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Sunil Kumar Lal, of Lucknow, who has designed the Aam Aadmi Party logo claims that he has never transferred the copyright to the party and disillusioned with the developments within the party, has resigned from his membership as well as revoked permissions for the party to use the logo in the future.

Sunil Kumar claims that he, along with other volunteers had supported the party with one ambition - to free India of corruption. He says that the dreams of volunteers are attached to the logo and he cannot bear to see it used as the backdrop of toxic politics.

Read full letter here:

AAP Resignation & Logo Revoke

It is unclear where the law stands on this and I am asking a few people for their opinion. I will update here. Regardless, this is yet another way Aam Aadmi Party volunteers are resisting a hijack of control over their party. I had mentioned earlier that even if there was a conspiracy behind AAP, it would prove difficult to implement because of volunteers.

Update: I asked Apar Gupta, a litigator with experience in areas of intellectual property and technology whether Sunil Kumar can invoke his copyright to refuse Aam Aadmi Party the use of their logo and he says "will need to be litigated. Will depend on the existence and the terms of the transfer deed."

https://twitter.com/aparatbar/status/585665115908919296

Earlier, another AAP volunteer, Kundan Sharma, who had given the blue Wagon R that Arvind Kejriwal used to use had asked for it to be returned. Outlook reports that Kumar Vishwas had said that it could be returned to him, if he wanted it. Dissenting volunteers had on and off been demanding refunds of donations and more.

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AAP volunteer Milan Gupta has filed an RTI with the Election Commission and obtained the National Council Members list that Aam Aadmi Party should have published on their website and has not. Milan Gupta has made the list public.

Milan Gupta, a worker of Aam Aadmi Party has released the National Council member list that Aam Aadmi Party has not put up on its website and is calling out to supporters of Aam Aadmi Party to urge them to attend the National Council meeting and strive to save the party from its imminent sabotage. His video explains his credentials in the party (since anyone raising questions is termed as a BJP agent these days) and his message. The list follows below.

Making the AAP National Council official list public:Volunteers reveal what the office hides. ( http://goo.gl/4BIsLG )
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1) First image: is a scan of reply received from Election Commission asking the names of persons who came together to form AAP and AAP's date of formation.

(You should know that Article IV-F-a of AAP constitution mentions that "All those who come together to form the Party and are present in the first meeting of the Party, shall form the first National Council of the Party.")

Reply received says: Date of formation is 24.11.2012 and the names of persons required are in 957 pages of records. It can be obtained on payment of Rs 1914/-.

2) Second image : is the bundle of 957 pages of certified records that I received from Election Commission today after the payment. You are free to inspect these records for yourself at my address.

3) http://goo.gl/4BIsLG : The list of National Council members culled out from these records is on this public link now. It contains 295 National Council members only.

These papers will also be kept in front of the venue of National Council meeting on 28th March for anyone to inspect.

Milan Gupta
306,Plot 39B, Santosh Apartments,
Sector 6, Dwarka,
New Delhi -75
Election Commission reply to Milan Gupta's RTI seeking list of Members of National Council
Election Commission reply to Milan Gupta's RTI seeking list of Members of National Council

List of names:

