How AAP defamed Shalini Gupta ~ @MPunjab1

Update: @Kapsology on Twitter raised some doubt about a missing line that I did not understand. Given the volatile nature of opinion around this issue, here is the original email trail @MPunjab1 speaks about in the article for anyone interested to download and independently verify. Original email trail regarding accusations against Shalini Gupta

With reference to the following hit piece by Ajaz Ashraf: Read the controversial emails by Prashant Bhushan’s sister that pushed AAP to breaking point

Let me expose the lies in this hit piece one by one which will prove one of the following is true by the time you’re done reading my analysis:

  1. Ajaz Ashraf has access to the original emails yet chose to deliberately twist & lie in order to malign Shalini Gupta.
  2. Ajaz Ashraf does not have access to the original emails and was simply passed selective sections (cut-paste) and “used” to plant a hit piece.

Para #2 – Lie #1

This strain had been caused by two emails sent by senior leader Prashant Bhushan’s US-based sister, Shalini Gupta, to members of the AAP GlobalGroup, which consists of 700-800 NRI contacts of the party.

FACT: No such email or message was sent to AAP Global which is the Google Group for NRI volunteers from all around the world.

Instead, there was a private exchange between at the most 10 members of the Chicago chapter related to AAPs “Adopt a Constituency” program. The entire article takes that exchange out of context with the sole purpose to malign Shalini Gupta.

Para #2 – Lie #2

In the messages, Gupta tacitly discouraged members from donating money to the AAP’s war-chest on the grounds that Kejriwal had fielded corrupt candidates in the Delhi assembly elections.

FACT: Either the “journo” does not know the meaning of the word tacit or is trying to create drama & innuendo where none exist. Shalini Gupta states as a matter of fact that there is controversy around some candidates due to volunteer objection and the matter has been referred to the Lokpal.

In light of the allegations on several candidates, she advises the group that:We need to support candidates who we are confident will work in public interest if elected.”

I suppose such statements can be construed as “discouraging members from donating money” if you have a vivid imagination!

Para #3 – Observation

Her emails sent shockwaves through the party higher echelons, …

OBSERVATION: Why did the party “higher echelons” NOT take IMMEDIATE and STERN action against Shalini Gupta after experiencing SHOCKWAVES? Why did they wait till *after* the make-or-break elections to “expose” Shalini Gupta and that too through a “leaked” piece in the media?

Why did the “higher echelons” risk losing the NRI supporters who constitute 30% of AAPs funding and play the role of a major moral, intellectual and financial support base? If the statement in the article is to be believed it smacks of gross incompetence on part of the “higher echelons.”

Para #4 – Lie #3

Her emails demonstrate that she was not willing to wait for the verdict of the AAP Lokpal, Admiral (retd) L Ramdas, on the suitability of 12 nominations that were being challenged.

FACT: Nowhere do Shalini’s emails (there are 3 in the entire exchange) demonstrate that she was not willing to wait for the verdict of the Lokpal. Infact, Shalini is giving a mature “heads-up” by stating that:

  1. There are serious complaints against some candidates
  2. Party Lokpal will be examining the charges
  3. Tickets of some of these candidates may have to be cancelled.

Also see the FACTs for Para #5 – Lie #4 below.

Para #5 – Lie #4

Yet emails sent by Gupta on January 5 and January 6 show she had already made up her mind that Kejriwal was guilty of violating party norms by choosing dubious candidates.

FACT: Nowhere does Shalini pre-suppose guilt. In her Jan 5 email she asks one volunteer to obtain the feedback on a candidate under consideration by contacting the ground team in Delhi and volunteers who have worked with the candidate in the past.

In her Jan 6 email, Shalini Gupta categorically states the following:
“That is the mandate to the Lokpal now to determine if these candidates pass the moral standards test expected of an AAP candidate.”

