New Delhi, 6 January
Public criticism of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal taking two five-room duplex flats on Bhagwan Das Road forced the Delhi Chief Minister to reverse his decision, but there are several wealthy AAP members who are ready to give away their houses dirt cheap for the party.
One such person is a feisty Sikh from Delhi who has given his bungalow at Hanuman Road near Connaught Place to AAP for a rent of just Rs 1 per month.
Harjeet, former regional director of South Asia for French MNC, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, became a member of AAP when it was launched a year back. and has given his bungalow at 41, Hanuman Road on rent to AAP. Singh and his wife, like many other AAP members do not don the Nehru topi that has become the symbol of association with the party. Nonetheless, they identify with the mission that the party has ventured to accomplish.
Singh and his family are staying in a flat in Rajouri Garden. When asked if he will seek an AAP ticket, he promptly said, “no”. “I just want to work for the party and nothing else,” he said.
Till some time ago, Singh was just like anybody else. What mattered was the amount of money he took home. He had a cushy job with an MNC which had an annual turnover of 24 billion Euros or Rs 2 lakh crore. What changed him was the India Against Corruption movement that Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal started. After being associated with IAC, he joined AAP a year back after quitting his MNC job. Now he and his family are active members of AAP.
Re 1 is the token amount for rent that is being collected by Harjeet for his bungalow. The actual rent would work out to be Rs 5 lakh per month. “All the members of our family are members of the AAP. We are seriously involved in the process of changing the way our country runs that was started by AAP and will continue to do so in future,” said Singh. Singh said the bungalow was bought for Rs 5 crore ten years ago and it would be more than twice that now. Ramandeep Kaur, Singh&’s wife, said the house was not “safe” for living and they were looking for a tenant. “A BJP leader had illegally occupied the bungalow while it was vacant and we had to go to court to get it back. We got to know that AAP is also looking for an accommodation. So we offered them our bungalow,” said Mrs Kaur.