Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party) with its electoral symbol “Jhadu” (Broom) is all set to literary clean sweep the Delhi Assembly polls. “Jhadu” is a symbol with a lot of meaning attached to it in Indian context, especially being the electoral symbol of a party that has vowed to cleanse corruption and corrupt practices from Indian politics, once and for all.
Arvind Kejriwal, the founder of Aam Aadmi Party, has taken many unique steps to ensure that his party stays focused on its agenda against established and notoriously corrupt political giants Congress and BJP. The people are tired of the worn out shallow electoral rhetoric of these parties and are ready for a constructive change.
One year old, Aam Aadmi Party has caught the imagination and with it the hearts of 1.19 million voters, including 4.05 hundred thousand recently registered first time voters in Delhi, the smallest state in India. The measures enumerated below are taken by Kerjiwal to completely nullify the major influence of money and muscle from the Indian political landscape.
One, Aam Aadmi Party has come up with 70 manifestos, one each for all the 70 constituencies of Delhi Assembly and one additional manifesto for the whole of Delhi. AAP has restored the sanctity of this document which over the years has been badly tarnished by the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP. These manifestos by AAP address the real issues of inflation and unemployment faced by the common man.
Two, Aam Adami Party has given party tickets to people with high integrity, clean image and enjoying good reputation in their communities. Candidates with any criminal record have been completely shunned.
Three, Aam Aadmi Party also abandoned the conventional practice of promoting dynastic politics in India by awarding party tickets to relatively unknown candidates with no previous family connections, political affiliations or exposure, in its bid to create history.
Four, Aam Aadmi Party has also ensured complete transparency in the party funding process. The top leaders of AAP have declared that they will strictly abide by the election commission’s laws regarding party funds and election expenses, a far cry from the dirty money orientated Indian politics. Instead of floundering millions on running paid advertisements on the media, the AAP with the help of its volunteers carried out a door-to-door campaign, thereby, proving that it is serious in not exceeding the legal limit set by the election commission.
Five, Aam Aadmi Party, unlike the established Congress and the BJP has discredited the caste, creed and religion card in its campaign, as its agenda is not to divide the people but to unite them against the ills of law and order, nepotism, sectarianism and corruption, issues that haunt India today.
Six, AAP has a volunteer corps, estimated to be 100,000 strong, which gives it a clear edge over Congress and BJP, as both parties have hooligans and thugs among their ranks. Majority of AAP volunteers hail from educated middle-class. These volunteers have come to support AAP from all over world including US, UK and Canada. On the election day these volunteers, armed with high-definition spy cameras and cell phones will check and record any malpractice being carried out by Congress and BJP’s political gangsters. These tech savvy individuals will report any malpractice in real-time to the election commission.
These innovations have increased the popularity of AAP and no more the media is billing it a “spoiler” but is now tipping it as a serious contestant with reasonably bright chances of winning the elections. AAP has fielded 70, Congress 70, BJP 69, BSP 69, Samajwadi Party 27 and NCP 9 candidates for the 70 seat Delhi Assembly. There are 224 independent candidates , as well. Aam Aadmi Party only needs to win 59 that is two-thirds of the seats for a clean sweep in the elections.
Whether Aam Aadmi Party wins the elections and consequently forms a government in the state of Delhi or not; one thing is certain that it will write a brand new chapter in Indian politics.
Editorial by Iftikhar Tariq Khanzada