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Aam Aadmi Party

About Aam Aadmi Party and its history

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was started by a first-time politician and had no connections with any age-old political party. The founders of the party were a part of the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement led by veteran activist Anna Hazare.The anti-corruption movement saw activists push for the enactment of the Jan Lokpal Bill, which had the provisions for investigation and trial of corruption cases against public servants. The agitation caught the entire country’s imagination. But differences arose between former IRS officer Arvind Kejriwal and his erstwhile mentor Anna Hazare over politically driving the anti-corruption movement. While the veteran Gandhian believed that his movement did not need be politicised, the likes of Kejriwal felt the need to be a part of the political system to bring about the desired change. Hence, they branched out of the social movement and formally launched the AAP on November 26, 2012. It got recognition from the Election Commission in March 2013.

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The AAP changed the face of Indian politics giving hope to the common man of becoming a game changer. Leading the party, Arvind Kejriwal transformed into a quintessential ‘Aam Aadmi’ fighting for the common man’s cause. Sending shock-waves across political circuits, the AAP emerged as a force to reckon with, after winning 28 of the 70 seats in the 2013 Delhi Assembly Elections and formed its government with outside support from the Indian National Congress (INC). On 28 December 2013, party founder Arvind Kejriwal was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of New Delhi.

Founder of AAP

New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, the epicentre of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement, saw the beginning of a revolution in 2011. A common man with an uncommon style took the government head-on and launched an unconventional political battle. Arvind Kejriwal, a former bureaucrat, is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. He served the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) before he shook a few pillars with his efforts to enact the Right to Information Act (RTI).

A recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, Kejriwal transformed AAP from a fringe player to a giant killer in its sensational debut in the New Delhi Assembly elections. However, what makes his victory sweeter is the fact that it took Kejriwal just a year to build AAP, and made its presence felt across the nation. The IITian defeated veteran Congress politician and the thrice elected chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit in New Delhi constituency. Following the Assembly polls verdict, Kejriwal took office as the Chief Minister of Delhi on December 28, 2013. However, he resigned 49 days later when the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalled the Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by him.

The AAP decided to contest the General Elections 2014 on a mega scale. The party chief Arvind Kejriwal contested the elections against Narendra Modi – the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency of UP. But he miserably lost to Modi.

AAP Leaders

Led by Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP phenomenon unleashed itself in the Indian political spectrum in no time. With the effective use of social media and the induction of highly educated volunteers, the AAP campaigned from door to door. The political affairs committee of the AAP included the likes of Gopal Rai, Kumar Vishwas, Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan, Sanjay Singh and Yogendra Yadav.

Its debut in Indian politics attracted several prominent names from different walks of life. People like Captain Gopinath, Founder of Air Deccan; Mallika Sarabhai, noted danseuse; Meera Sanyal, CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland-India; Sameer Nair, former CEO of Star TV; V Balakrishnan, Infosys board member; and many more joined hands with AAP. Though most of them are now not with Kejriwals’s brainchild.

Like any other political forum, the AAP too had its share of in-fighting and detraction. Internal discord started with disgruntled leaders finding fault with their own members. However, the AAP has survived as a political force

Election Symbol of the AAP

Arvind Kejriwal and his party has taken up the daunting task of cleaning the country of corruption. With this motive, the AAP chose the humble ‘broom’ as its official election symbol. Their slogan Jhaadu chalaao, beimaan bhagaao (wield the broom, get rid of cheats) is aimed at saving the Indian political system from its corrupt politicians. The party is fighting for a more transparent system, which will help the country reclaim its democratic identity.

Achievements of AAP since 2015

Aam Aadmi Party has brought good governance to the people of Delhi. AAP government is widely regarded for amendments in the education sector. The condition of government schools has improved to a great extent under the regime of Arvind Kejriwal. AAP government has also started a doorstep delivery service for 30 plus government-issued documents. AAP has reduced the electricity bills of the consumers by bringing down the tariff. It also provides a subsidy on electricity bills up to 400 units. A significant population of the state is also getting free water. Apart from this, the Kejriwal government has also improved the health sector in Delhi.

