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Aam Aadmi Party

In Indian politics, the development of the Aam Aadmi Party, abbreviated as "AAP" is certainly a captivating event.

It is the most contemporary form of a political party that has great ideologies and is committed to fulfil the requirements of the common people or the Aam Aadmi.

The Aam Aadmi Party is basically an Indian political party that officially commenced on 26 November 2012. It evolved when there were some differences between the activists Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare on the issue to politicize the popular 'India against corruption' campaign that demanded to pass a Jan Lokpal Bill since 2011....

AAP News

Congress believes it has no chance in 2019: AAP

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    1:18 pm
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday said Congress President Rahul Gandhi was not keen on seat sharing in different states in 2019 as he believes that he has no chances of winning the Lok Sabha battle and was eyeing the 2024 elections. View More..

Vote for Modi if you want your kids to become watchmen: Kejriwal to voters

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    12:08 pm
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday asked people to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi again only if they wanted their children to become watchmen. View More..

Congress has officially ruled out alliance: Kejriwal

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    11:20 pm
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the Congress has officially conveyed its "no" for an alliance in the city. View More..

Pawar meets Rahul, AAP over opposition alliance

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    10:24 pm
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) NCP chief Sharad Pawar had separate meetings with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh on Tuesday amid speculation that the Congress and AAP could still come together in Delhi to fight the Lok Sabha elections. View More..

Sanjay Singh, Pawar meet over possible alliance

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    8:42 pm
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh and NCP leader Sharad Pawar met at the latter's residence here on Tuesday amid speculation that the Congress and AAP could still come together in Delhi to fight the Lok Sabha eletions. View More..

Congress suffering from inflated arrogance: AAP

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    6:04 pm
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Accusing the Congress of suffering from "ego" issues and "inflated arrogance", Delhi's ruling AAP on Tuesday it will not waste any more time to sew an alliance with the grand old party. View More..

Congress faces alliance troubles (Dangal 2019)

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    3:34 pm
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The Congress appears to be caught between its goal of defeating the ruling NDA in the Lok Sabha elections and expanding its own base in various states, leading to its failure to seal crucial alliances including in Bihar. View More..

Congress not serious about Delhi: AAP leader

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    7:40 pm
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Insisting that it was too late for an alliance in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday said it had waited long "enough" for the Congress and now there was no question of taking back its candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. View More..

Manohar Parrikar condoled across party lines

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    10:46 pm
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Condolences poured in from across party lines for Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away at his private residence in Panaji on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63. View More..

AAP fields Balbir Singh Jakhar from West Delhi

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    8:54 pm
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced Balbir Singh Jakhar as its candidate for the West Delhi parliamentary seat. View More..

AAP accuses Amarinder of poll code violation

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    8:36 pm
Chandigarh, March 17 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of violating the model code of conduct by announcing sops on the occasion of the second anniversary of his Congress government in the state. View More..

AAP's SC/ST arm chief quits party citing corruption

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    8:44 pm
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The chief of Aam Aadmi Party's SC/ST wing Karm Singh (Karma) here on Saturday quit the party citing "corruption" as the reason for his decision. View More..

Is the opposition losing its way? (Column: Political Circus)

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    1:42 pm
The political edge which the national opposition appeared to have gained as a result of its successes in three recent Assembly elections and in several by-elections before that has undoubtedly dissipated. View More..

Dikshit comment hints at hidden BJP-Cong deal: AAP

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    10:30 pm
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Delhi convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party Gopal Rai on Friday said the comments of Delhi Congress head Sheila Dikshit praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proved that the Congress is helping the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. View More..

AAP burns BJP 2014 Lok Sabha manifesto

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    9:56 pm
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party volunteers led by their respective MLAs from Delhi's Assembly constituencies on Friday burned copies of the BJP's 2014 Lok Sabha manifesto in protest against the party's "deception and treachery on full statehood for Delhi". View More..

