Indian poll politrics:: They now target Aam Admi Party!
-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
Common or Aam Aadmi people, who form the majority of vote banks in India, have been badly misused by the political parties to promote their corporatist private interests. Not only the common people are supposed to exercise their franchise to save “democracy”, but also come in big numbers to meetings where leaders address to outsmart their opponents and loot the resources.
Aam Admi Party emerged as the first ever party to take up the genuine interests of common people last year. After winning the Delhi polls, now it seeks mandate of people of India, disillusioned with political parties playing with them, to cleanse the nation’s politics, the disillusioned parties like Congress and BJP have begun targeting the new party by various usual gimmicks employed in Indian politrics.
The AAP government said it would launch a “pol khol” (expose) campaign against the BJP and Congress, the two most important national parties that have ruled India, to expose their “conspiracy” against the Delhi government.
Big parties are seeking to somehow contain the rise of AAP at national level. As Indian parliamentary poll is nearing, the national parties like Congress and BJP that have stakes in the national poll politics have now focused on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which was voted to power by Delhiites.
They make the same accusations they hurled against the party during the Delhi poll saying the Aam Aadmi Party has no history and experience. Delhi people elected the new, inexperienced part without big finances to govern them in t its own popular ways. They are misusing the AAP leaders to agitate against the party and CM Arvind Kejriwal.
It is obvious, once the election dates are announced there would be a stream of serious politicians among other anti-corruption people joining the AAP all over India, strengthening the roots of genuine democracy in India.
So, already, there is a deep rooted conspiracy to make AAP unpopular in the eyes of national India so as to make people do not throng towards the new party without any strong national infrastructure. People are generally impressed by the new party’s performance in the poll and post-poll governance of Delhi state.
As people lost hopes for corruption free governments both at the centre and states Aam Aadmi Party came as a boon for the common people of India.
Indian rulers and leaders just enjoy politics along with the benefits it offers and corruption and other crimes have come to stay in Indian political sphere. .
Most MPs and MLAs, if not all, who thrive by supporting the rich and corporate lords, do not want to get rid of rampant corruption harming the cause of common people.
In the December 2013 Delhi assembly elections, the AAP won 28 seats in the 70-member house and formed the government with the outside support of the Congress that had won eight seats.
The political parties had expected the new AAP also go ashtray by becoming a corrupt party like others. But the new party has its now new ethics in politics.
This worries our happy politicians who know all routes of wealth making.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has accused the BJP of trying to bribe some of its MLAs in a bid to topple its government in Delhi. The AAP alleged that Narendra Modi in collusion with Arun Jaitley was trying to topple the one-month government. AAP MLA Madan Lal in a press conference said he was offered Rs. 20 crore to be a part of the BJP government. Madal Lal said he got a call on December 7, 2013, from a international number saying that they wanted to fix a meeting with Arun Jaitley. He also alleged that a man approached him saying that he will be made the chief minister of Delhi if he could get another nine people to join the BJP.
Madal Lal refused to buy the BJP stuff. Arun Jaitley denied having tried to bribe Lal.
A Delhi legislator Vinod Kumar Binny, who began criticizing the Kejriwal leadership when he was denied a ministerial berth in Delhi government. Binny as later expelled from the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for anti-party activities, he and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal have threatened to withdraw support to the one-month-old government if it did not agree to their demands. The duo, who also announced launching of an independent political outfit, demanded the rollback of six-eight percent power rate surcharge, supplying daily 700 litres of water without any condition and probe against the corrupt people named by the party in its poll campaign.
Of AAP’s 28 lawmakers, one was elected speaker and another MLA, Binny was expelled for anti-party activities. Iqbal and an Independent extended support to the AAP in the assembly. They set a deadline of 48 hours for the AAP to fulfill the demands. “If our demands are not met, we will be forced to re-think the support we have given,” Iqbal said in a press conference.
Binny also claimed to have the support of three other legislators, including an Independent who had supported the AAP government during the crucial vote of trust.
Meanwhile, another disgruntled former diplomat and AAP founding member Mrs. Madhu Bhaduri quit the party with a blistering attack on what she called the Arvind Kejriwal- led outfit’s “anti-women attitude”. Her resignation came two days after she was allegedly heckled at AAP’s National Council meeting for seeking to move a resolution apologizing to the Ugandan women allegedly harassed by Law Minister Somnath Bharti in a midnight raid of a secret mignight house last month. “I am disappointed and disillusioned. The party said the matter will be investigated. When Arvind Kejriwal took oath, he said two things; one that people should neither give bribe nor accept it. And then he sang a song about humanity. But if humanity is the basis of this party, then what happened on the intervening night of January 15 and 16 was a big blow to humanity,” Bhaduri said, referring to the Khirki Extension raid. My issue is not whether Bharti should be removed or not. My issue is humanity. Women are human too but this party is not treating them like human beings,” Bhaduri added.
Bhaduri’s contention, however, found few takers even among the party’s women leaders. AAP MLA Bandana Kumari said the party is working on issues of female security and education. “We are working towards forming female/ mahila commando teams and female education is our priority. Also, we as women are free to say anything in the party. The party does not stop anyone from expressing their mind,” said Kumari. “Women are respected the most by the party,” fellow party member Ashutosh added.