Name
Arvind Kejriwal
Pankaj Gupta
Krishna Kant Sevada
Yogendra Yadav
Shanti Bhushan
Yogesh Dahiya
Vishvas Kumar Sharma @ Dr Kumar Vishwas
Manish Sisodia
Prashant Bhushan
Naveen JaiHind
Kishor Asthana
Mehmood Khan
Shazia Ilmi
Surender Singh
Rahul Mehra
K K Niyogi
Surajit Das Gupta
Vinita Deshmukh
Ajit Jha
Gopal Rai
Sanjay Singh
Mayank Gandhi
Madhu Bhaduri
Tapan Misra
Sanjay Kansal
Hubung Payong
Somnath Bharti
Sharad Singh Kumre
Waman R More
Kamal Shrivastav
Dedhia Chandubhai
Pratyush Kumar
Deepak Sane
Shailendra Kushwaha
Ved Prakash Balryia
Preeti Sharma
Sanjay Babubhai Parmar
Sandeep Nagori
Indra Vikram Singh
Jai Prakash
Kiran Upkare
Ibrahin Alimuddin Khan
Subhash Ware
Shweta Agarwal
R C Pathak
Vilas Rajput
Yogesh Manikrao Kanekar
Savarkar Ambrish
Rajesh Kumar Pugliya
Devendra Chandrasen Wankhede
Prafful Vora
Vidyadhar doshi
Nidhi Chandresh Trivedi
Vithal L Satav
Dr. Girdhar S Patil
Chandrakant Suvama
Neeta Sukhatanker
Vijayshree Khanivadekar
Ravi P Srivastava
Thakar S Bhaviben
Akshay Hunka
Manju Jain
Jagdish Parmar
Prahlad Pandey
Vinay Kadam
Bipul Dey
Alpana Malik
Mohammad Azad
Arun Kumar
Chandra Kala
Rajender Pal
Gopal Mohan
Aruna Singh
Shimla Shri
Archana
Dr. Mahesh vikram Singh
Vishal Sharma
Yogesh Kumar
Gyanendra
Iliaz Azmi
Yogesh Kumar S/o Sh Anand
Vaibhav
Satyendra
Sudhir Bhardwaj
Araresh Bajpai
Gaya Singh
Amarendra
Omendra Bharat
Moolchand
Sharad Raghuvanshi
Mehek Singh
Neena Jain
Manoj S/o SoorajBahn
Dr. Prem S Pahari
Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay
Ram Sumer
Dr. Atul Gupta
Cap. Srinivasalu Mekala
Pranjal Bordoloy
Anupama Sethy
Ratilal S Desai
Kishor N Desai
Parmar Pitambar
Mukesh Phoolchand Kothari
Gurpreet Singh Uppal
Sameer Sharma
Namrata Sharma
G Ranjith Kumar
Dr. R C Jaggi
Krishna K Solanki
Deep
Basant Hetamsariya
Rajendri w/o Tara Chand
Desh Raj
Sandeep Sandal
Salil Kumar
Hesamuddin Ansari
Dhiraj Kumar
Dharmendra Kumar
Anand Kumar
Suryadeb Pra Singh
Manjul Mayank Srivastava
Pradeep Kumar Singh
Dinesh Kumar Singh
Sunil Kumar Chipde
Neeraj Kumar
Rajendra Paswan
Ramnath Singh
Anup Singh
Rahul Gupta
Angesh Kumar
Gourav Singh
Sarita Singh
Kuldeep
Sushil Chauhan
Ruchika Manaktala
Ravi Shankar
Avinash Kumar Singh
Kuldeep Mudgil
Praveen Deshmukh
Maqsood Ul Hasan
Mohinder Goyal
Gobind Ram Choudhary
Shashi Kant Kumar
Shaleen Mitra
Madhuri Kashyap
Suryakant
Anil Kumar
Mohit Sharma
Shri Bhagwan
Kamlesh
Sakshi
Rajnish Verma
Neha
Munindra Singh
Satish Pandey
Ramniwas Gupta
Praveen Kumar Gupta
Narender Rathi
Sahajanand Rai
Rajesh Rishi
Omkar Shukla
Krishan Kumar Yadav
Jitendra Sharma
Nirupama Singh
Dimple Solanki
Bandana Kumari
Rajeev Kasewa
Ameek Ahmed
Dr. M. H. Ghazali
Rajesh Sharma
Asna Nausheen
Surinder Kumar
Devendra Sehrawat
Lenin
Praenjit Chakraborty
Harish Chandra Mane
Ajay Saxena
Ramesh Chandra
Anand Kumar Samal
Sayantan Panda
Narayan Manjhi
Diptiman Chattopadhyay
Chandra Mohan
Jahir Hussain
Upendra
Satish Sharma
Mohan Prasad
Rajesh Sharma
Narendra Singh
Christina Samy
Dhanada Kanta Mishra
Sumit Bhattacharjee
Prince Kumar Pathak
Krishna Moorthi
Harjot Singh Bains
Baljit Singh
Bhupendra Singh
Shahnaz Akhtar
Ramesh Kumar
Rajesh Jakhar
Dharam Veer Singh
Rajeev Godara
Lalit Kumar
Gurnaam Singh
Kuldeep Singh
Madan Puri
Ramjan
Sarita Oswal
Shankar Soni
Kirti Pathak
Gopi Lal
Prahlad Singh
Dr. Rakesh Parikh
Kuldeep
Prashant Kumar Ranasingha
Vijay Singh
Jafruddin
Sunil Agiwal
Ashok Talwar
Naveen Jeratha
Harinder Singh
Pawan Kumar
Ashawant Gupta
Shailendra Kumar
Ashok Kumar
Budha Nilesh Kumar
Naveen Kumar Mishra
Dalip Singh
Shivender Pratap Singh
Yusujaypehan Impiyakhan
Ratnesh Gupta
Rajesh Omprakash Mittal
Rajesh Mehta
Ashutosh Dutt
Ashish Garg
Anandaganeshan
Aravind Anand
Ashok Aggarwal
Anjali Damania
Avinish Sinha
Ankit Krishna Lal
Banamwar Sahu
Chegena Jee Chandra Sekhar
Dinesh Babulal Vaghela
Diwan Singh
Deepak Raj
Dilip Kumar Pandey
Durgesh Kumar
Gaurav Singh
Gunjan Kumar
Kuldeep
Kamaraj
Mamta Patra
Mangesh Dayaneshwar
Maruti Bhapkar
Manju Devi
Nishikant Mahapatra
Naresh Sharma
Naushar Ali
Naved
Narendra Kumar
Pawan Kumar
Pawan Kumar Pandey
Prithvi Reddy
Prabhakar Thyagrajan
Prashant
Praveen Kumar Gupta
Rahul Pandey
Ranjan Kumar Sahu
Rakesh Kumar Sinha
Raj Kumar Mishra
Sudesh Kumar Verma
Shailender
Subodh Sethi
Sanjeev Kumar Singh
Satish Pandey
Shyam Kumar
Sharwan Kumar
Sushil Kumar Kasyap
Siddhartha Sharma
Vinod Fotedar
Valmiki Nayak
Vipin Mittal
Vivek
Virendra Singh
Vandana
Vicky Sharma
Vikas Pandey
Laxman Singh
Manish Kumar
Abid Ullah Khan
Peeyush Nashine
Dinesh Mohaniya
Deepak Sarin

