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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....
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Punjab finally waking up to decibel danger

Posted On : Apr 23,2018,    1:02 pm
Chandigarh, April 23 (IANS) Noisy wedding celebrations, high-pitched religious fervour and other ear-splitting nocturnal festivities have become a nightmare for peace-loving citizens of Punjab. Finally, the state's lawmakers and authorities seem to be waking up to the pervasive civic nuisance. View More..

DCW chief Maliwal to end fast on Sunday

Posted On : Apr 21,2018,    9:02 pm
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal, whose indefinite hunger strike to demand death for rapists of children continued for the ninth day on Saturday, said she would end her fast at 2 p.m. on Sunday. View More..

By sacking adviser, you tried to destroy children's future, Sisodia to Modi

Posted On : Apr 20,2018,    10:44 pm
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that sacking of Atishi Marlena as his adviser was an attempt at destroying the future of the children of Delhi. View More..

EC conspiring with Modi to destabilize Delhi government: AAP

Posted On : Apr 20,2018,    3:34 pm
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday called the Election Commission "biased" and alleged that it was conspiring with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to destabilize the AAP government in Delhi. View More..

Goa opposition slams arrest over fake Facebook post

Posted On : Apr 19,2018,    4:04 pm
Panaji, April 19 (IANS) Goa opposition parties on Thursday slammed the BJP-led government and police for arresting a 35-year-old man who on Wednesday wrongly posted in Facebook that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar -- being treated for cancer in the US -- is no more. View More..

BJP, AAP hand-in-glove, advisers sacked to gain sympathy: Congress

Posted On : Apr 18,2018,    7:50 pm
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken on Wednesday attacked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP over the cancellation of the appointment of nine AAP advisers, saying the two parties were working together to make a dent in his party's vote share in the Lok Sabha elections. View More..

AAP leader accepts sack order, returns salary of Rs 2.50

Posted On : Apr 18,2018,    6:36 pm
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) A day after his appointment as Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's adviser was cancelled, Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha on Wednesday said he had returned Rs 2.50 he received as "salary" for 75 days he was on the post in 2016. View More..

Centre cancels AAP-held nine posts of advisors in Delhi cabinet

Posted On : Apr 17,2018,    7:08 pm
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry has cancelled nine posts of advisors held by AAP members in the Delhi cabinet, sparking a fresh face-off between the Centre and the ruling party in the capital. View More..

Central ministers running Goa in Parrikar's absence: AAP

Posted On : Apr 17,2018,    3:06 pm
Panaji, April 17 (IANS) Accusing central government ministers of running Goa in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the AAP on Tuesday claimed that the BJP-led coalition government in the coastal state was "dysfunctional" and virtually non-existent. View More..

Delhi food commissioner transferred on demands by AAP government

Posted On : Apr 17,2018,    2:28 pm
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The Delhi Food and Supplies Department Commissioner has been transferred to the Land and Buildings Department following a letter from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government seeking his sacking after they allegedly found "corruption" in the delivery of rations in the city. View More..

Agreeing with AAP, LG suspends current ration distribution scheme, orders probe

Posted On : Apr 16,2018,    11:12 pm
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Agreeing to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's proposal, Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Monday suspended the e-PoS system in the distribution of ration and also ordered Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) to probe alleged misuse of OTP authentication in delivery. View More..

AAP, Congress trying to spread riots: Manoj Tiwari

Posted On : Apr 15,2018,    6:06 pm
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari on Sunday accused the AAP and the Congress of trying to "defame" his party and alleged that they were disturbing the country's social fabric. View More..

Maharashtra Police face many problems, finds AAP survey

Posted On : Apr 13,2018,    6:40 pm
Mumbai, April 13 (IANS) All is not well with police stations and police personnel in Maharashtra, a state-wide survey of 437 station houses conducted by teams of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has revealed, a party official said here on Friday. View More..

EC to hear 20 AAP MLAs in office of profit case on May 17

Posted On : Apr 13,2018,    5:04 pm
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The Election Commission on Friday announced that it will grant an oral hearing to the 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in the office of profit case on May 17. View More..

AAP to 'gherao' PM's residence over Unnao, Kathua rape

Posted On : Apr 13,2018,    2:08 pm
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will 'gherao' Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence here on Sunday over what it said on Friday was his silence on the rapes in Unnao and Kathua. View More..

LG drunk on power, says Delhi Assembly Speaker

Posted On : Apr 13,2018,    12:50 am
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Thursday said a letter seeking details of communication over "reserved subjects" was not replied to by Lt. Governor Anil Baijal and asserted the latter is "drunk on power". View More..

AAP to align with Left in Rajasthan

Posted On : Apr 11,2018,    2:50 pm
New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is gearing up to form a third front with Left parties to fight the BJP and the Congress in the upcoming Assembly polls in Rajasthan, AAP sources said on Wednesday. View More..

ED questions Delhi Minister Jain in money laundering case

Posted On : Apr 11,2018,    2:10 pm
New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday questioned Delhi Health and Power Minister Satyendar Jain in connection with its probe into a money laundering case. View More..

Kumar Vishwas axed as AAP Rajasthan in-charge

Posted On : Apr 11,2018,    1:52 pm
New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder member Kumar Vishwas has been removed as the party in-charge of election-bound Rajasthan, the party announced on Wednesday. View More..

Delhi Assembly passes resolution on MLALAD works execution

Posted On : Apr 10,2018,    11:14 pm
New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) The Delhi Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution directing the state government to formulate "strict" guidelines for the execution of works under Member of Legislative Assembly Local Area Development (MLALAD) funds. 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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