TIMES NOW has accessed documents that detail the Aam Aadmi Party’s global ‘jetsetting’ since they came into power in the national capital. The documents highlight eight foreign trips that the AAP top brass—along with their subordinates— have undertaken since February 2015.
Here are details of some the eight global travel tours that expose how the Delhi Ministers and leaders of the AAP were ready to go abroad at even the slightest pretext.
August 11, 2015 to August 15, 2015: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited Sao Paulo with a 4 member delegation to attend a one day event to be held there. However, the documents accessed by TIMES NOW show that Sisodia spent two days in Rio De Janeiro. Secondly, while the Deputy Chief Minister had the choice to fly directly to Sao Paulo, he chose to spend 2 days at Rio De Janeiro instead. After the Sao Paulo visit, Sisodia took a 2-day break to visit the Iguazu Falls and visited Argentina as well.
Meanwhile in Delhi: The first dengue death was reported in the national capital in second week of August, 2015. The first week of August had seen a sudden spurt of dengue cases in New Delhi. 830 cases of dengue were reported in month of August 2015, the highest number in a month since 2010.
March 17, 2016 to March 20, 2016: Manish Sisodia, accompanied by his personal secretary, embarked on a 3 day trip to London to attend a conference. Sisodia’s London trip was based on an invite by India Forum Student Union President of LSE. According to the documents accessed by TIMES NOW, an amount of Rs 4 lakh was spent by Delhi Government on the trip, when usually, such trips are sponsored by the host agencies.
Meanwhile in Delhi: National capital was put on high alert after reports that around eight to ten terrorists could have infiltrated into India. NSG commandos were deployed.
May 30, 2016 to June 3, 2016: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister visited Berlin to attend the German Habitat Forum 2016 held there. This time, Sisodia was accompanied by his principal secretary. As per documents accessed by TIMES NOW, Sisodia extended his trip by two days to visit Amsterdam and Paris and an amount of over Rs 12 lakh was spent on the Amsterdam – Berlin – Paris trip. Sisodia travelled business class at the cost of the Delhi government. After his return from the conference, no report was made available to public.
Meanwhile in Delhi: Two racial attacks reported against the African community living in the national capital.
September 2nd, 2015 to September 3, 2015: AAP leader Ashish Khetan was invited for a study tour to Manchester in the United Kingdom. However, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain too accompanied him. As per the documents accessed by TIMES NOW, Satyendar Jain flew first class on his international flight there. The Minister even spent two extra days in London to study ‘best practices’.
Meanwhile in Delhi: Over dengue 1,800 cases were reported in Delhi till the second week of September. The total number of cases of dengue fever touched 1,259, which was the highest since 2015
October 25, 2015 to October 29, 2015: A ten-member delegation from the AAP government travelled to Sweden on a casual invitation from Sweden Ambassador for a study tour. As per practice, around four members are part of such delegations. Part of this delegation included Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Delhi Minister Gopal Rai, Rai’s assistant. According to the documents accessed by TIMES NOW, the Delhi government spend over Rs. 22 lakhs on their travels to Sweden. While most members of the delegation travelled by first class, the two Delhi ministers travelled by business class—far from the economically class that the country’s aam aadmi commutes by.
Meanwhile in Delhi: Delhi was a victim of the worst outbreak of dengue since the year 1996. The death toll in the national capital had crossed 30. Delhi hospitals struggled to accommodate patients and to keep the danger of dengue away