A party which is considered a child in the Indian politics is all geared up to contest the general elections 2014. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has launched its manifesto for the elections, which covers all the concerned issues that the party has always raised and demanded in the past. The manifesto has similar points that were the part of its Delhi assembly elections manifesto.
1.Jan Lokpal Bill and an end to corruption: The enactment of the Jan Lokpal Bill is the most important and highlighted feature of the party’s manifesto. The bill that was the main reason behind the formation, victory in the Delhi assembly polls, and dissolution of the AAP government, is one of the most-talked about features of its manifesto. The bill is conceived as the Ombudsman that will help curb corruption in the country. Though, other political parties are also showing their concerns over the corruption issue in their manifesto, AAP has a more positive and stricter approach towards it. AAP seems determined on this as it is the one which actually sheds light on it along with Jan Lokpal Bill.
2. Healthcare concerns: The party has introduced “Right to Healthcare” Bill in their manifesto, which focuses on adequate, essential, and quality healthcare to every Indian citizen. The party believes that a serious illness can even make a family face serious financial downturn. Providing all essential drugs on a regular basis and making it mandatory for private health providers to follow a charter of patients’ right, are also two promising features in the manifesto. The party has taken a commendable step towards a dream of building a healthy nation, but how far it goes is yet to be seen. Other governments have also tried to impart good medical facilities in the country, which includes providing the life saving drugs at subsidised rates to the general public.
3. Targeting Youth: The party has not diverted its focus from the youth whom it has always encouraged, focused and targeted in its political agenda. The party offers to create decent employment opportunities for the young people in the different sectors of the economy. The party has also proposed to reduce the age to contest polls from 25 to 21. According to the party, if a person can marry at the age of 21, he can also take part in the elections and take care of the constituency. The party has made an appealing move towards the youth, but the age factor which the party has shown concern for, seems doubtful. The other political parties have criticised AAP, stating that running a government is no child’s play; after AAP failed to continue its government in Delhi. With such opposing views and blames, AAP’s offer to reduce the contestant’s age in elections, may face disapproval from the opposition.
4. Abolishing gender and communal biases: To focus on women voters, the party promises to offer a non-bias society. Complete eradication of female infanticide, better employment opportunities for women, and 33% reservation for women in Parliament, are a few such promises that the party has offered to charm the women population. The party has also tried to attract the Muslim voters by offering them a reservation policy in SC category, affordable and quality education for poor Muslim children , and to put an end to harassment by police in false cases against Muslims. The party’s concerns for women and Muslims are not unique and distinctive; a lot of other political parties have also offered the similar promises to increase their vote bank. Therefore, there is hardly any newness in the party’s claim for providing gender and communal equality.
5. Media policy: AAP has also targeted the media, which is considered as the fourth pillar of democracy. The party wishes to regulate the media, by curbing the ‘paid news’. It believes that the ‘paid media’ violates the basic professional and media ethics, and requires a fairness. It plans to bring a transparency regarding the ownership and stake of the media houses. Media plays an important role in setting up a political framework for any political party. AAP’s relationship with the media is on decline from the last few months and another pin pointing in that direction may further affect AAP’s repute and durability in the political arena.
Reference: AAP National Manifesto 2014
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