AAP’s promises for Delhi Assembly Election 2020

Arvind Kejriwal has opened a bouquet of promises for the next election. Arvind Kejriwal will continue to be the CM candidate of the party. The significant of all is the authorization of illegal colonies of Delhi. Although the center has passed the law, AAP is fighting for the credit since it was its promise during the Delhi election 2015. Arvind Kejriwal has also said that if re-elected, his government will have a cleanliness drive for Delhi. He aims at raising the cleanliness standard of Delhi to that of London and Paris.

AAP has promised to make bus rides free for everyone and to open more mohalla clinics throughout the state. Although the manifesto has not been released yet, Kejriwal has said the ‘full statehood’ of Delhi will be a part of his poll manifesto. The party is campaigning with the catchy slogan ‘Acche Beete 5 Saal, Lage Raho Kejriwal’. The Delhi assembly election will be held on February 8, 2020. The results will be announced on 11 February. IANS-Cvoter survey has predicted that the Aam Aadmi Party may win 59 seats in the Delhi Assembly Election 2020.

Aap Ki Kranti

Aap Ki Kranti (or Aap's Revolution) is a project initiated by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with an objective to reach every door-step. It is the a news letter of the part which that  is a focuses on mode of propagating  intimating the common citizens about AAP’s the ideologies and informing various activities of the party common man about the various activities of the party. The project is being carried out under the supervision of the one of the members of AAP AAP member, Gopal Rai, while another party member Deepak Pilot is looking after the management and the  team expansion for aspects of the project. A reader has to pay just Rs. 100 annually to have an issue of the news letter that is published every 15 days. Any grievances of the citizens can will be addressed just by dialling a Helpline No. 8588833550.

Taking to the Gandhian concept of Swaraj, it took the public route of voicing its mission statements and also engaged in public meetings to personally hear out grievances.

As CM, Kejriwal sought to abolish the prevalent VIP culture in India by banning the red beacons on cars of government officials or ministers, apart from doing away with special privileges for them. The party also issued 5,500 new permits for auto rickshaws in the NCR.

Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi Assembly Elections 2015

While the party has quickly achieved considerable success, it still faces several challenges ahead. It is yet to spell out its economic model. Also, considering that the party is dealing with strong resistance from the Congress and BJP who paint Kejriwal as a ‘bhagora’ (the one escaped from his responsibility of running the government), it will be interesting to see how far a single man – Kejriwal - can make all the difference. The party has fielded its candidates in all 70 Assembly constituencies of Delhi. The party chief is again contesting from the seat of New Delhi against Kiran Walia of Congress and Nupur Sharma of BJP.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Election Manifesto 2015 for Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) released its manifesto for the 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections on 31 January 2015. The manifesto is a 70-point blue-print that is believed to have the potential to turn Delhi into a 'Global City'. It was prepared taking into consideration the issues that emerged during AAP's 'Delhi Dialogues' (interactions with people during Mohalla Sabhas). The manifesto primarily focuses on women, youth and rural votes. The party has stuck to its election agenda of providing electricity at rates slashed by 50 percent and free water to all. Some of the key points of the AAP manifesto are:-
  • AAP will push for full 'Statehood' for Delhi.
  • The electricity tariffs will be reduced to half and clean and free drinking water will be provided to all.
  • If voted to power, the party would provide eight lakh new jobs to the people.
  • 30,000 beds will be added to the various hospitals of the city.
  • 20 new colleges will be set up in Delhi.
  • 200 new schools will be built in the city.
  • Education loan will be available to the needy students.
  • Thousands of CCTV cameras will be installed in buses, crowed areas and public places to keep a check on the crime incidents.
  • AAP will facilitate a phased shift to renewable and alternate sources of energy like solar energy.
  • Steps will be taken to revive the Yamuna including sewer treatment and control affluent discharge.
  • Around two lakh public toilets will be set up across Delhi.

Contact Details of AAP

Address : Aam Aadmi Party, Ground Floor, A-119, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad - 201010
Helpline : +91 - 9718500606
Email id : [email protected]
Donation Email id : [email protected]

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