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Dear friends,

I had supported Aam Aadmi Party before the Delhi Elections, and now again before the Lok Sabha Elections, and as this stint of support comes to a close, there are a few hard truths (at least truths according to me) that need to be said.

Firstly and most importantly, this is a categoric defeat for Aam Aadmi Party at the polls. We can use platitudes like saying even one or two AAP politicians in the Parliament will make a difference. We can point to BJP's meager two seats the first time it contested elections, this does not change the fact that Aam Aadmi Party has lost horrendously.

There are four AAP MPs now, and that is always a good thing, but let us not fool ourselves or anyone that BJP's two seat show the first time it contested was anything but defeat either. We are talking about an increased vote share in Delhi, a good showing in Punjab. What no one is talking about is that AAP had put up candidates NATIONWIDE. From winning slightly less than half the seats contested in Delhi, AAP has dropped to winning 1% of seats it contested - none of whom had a role in National leadership or even campaigned outside their areas. Not a single AAP public figure won. This has a lot of feedback, if you are not busy not looking at it.

Naturally, the fight was tougher. There were more parties in the fray, the stakes were higher, the media was more biased....  we can list out the difficulties. Perhaps some candidates will get disqualified and some more AAP people may get in. Still, for every 100 seats contested, AAP won 1. This, by no means is a reflection of the voice of the people. This already fails at the "bhrasht raajneeti ukhad ke phek denge" campaign talk.