AAP protests against Delhi Police outside EC

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    9:46 pm
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, including Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and MP Sanjay Singh, who staged a sit-in on Friday outside the Election Commission to protest against alleged raids at the party's call centres, called off the sit-in following assurances from the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). View More..

SC seeks EC response to opposition plea on EVMs

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    8:48 pm
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Election Commission's response on a plea by 21 opposition parties seeking audit of at least 50 per cent of EVMs with corresponding Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs). View More..

AAP protests against Delhi Police at CEC office

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    6:24 pm
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, MP Sanjay Singh and several Aam Aadmi Party MLAs protested outside the office of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) here to denounce "atrocities" by Delhi Police. View More..

Court summons Kejriwal, others in defamation case

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    4:10 pm
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) A Delhi court on Friday issued summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three others in a defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Rajeev Babbar. View More..

Suspense continues over AAP's poll alliance in Punjab

Posted On : Mar 14,2019,    9:24 pm
Chandigarh, March 14 (IANS) The suspense over a possible alliance between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the newly formed Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) continued on Thursday with both sides unable to reach an understanding for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. View More..

About Aam Aadmi Party

    Aam Aadmi Party History

AAP HistoryIn Indian politics, the development of the Aam Aadmi Party, abbreviated as "AAP" is certainly a captivating event. It is the most contemporary form of a political party that has great ideologies and is committed to fulfil the requirements of the common people or the Aam Aadmi. The Aam Aadmi Party is basically an Indian political party that officially commenced on 26 November 2012. It evolved when there were some differences between the activists Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare on the issue to politicize the popular 'India against corruption' campaign that demanded to pass a Jan Lokpal Bill since 2011. Anna Hazare wanted to be stay aloof from a political crusade for the corruption movement but Arvind Kejriwal realized that they must enter into politics to agitate and remove crooked practices in administration and society.

The AAP was established by a highly intellectual group of professionals who are all a part of the IAC (India against corruption) movement who agitated for the endorsement of the Lok Pal Bill to facilitate the introduction of 'people's courts to scrutinize and try cases of bribery and other crimes among government officials and workers. These group of people actively participated in Anna Hazare's fast at the Ram Lila Maidan in Delhi for the demand of instant passing of the Act.

The AAP party has protested many times to eliminate corruptive practices and pass the Jan Lokpal Bill since its ineption. They began a crusade against an alleged nexus between the government and private firms that hiked prices for electricity and water in Delhi. They also have strong issue of sexual harassment and rape that must be resolved on a priority level and provide justice. The party was continuously demanding justice for victims, including the introduction of a stronger anti-rape law. The political symbol of AAP is the broom.

Main leaders of AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) generated an impression with an astral debut in the Delhi assembly polls and is continuously attracting common people of India with its effective philosophies. Main leaders of the AAP party are Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla, Somnath Bharti, Kumar Vishwas, Yogendra Yadav, Asutosh and Sanjay Singh.

Basic philosophy of the party

The AAP mainly rests on the principles of equality and justice that is an integral part the constitution of India. It believes that policies are not implemented and people's requirements are not met. This has been the case since the independence of India. They are concerned that there is an oppressive external power of political leaders. The party asserts that the basic needs of the common people of India are not heard by the ruling party and goes unnoticed except when it suits the politicians to consider them. The major action of the government is to carefully listen to public problems and AAP wants to overturn the way that the answerability of government operates and take up the Gandhian concept of Swaraj as an ideology. Leaders of the AAP party have general consensus that by following the Swaraj principles, the government will be directly responsible to the people and not to top bureaucrats. The Swaraj model rests upon self-governance, community building and decentralization.

The AAP had an effective agenda in the Delhi elections as it assured of free water to every household with a water meter (up to 20 kilolitres a month). The AAP is committed to follow principles that ensure equality and justice is protected as per the constitution which has not been maintained by previous governments. The common man, who was confined by a domineering external power, is helpless due to the political leaders. AAP leaders strictly conformed to the Gandhian concept of Swaraj and assured that the government will be directly liable to its people.

