's women volunteers. The impact of the attack is visible from the image of the left. One of our volunteers was hit by a stone thrown at them and started bleeding from her forehead. A few days ago, a few other volunteers were thrashed mercilesslessly by BJP supporters at Assi Ghat.
 

A month after egg and ink, Kejriwal wins over many Banarasi hearts

The locals said the new party has given a new meaning to election campaigning and claimed that they had never ever witnessed such a sincere effort by any political party.BJP's former corporator from the city Sadhna Vedanti agreed AAP had edged passed them as far as public meetings and door-to-door campaign is concerned. Read More

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