Still worse was to talk down the nationwide efforts and throw down the gauntlet at Varanasi and Amethi to make what was till then a contest of values into a clash between personalities. I am not talking of the decision to field strong candidates against strong leaders - that was important, but the decision to make the whole fight boil down to the two seats - Varanasi and Amethi.

The strategy of covering as many seats as possible failed too. It spread resources too thin, perhaps. Money, volunteers, candidates.

Those seats are lost. The damage that did to party prospects nationwide cannot be replaced in another five years. AAP didn't make it as a National Party. The loudest AAP voices did not get into the Parliament - which both Kumar Vishwas and Arvind Kejriwal would have, if they had contested from where their strength was, instead of chasing targets to take down. There would be more seats won, if the focus was spread nationwide. This is, by no means a small price to pay in terms of morale for a party that operates on a shoestring budget and whose volunteers often braved physical assault, injury and death to hold it high.

To me, this signifies a comprehensive leadership failure, even as the volunteers worked their hearts out.

The focus on vote banks - particularly by communities instead of livelihoods alone, as in the Delhi elections allowed room for far more skilled established parties to play completely on their home turf. This undoubtedly contributed to BJP's landslide victory as well. People lost touch with what they thought AAP was in the prime time leading to the elections.

This will have an impact on the upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections as well, because BJP WILL capitalize on this win with an immediate call for elections. That vacuum that no one wanted to touch after the AAP govt quit is gone. Far more work will be needed to capture that space back.

It was a gamble. A gamble that failed with far reaching consequences for the party. In my view, the party leadership including Arvind Kejriwal should step down, and new role holders elected with consent from core AAP leaders. Candidates, state convenors, key workers should be consulted. Perhaps Arvind Kejriwal may still get elected as National convenor, but he should step down and be considered on the basis of merit.

When I suggested this on Twitter, many were of the opinion that there are no other suitable leaders. This, incidentally is the argument both BJP and Congress had for never looking beyond Modi and Rahul Gandhi. If AAP is a people's movement without people's leaders, then it probably should forget about being a National Party. But I don't think that is the case, just like it isn't with the Congress party. There are leaders, if the party is willing to look beyond the usual suspects. There is also nothing preventing existing leaders to come back in their roles with the agreement of the party, but that democracy must be enacted before it is claimed for the country.

This opportunity should also be used to step back from the Nationwide hurry to expand (since it is a lot of time before another national election now) and a more robust organization should be built, with more leaders and role holders nominated so that mistakes of this election are not repeated in the Assembly elections to follow.

Role holders cannot be selected for inspiration alone. You need better strategists, better students of policy, thinkers, workers, leaders, organizers..... Arvind Kejriwal cannot be everything. Part of his failure also was he was doing too much to sustain. It simply was not possible for one person to do with any efficiency, and there appeared to be no one else. It is time the party grew to decentralize responsibility that converges on the goals rather than people and the goals need to be revisited as well. Does the journey so far indicate need to drop anything, add anything, refine something?

This defeat should be a lesson, if Aam Aadmi Party is to live up to its name. The people need to know exactly what they will get, and accusations of corruptions against parties and business houses ain't it. AAP needs to see where their talk of Swaraj moved to Ambani and Adani. When their talk of distance from communal politics became about kudrat ka karishma and eeshwar, allah, wahe guru. AAP needs to find itself.

I used to say this often, before stopping making suggestions when they stopped being taken. AAP cannot afford to get derailed. AAP has an agenda to represent people and take up their fundamental needs as a political agenda. That cannot be deviated from, for God, religion, community, scam, political targets or anything, if AAP has to survive.

But then that is a decision for you to take as a party. As an observer who has often stood shoulder to shoulder with your volunteers, I can only say what it looks like from where I am standing.

If the tall claims and nationwide reach and big talk hadn't happened, I do think 4 MPs is a good start. In any case, it always beats not having any MPs in Parliament.