Once more, it takes the vivid imagination of a “journo” to conclude that this“demonstrates she was not willing to wait for the verdict of the AAP Lokpal”or “she had already made up her mind”

I’ll stop here because I don’t think such a poorly executed hit piece deserves further effort on my part to debunk it. Trust me, the rest of the article can be dismantled line by line if one has access to the original email chain. I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader once Ajaz Ashraf demonstrates the ethics of his profession by revealing the full email chain that he claims to have access to! 😉

The onus is now on Ajaz Ashraf and to come clean by disclosing the entire email chain AND revealing the source which planted this hit piece through him / them.

Guest post by @MPunjab1 on Twitter

Comments 10

  • I was sidelined from AAP by the same team I worked with in AAP Social Media, they planned they plotted they exploited and showcased me as a traitor. Same story with Shaiza Binny and sadly now PB and YY. Karan Singh from AVAM was also called a traitor when he was explained. I feel the pain your feeling. HOWEVER I AM NOT a Shazia a karan Singh a PB OR A YY. I will give it. Ask to aap.dirty tricks department twice over.

    Please check my site before you judge me

    • YY and PB did not ‘join’ the party. They ‘FORMED’ the party. when kejriwal did not have money to buy a ‘johny on the spot’ Bhushan’s put in their own money. They risked their everything. this B@@#$ bought in nothing, excpet lies, lies and more lies.

    • i want to start some legal action to demand my donation given back to me. it was taken from me be ‘cheating’, creating ‘false impression’ and ‘fine printing’.
      even if chances are slim, court case will create awareness among people and stop these looters from looting other people.

      एक बार किसी आदमी ने केजरीवाल को 500 रुपये चंदा दिया तो वे ज़ोर-ज़ोर से रोने लगे help,help फिर उन्हें 5000 रुपये चंदा देकर चुप कराया गया !!

      वैसे तो कहतें हैं कि किसी को कोई भी बात बोलनी है तो पार्टी फोरम पर बोलें, बाहर बात नही होनी चाहिये………..फिर योगेन्द्र यादव और प्रशान्त भूषण के खिलाफ बातें क्यों बाहर आ रही हैं……….सब केजरीवाल की चाल है.

  • This has really turned into a sad affair. The only victims are volunteers many of whom even left their careers to do something for the country.
    And no one is taking their opinion into consideration.
    (Besides “higher echelons” is acceptance of high command?)

    • THIS is the real issue Raman. So much for Swaraj. Volunteers not consulted even as people bring party crashing down around them.

      • before anything a slap on YOUR face: by your own master: swaraj:

        I want to tell you that, i was a ‘die-hard’ fan of the original-movement, i even gave donation -first time ever- in my life, to a political party. I stood up late at night in USA to call people in first Delhi elections. I lost my faith in AK and Anna after i saw their ‘liar’ side repeatedly. After he invoked ‘muslim’ tag in Varanasi, i dropped him.
        I “HATE” him now.
        He is the dirtiest thing ever happened to Indian politics.
        you guys call him big strategist. all he does is speak lie, a bald faced liar, thats all he his.
        कव्वा सबसे चतुर प्राणी होता है (इंसान के बाद), पर देखो उसे कुछ भी नहीं मिलता, न नाम, न इज़्ज़त, न ही कोई उसे अपने पास रखना चाहता है| कव्वे जैसा हाल इस काले-कव्वै-अरभिंड केजडीबाल का होगा |

        kejdibaal use-and-throw policy: (जो भी महत्वकांशा पाने में अवरोध जैसा लगा, केजडीबाल ने साम-दाम-दंड-भेद से किनारे कर दिया…)
        1. Anna
        2. Kiran
        3. Binny
        4. Sazia
        5. Upender etc.
        6. and now it seems Mr.Shanti Bhushan will be ousted from the party he founded.
        Last elections: dilli sarkar (‘dikshit’) ne meter lagaye hain…
        this election: BJP (‘upadhaye’) ne meter lagaye hain…
        last election: I have documents agianst Shiela.
        this election: i have documents agianst Upadhyaye…