Upon winning the Delhi poll, Aam Aadmi leader and CM Arvind Kejriwal has already begun fulfilling all poll promises.
AAP spokesperson Dilip Pandey also refuted allegations that Bhaduri was heckled at the National Council meet. She said something that the party did not agree with, and was not a part of the agenda of the meeting. Therefore, she was asked to stop as others were waiting for their turn to speak.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh said at a press conference that the Delhi government had fulfilled some of its assurances to the people and on the remaining it was taking steps to fulfill them. Sanjay Singh said the Delhi government has kept its poll promise on slashing electricity and water bills and on launching an anti-corruption landline. He said the BJP is worried about AAP’s popularity and the work done by the Arvind Kejriwal government. “Because of our anti-corruption helpline people are scared of taking bribes,” he said, adding that their demand for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the 1984 anti-Sikh riot was part of its poll promises. “For 30 years, Sikhs have not got justice. We promised a SIT, and now big leaders are worried what will happen.”
Sanjay Singh alleged that BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Harsh Vardhan and others “are trying their level best to pull down the AAP government. He alleged the protest by expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny and two other MLAs was part of a game-plan. He said the AAP has come to learn through “top secret source” that Jaitley in the coming days along with “media friends will try to tarnish the government. They will try to show bribe taking and take all steps to defame our government.” He said for the first time the people of Delhi feel some hope with the AAP government “but the BJP wants to stamp it out and pull down the government”.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members on February 04 protested outside BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s house following which BJP workers too hit back and held a counter-protest against the party, particularly targeting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last week read out his list of ‘India’s most corrupt’, and it included high profile politicians from the Congress, the BJP and their allies, and urged his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members to treat this year’s general election as a revolution to cleanse the nation’s politics. Kejriwal’s list included many leaders and politicians cutting across the political spectrum of the nation. BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Praful Patel, BS Yeddyurappa, Anant Kumar, Veerappa Moily, HD Kumaraswamy, Salman Khurshid, Annu Tandon, Tarun Gogoi, Kapil Sibal, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Pawan Bansal, Farooq Abdullah, sport meet manipulator Suresh Kalmadi, A Raja, Alagari, Kanimozhi, and Naveen Jindal.
Addressing a party meet ahead of discussions in the Delhi cabinet on the party’s proposed anti-graft Jan Lokpal Bill that seeks to punish corruption with a maximum sentence of life in jail, Kejriwal said: “Don’t let a single corrupt politician enter Parliament.” “We have not come to play politics; we have come to remove corruption. Our aim should be that not a single corrupt person exists in parliament,” he added. He further said they need to change all this as they have not come just to fight in the elections for minting money or making wealth for leaders. “The people of the country will fight this election. We are providing an option to the people of the country, and the country has to work to make sure that not one corrupt person is elected to parliament,” he added.
Government-people relations are shaped by the contemporary systemic trends like demographic change, water stress, resource competition, among many other factors.
The widening gap between people’s expectations and the capacity of governments to meet them is the outcome of harmful perceptions of selfish and greedy politicians.
Governments must realize that in today’s competitive environment, institutions and states that are not agile were condemned to becoming obsolete.
While seeking to address the problems the Delhiites and Indians face today, AAP should also consider debating feasibility of its projects in the light of possibilities available to it. It should also consider the ways of amending the present situations.
Delhi government should should unhesitatingly use all available resources for the people’s sake and uplift.
Anti-Common-man Party forces are now targeting the Delhi government and obviously they were expected to do it any time since the assumption of office by the Aam Aadmi party led the Delhi government.
These anti-people forces have been waiting impatiently to see AAP fail in delivering the poll promises. But they are disappointed as the Kejriwal government began fulfilling the pledges given the Delhiites one by one.
They had expected the Kejriwal and ministers would begin enjoy life, but the new leaders without any ruling experience began living simple life like ordinary people.
As far as inner party quarrels are concerned, such areas but natural in view of the present political situation when individuals enter politics to make money and so the AAP must have serious debate inside the party to sort out differences. Members should keep the people’s and state’s interests about personal ambitions.
AAP must reconsider if the demands placed by Binny, who is annoyed with Kejriwal for not making him a minister, really merits attention.
Consensus and positive considerations can resolve all problems amicably rather than rigidity. Where possible, accommodation should be preferred without harming the party ideals. Since people’s concerns are more importance than personal interests, none should aim to be at the helm of affairs permanently- a fact that all parties follow an at the cost of common people’s , nation’s genuine interests.
Aam Aadmi Party needs not entertain the corrupt and greedy elements but at the same time prefer people to should responsibilities who do not have personal or private interests in the party and unwilling to comprehend the party ideology which is entirely different form the routine ones now prevailing in the country.
Aam Admi Party is mandated to create a new political culture not just for Delhi but for the nation.
But one thing is certain: the common people in India are on the rise now!
Kejriwal ah snot yet began vising other state capitals to convey his message to Indian masses as MK Gandhi had it long ago.
AAP has a duty to assure the common masses of their place in India.
Time does not wait for any body, please!
د. عبد راف
Unfortunately, today there is not even on Muslim nation practicing truly Islamic faith.
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