But if Aam Aadmi Party is not to be a one night wonder, brutal as it sounds, it needs to go back to the basics and build up from there again.

Good luck, and I hope we walk together again, if I see Aam Aadmi Party, a worthy party being discriminated against by media and feel compelled to raise my voice to resist the imbalance.

Vidyut

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If one were to hear the Congress criticism of BJP, one would imagine that misuse of state machinery is a BJP trait with all the snoop gate and fake encounters. Yet what happened in Amethi is hardly different.

After a month of routine attacks by Congress workers on Aam Aadmi Party volunteers, the end of campaigning before the polling saw a new phase of enlightenment. Congress fell back to its classic tactic. Weaponizing state machinery. I have remarked before, that if BJP's targets suffer violence from supposedly unaffiliated random Senas and Dals, people Congress targets find themselves on the wrong side of the law from the complaints of anyone except the Congress. We saw it when Kapil Sibal did an about turn on his attempt to control free speech two years ago. A random lawyer still got the "objectionable content" he had a problem with banned through courts. The Janlokpal Andolan saw similar moves. Now it is the same in Amethi.

The Amethi police woke up to the Representation of the People Act last night. The act says, “the presence of political functionaries, party workers, procession functionaries and campaign functionaries etc who have been brought from outside the constituency and who are not voters of the constituency, should not continue to remain present in the constituency as their continued presence after campaign ends may undermine the atmosphere for free and fair poll.’

In a bizarre twist of interpretation, they have interpreted it to mean all AAP supporting non-voters in Amethi. Whether they are party functionaries and campaigners or not. Including Kumar Vishwas's family, which isn't there merely to campaign, but have actually moved to Amethi, with his daughters enrolled in the local school. Sanctimonious Congressis are giving the example of how Siddaramaiah had to leave the Mysore constituency quite forgetting that he was also CM and promoting his party. Did every Congressi non-voter leave Mysore?

Police demanding that Dr. Kumar Vishwas's family leave Amethi in the middle of the night
Police demanding that Dr. Kumar Vishwas's family leave Amethi in the middle of the night

Late last night, the police cars blared on loudspeakers outside Kumar Vishwas' home asking all non-voters in his family to leave urgently or they would be arrested - including his wife and sister who have moved to Amethi with him and are now residents, even if not voters and not functionaries in the party.

When quick thinking AAP supporters alerted the media to the unfolding drama, the channels arrived, and the police slunk away. The police returned with their threats as soon as the channels left. Clearly the police did not want to be recorded with their illegal demands and creative thinking around not arresting women at night, merely trying to bully them into leaving home in the night. The channels left and the police returned and so far, other than stray reports in one or two people, media has most cooperatively managed to not see what the police did not want to show them.

The police on their part are claiming to carry out the Election Commission's orders, which raises questions about the neutrality and competence of the Election Commission in Amethi, since the orders seem to be directed at only one party.

In my opinion, this points to a larger conspiracy in Amethi, and the BJP silence bodes ill for Varanasi. An issue of this magnitude being carried out with such impunity and confidence about lack of objections by anyone except target, in my eyes indicates every possibility of a a reciprocal arrangement.

AAP MLA Akhilesh Pati Tripathi from Model Town was arrested.

AAP volunteers at police station on 6th morning
AAP volunteers at police station on 6th morning

Police confiscated the booth bags from volunteers in Aam Aadmi Party's Mohanganj office at 11:20 in the night and arrested 9 volunteers, at least one of whom updated that they were sleeping on the floor of the police station.

AAP volunteers in Amethi jail
AAP volunteers in Amethi jail

SDM of Mohanganj in Amethi has picked us up from our AAP office (where we were sleeping) in Mohanganj and has detained me and 9 other AAP members @ 2320 saying we are violating model code of conduct. We r @ Police Station sleeping on floor.

There have been reports of police taking away phones of anyone they saw trying to record the police actions at Kumar Vishwas's home.