        देश मैं सबसे बड़े अवसरवादी तीन लोग है
        १. केजरीवाल जिसने सत्ता पाने केलिये पहले तो अन्ना को छोड़ा फिर कांग्रेस से नाता जोड़ा फिर pm बनने के लिये डेल्ही को छोड़ बाराणसी भागा फिर pm न बन सका तो बापस डेल्ही दौड़ा
        २. नीतीश कुमार जिसने cm बनने केलिये लालू राज को जंगल राज और बीजेपी राज को रामराज बताया लेकिन इसने भी pm बनने के चक्कर मैं बीजेपी का साथ छोड़ा और फिर cm की कुर्सी भी गवां दी और फिर से सत्ता मैं आने केलिये लालू और कांग्रेस के साथ आगये
        ३. लालू प्रसाद जिन्होनें कभी मुलायम सिंह को pm नहीं बनने दिया बो आज मुलायम के ही समधी बनगए हैं. और भी…
        The most shameless man ever in politics is AK49. He abused anyone who does not say what he want to hear:
        1. judiciary: called them chor.
        2. govt. agencies: called them chor.
        3. govt.: called them chor.
        4. Two political parties BJP and Cong: called them chor
        5. newspapers: called them chor.
        because calling their opponents chor is their business.
        AK49: did not call chor following:
        JD, TMC, MIM, JKLF, AD, DMK, AIADMK, TD, etc….
        this party will meet a violent end.

        >. इस बार काले-कवे ने कहा है की, नैतिकता के आधार पर भी इस्तीफा नहीं दूंगा…
        >. अपने परिवार को सेट करके दूसरों की जिंदगी ख़राब करने वाला कु**&^ :
        खुद की बीवी – मोती कमाई, दूसरों की घर में राख !!!
        खुद के बच्चे – IIT / IIM, दूसरों के बच्चों के लिए आंदोलन !!!

        पुनर्जन्म की नंगी दास्तान :
        pAAP was b-team of Congress.
        Now it _IS_ the _NEW_ congress.
        Om – shanti – Om.
        Allah – Shiela – AAP.
        (complete vote bank of congress is now pAAP votebank)

        kkk – kala kawa kejdibaal:
        > politics of negativity (सब चोर हैं, सब ख़राब हैं, सब मिले हुए हैं)
        > politics of subsidy (free this, free that)
        > politics of appeasement. (“अल्लाह की कसम ” – in Varanasi to incite Muslim voters.)
        > politics of opportunity (dump CM post to take PM post.)
        > politics of trying to eat-your-cake-and-have-it-too. (asked LG NOT to dissolve the house when leaving Delhi. After defeat, started blaming LG of not dissolving the house.)
        > politics of double-speak (अपने बच्चे IIT में, दूसरों के बच्चे आंदोलन में??? 2> ‘बच्चों की कसम बीजेपी कांग्रेस से समझोता नहीं करेंगे ‘.)
        > politics of deceit (no referendum for taking govt amenities, leaving govt. etc.)
        > politics of exaggeration/lies (ambani gas price will increase inflation in India. in 49 days, corruption was removed from Delhi, all were getting water electricity etc etc)
        > politics of FAT govt. (permanent jobs to all)
        > politics of no-policy whatsoever. (any policy on comm? indst? env? etc.)
        > politics of greed. (hogging official-bungalow after resigning)

        पाप पार्टी सबको गन्दी गन्दी गालीयां देती है, और साथ में कहती है की दुसरे लोग अभद्र भाषा का प्रयोग कर रहे हैं|
        पाप पार्टी सबको चोर कहती है, और साथ में कहती है की दुसरे लोग नेगेटिव प्रचार कर रहे हैं |
        ये सब नीति आशीष खेतान की बनाई हुई है | वो पहले कांग्रेस का दलाल था, और पैसा लेके उनके लिए MMS बनाता था (तहलका में एक गन्दा रिपोर्टर था) |

        अगर केजरीवाल की बीजेपी वाली हालात होती तो वो EVM मे गड़बड़ी की शिकायत कर के धरने पर बैठ जाता… मगर मोदी जी ने सबसे पहले उसे फ़ोन करके जीत की बधाई दी और केंद्र से पूरी मदद का भरोसा दिया… असली इंसान और नौटंकीबाज मे यही फर्क होता है..मोदी का दीवाना आज भी हूँ और हमेशा रहूँगा !!