In their agenda, they had mentioned to hold public meetings, to know people's grievances but this could not become successful in their regime due to countless complaints against corruption that started arriving, therefore they launched website and released a cell number to resolve these issues. They promised to the common people in their political campaign that their government is for the people and not a government for governing the people.

In the case of the electricity issue, the AAP party's argument was that there was a nexus between private companies and the government that led to high prices. The AAP was very vociferous in criticizing the rape incidents in Delhi and called for better law enforcement. Mr Kejriwal, the CM of Delhi, also promised enactment of the Jan Lokpal Bill within 15 days of forming the government. It is on opposition of this bill from his other party colleagues that he has now resigned from the post of Delhi Chief Minister.

The party has conducted public wakefulness campaigns to teach people about "right to reject" and requested the Election Commissions of certain States to allow voters to exercise their right to reject in the electronic voting machines.

Manifesto for Delhi election

In their manifesto, the AAP party promised to bring the Lokpal bill with the objective to battle corruption and cover all employees. It was tol be passed within 15 days after taking charge in the Delhi government. It was promised to establish around 3,000 "Mohalla Sabhas" where people would decide what they want for their areas, like parks, street lights, dispensaries and such other issues.

Electricity tariff was to be cut by half and electricity distribution by private companies to be audited. Exaggerated bills to be rectified and if distribution companies don't assist, their licenses would be cancelled.

Other policy to be taken up was that two lakh community and public toilets would be built and families which limit their monthly water consumption to 700 litres would not be billed. They would make new plans for domestic water consumers who have got inflated bills up to November 2013 and hence would not be liable to pay these bills.

Another agenda was that Delhi Police, the Delhi Development Authority and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi would be brought under the control of the Delhi government.

Yet another influential proposal/manifesto for the election was that minorities will be protected and fake encounters and false cases against Muslim youth shall end.

If any public official was found guilty of corruption, he would be sacked, jailed and his/her property confiscated. Honest officials such as Ashok Khemka and Durga Shakti Nagpal would be rewarded and protected.

The AAP party promised to build A Citizens Security Force in each ward to provide security to anyone in distress and no court case would be adjourned if the Delhi government is a litigant.

Much seems to have been delivered as per their manifesto thus making the low income group households very happy even as some have turned sceptical with the way things were handled.

Party protests

The AAP party had to protest many times before the Delhi elections to express their grievance against corruption. Kejriwal began an indefinite fast to mobilize people against inflated power and electricity bills at a house in Sundar Nagri, a low-income group resettlement colony in North-East Delhi on 23 March 2013. During the protest he advocated among the Delhi people, not to pay for inflated water and electricity bills. The AAP party had intense demand for an audit of power supply and electricity in Delhi by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India which was supported by Civil Society Groups like National Alliance of People's Movement. By concentrating on the basic requirements of the common people, the Aam Admi Party has acquired more than 100,000 supporters in Delhi in one day and more than 300,000 people by 28 March 2013. Anna Hazare advised Kejriwal to end the fast and he did so on 6th April.

In another protest on 10 June 2013, Kejriwal supported the campaigning of Delhi auto rickshaw drivers, who were protesting the Delhi government's ban on advertisements on auto rickshaws. Kejriwal asserted that auto rickshaw drivers came in full support to his party and they carried advertisements of Aam Admi Party on their auto rickshaws.

In a major protest on 20 January 2014, Kejriwal and his ministers theatrically protested against the Home Ministry who did not suspend an SHO of the Delhi Police for their inaction following a Danish woman's gang-rape previously that month. These protests were held at the Rail Bhavan after the police stopped Arvind Kejriwal to lead a procession to the North Block, near the Home Minister's office. Kejriwal said that the demonstration will not obstruct his official work as he had brought along files and they will perform their duty as a chief minister from the location of the protest. At first, he appealed to his supporters not to participate in the protest because he had a feeling that chaos may happen with large crowds, and that may hamper the Republic Day rehearsals which was scheduled for the same day at a close distance from the protest venue.