Even as cars are parked outside the Munshiganj guest house where Congress functionaries and workers from outside the constituency are staying, even as AAP volunteers reported that a car involved in an attack on AAP workers was seen parked outside the Munshiganj guest house, it appears that the Amethi police do not expect the Representation of People Act to apply to the Congress. Nor has the exercise been repeated at the BJP offices. As with BJP not attacking Congress in Varanasi, Congress does not appear to be attacking BJP in Amethi, though they will, of course deny being hand in glove.

This leads me to wonder if a similar exercise will be carried out in Varanasi. Aam Aadmi Partywould do well to anticipate the tactic being repeated and be prepared to manage their presence in such an eventuality.

Here is a WhatsApp post from a volunteer in Amethi:

पुलिस कुमार भईया के घर पे है और कह रही है
भाभी को अमेठी से
जाना पड़ेगा क्योंकि उनके पास
अमेठी का voter id
नहीं है # 144InAmethi ..क्या स्मृति ईरानी ,राहुल
गाँधी और प्रियंका गाँधी के पास
है ...CONGRESS HAI HAI.
Hum b girefdari denge chahe jaan chle jaaye गिरफ्तारी सुरु हो चुकी है 10 आम
आदमी कार्यकर्ताओ को गिरफ्तार
किया गया ,मॉडल टाउन के विधयक
को भी गिरफ्तार किया गया पुलिस ने बूथ बैग
अपने कब्जे मे किये... Police back at @DrKumarVishwas' for
arresting his
wife. # 144inAmethi ...CONGRESS HAI
HAI Dr. Kumar Vishwas
रात 11 बजे पुलिस वाले मेरे अमेठी आवास पर
आए हैं, और उनका कहना है कि आपके घर में
जितने लोग ठहरे हुए हैं, यदि वो अमेठी के वोटर
नहीं हैं, तो उनको गिरफ्तार किया जाएगा।
मेरे यह कहने पर, कि मेरी पत्नी और मेरी बहनें
यहाँ हैं, उनका क्या? प्रशासन का कहना है
कि यदि अभी के अभी घर
खाली नहीं किया गया, तो उन्हें
भी गिरफ्तार कर लिया जाएगा।
मैं एक सवाल पूछता हूँ - मुंशीगंज गेस्ट हाउस में
सैकड़ों कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ता हैं, क्या प्रशासन
मुंशीगंज गेस्ट हॉउस खाली करवाने का साहस
कर सकता है?

Another person, on reading the updates from Amethi commented:

Though I was about to sleep and thought I won't msg about political msgs... I felt compelled to write...  Specially those who think Aap is B team of any other pol party why such nonsense is happening?

I have kept an stand of on observer but this seems too undemocratic. I know many of us have already voted... This Msg is specially for making you think - where exactly we're heading as a democracy, are we really a democracy, are these netas not goons in white clothes... Are we still going to say cons are good, are we still going to say "Ab ki bar.. "

Why beat your fellow citizens, why misuse power.... Had these netas done their job well, this situation won't have arrived.

A request - just think - ain't intentions of Aap genuine?

A part of me is glad that this happened. The more BJP targeted AAP in Benares, the more their support eroded. This happening before the election day is news that spreads fast and will hopefully add the final nail to the Congress coffin in a fiefdom of entitlement without duties.

The media reporting or not reporting anything doesn't make any difference to locals who see what is going on. The attacks, the impunity, the uneven misuse of state machinery, the man who lived among them for months and moved his children to the local school, and the prince who ruled them for so long without denting their "backward district" image.

Voiceless voters have a way of devastating those with voice at the polling booths, the one place they can hit back with impunity.

[I thank over a dozen willing volunteers who painstakingly emailed me updates and sources on the situation, since I was not able, and in the process, made this post possible. KRD Pravin, Kartik Kwatra, Richa Bharadwaj, Alka Harke, and others who sent in quick inputs on Twitter, which have since faded into its depths, but influenced this post, thank you.]