        युगपुरूष केजरीवाल जी अगर कहीँ ‘हल्का’ होने भी बैठ जाए तो उनके साथ 4,5 पाँच आपिए ‘धरना होगा’ समझकर बैठ जाते है…. वो तो जब युगपुरूष जी ‘धोने के लिए’ ‘पानी की बोतल’ माँगते है तब पता चलता है की वो ‘धरने के लिए’ नहीँ ‘करने के लिए’ बैठे हैँ।

        लैपटॉप चो.र – ईमानदार ……….
        अन्ना कार्ड स्कीम वाला – ईमानदार ………….
        प्रधानमंत्री बनने भागने वाला – ईमानदार ………
        कांग्रस से सेटिंग करने वाला — ईमानदार ……..
        आतंकवादियों से चंदा लेने वाला – ईमानदार ……..
        बच्चो की झूंटी कसम खाने वाला – ईमानदार …….
        शीला को बचाने वाला –ईमानदार ……….
        लाल बत्ती की गाड़ी न लेने / लेने वाला – ईमानदार …………
        आठ कमरों का सरकारी बांग्ला न लेने / लेने वाला – इमानंदार …………
        वाराणसी से चंदा खाकर भागने वाला – ईमानदार ……….
        २०००० का लंच / डिनर करवाने वाला – ईमानदार ………
        इनकम टैक्स में नौकरी करने वाला – ईमानदार ……………………

        एक ये ही ईमानदार …….बाकी सारी दुनिया — अवसरवादी और बेईमान ………….
        धन्य हो बाबा हरिश्चंदर आप —- धन्य हैं आपके चेले ……………. लगता है भगवान ने अवतार ले लिया

        • @Rajeev:
          It is not as I dont understand your emotions, I also donated to AAP, though today I want refund of my hard earned money.
          But I dont agree with your opinions. I mean, its not like I like YY or dislike AK, because of who said what and what other person thinks – but what I learnt from YY himself speaking in public – liking the principles. I liked when they talked about transparency, accountability and swaraj. Not when they about about if Mr. XX and Ms. YY is cooler than Mr. AA and Ms. BB.
          Its stupid to talk about people because people change every moment, and its stupid to feel deceived by such as we have no idea what experiences they are facing. So we should not be fascinated by people and personalities but by principles and ideology. Infact, they volunteers who have not given up hope are those who are fighting for ideology, those who are there because they think so and so is a role model are the one hurt the most – but imo this will help them mature and find their own ideology instead of feeling heartburnt forever.

          • well, lets cut the crap out, it is all about money, so just focus there. I sent them few emails to return my donation money last year, got no response. I am ready to file a public interest litigation on the these guys for ‘cheating’ by creating a ‘perception’ and hiding the ‘fine print’.
            Are you and others willing to come together to demand return of our hard earned money?
            even if i do not get my money back, i am hopeful that it will create awareness and stop them from looting others. but i will try very hard to get the money back.

            _are you with me?
            _can we come together and demand our money back?

            note: on our capital ‘masseha’ chichodia, has made carores of rs in ‘ONE’ year ! who is spending the money? and how? I want to know.

      • However (as a silver lining or consolation or whatever) AAP is still the most accountable as compared to other parties and things are debated/disputed more just like a bad democracy.
        So in a way, like one eyed man in the kingdom of blind, some part of the work of volunteers who wanted clean politics, has survived in a minute sense.
        The ones who will hurt the party most are those who defend the indefensible in the party – like imo defending them not taking any woman minister in the party… I hope many people will take another look at the issue as now blind faith on trust will turn to vigilance on ideals, as it should be.
        Who knows, this might be the best thing that happens to AAP, and sacrificing a YY or a PB might be worth it. Too bad for martyrs though(Evil maniacal selfish laugh).

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