Later on, when he observed that there is no action taken on the part of central government, he indicated everyone who believed in his protests to unite with him at the site. In this political event, everyone in India has observed this unique kind of protest that occurred for the first time in India's political history. A Chief Minister had protested on the streets to raise his Government's demands for a fair investigation. The protest ended after two days when the Lieutenant Governor interfered by sending two policemen on leave and expediting the process of judicial enquiry.

Participation in Election and Success:

The AAP party fought its first election in 2013 for the Delhi State Assembly. The Election Commission accepted the symbol of a "broom" for use by the AAP in that crusade. The party has made strict guidelines that only honest candidates with no criminal backgrounds can join its party. In this election, this party came into the lime light among the people of India and grabbed 28 Delhi assembly seats out of the total 70 seats. Though none of the major political parties got a majority to form the government, the AAP took charge of Delhi's government with public consensus and with conditional support from the Indian National Congress. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has a unique style of working while its central philosophy remains, providing clean and good governance. This helps it flee identity politics. Simultaneously, the AAP holds identity politics like everyone else does. Arvind Kejriwal became the second-youngest Chief Minister of Delhi. The party has said that it intends to contest over 300 seats in the Indian general election, 2014, including all those in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Major activities in Delhi government:

When the AAP party took over charge in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal announced drop in electricity bills for up to 400 units, supported by subsidy. He also ordered an audit of power on distribution companies. The AAP government also announced that the homes with metered connections will receive 20 kilolitres of free water per month, but will have to pay 10% more if they exceed that limit. The government scrapped Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail. AAP also formed an anti-graft helpline for the citizens to report dishonest officials. The AAP government has been gripped by many controversies. Its plan to conduct Janata Durbars, that is public hearings with ministers, had to be discarded due to huge crowd mismanagement. The MLA Vinod Kumar Binny had questioned the AAP party and protested against party activities and promises. He was expelled after revolting against the party. Another issue erupted, the law minister Somnath Bharti asked the police to conduct a raid on a suspected sex trafficking and drug racket in the Khirkee area but the Police did not heed. In support of Somnath Bharti, Arvind Kejriwal organized a 33-hour protest against the Delhi police asking for suspension of the policemen who refused to assist Bharti.

In the political front, the Aam Aadmi Party has faced criticism from various quarters. Despite this condemnation from opposition parties, a huge number of people from all sections of India has joined the Aam Aadmi Party. The AAP managed to complete more than one month in the Delhi government. It got approximately 1 crore and 5 lakh members till the end of January. The Aam Aadmi Party has set a good ideology at work and got success in the electoral process in Delhi without highlighting caste issues. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal introduced a new philosophy of governance and remains to be seen whether the people of India appreciate this or not, especially after his dramatic resignation. According to the party belief, the administration system is corrupt, but the populace of India is good and wants clean governance. The party has gained partial success. It is yet to take its political movement forward and see fulfilment of its commitments in coming months. It is a major shift in the political crusade in the Indian scenario. Arvind Kejriwal formed the political party after breaking away from his mentor Anna Hazare and no one anticipated that his party would outperform in the Delhi elections. AAP created enthusiasm and hope in the country.

The AAP party made a promise to deliver good governance but there are many challenges. Firstly, it is still a one-man party as it is being carried forward by the personality of its leader Arvind Kejriwal. AAP must expand its party and include trustworthy leaders in order to move ahead in the General election 2014. It has a great challenge to find leaders with flawless backgrounds and unselfish drive to serve the nation. Another challenge is to find an economic model that will deliver a clean government to its people and enhance the standard of living. It is well observed that since the formation of the Delhi government, the AAP party has fulfilled many promises but it was continuously facing challenges to implement numerous programs as they had visualized and that they felt was due to the corrupt system.

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