AAM AADMI PARTY:
Truth, Lies or Just plain talks.
Aam Aadmi Party (Abbreviated to AAP) is an Indian
political party launched on 26th
Came into existence following differences between
activists Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal to politicize
the popular India Against Corruption campaign that was
demanding the Jan Lokpal Bill since 2011.
Anna Hazare felt that the movement should remain
Kejriwal felt that the failure of the agitation route
necessitated a direct political involvment
The origin of the AAP can be traced to a difference of opinion
between Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare.
Hazare and Kejriwal agreed on 19th
September 2012 that their
differences regarding role in politics were irreconsiable.
Kejriwal had support from some anti-corruption movement
activists, such as Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan, but
was opposed by others such as Kiran Bedi and Santosh Hegde.
On 2 October,Kejriwal announced that he was forming a
political party and that he intended the formal launch to be on
26 November, coinciding with the anniversary of India's
adoption of its constitution in 1949.
A party constitution was adopted on 24 November
2012, when a National Council comprising 320 people
and a National Executive of 23 was also formed.
Although one aim was to limit nepotism, there were
complaints at this initial meeting that the selection of
people invited to attend was itself an example of such
Formally Launched: 26th
Election Commission registered as a political party in
Ideologies and Issues
The AAP says that the promise of equality and justice
that forms a part of the constitution of India and of its
preamble has not been fulfilled and that the independence
of India has replaced enslavement to an oppressive
foreign power with that to a political elite.
The party claims that the common people of India remain
unheard and unseen except when it suits the politicians.
It wants to reverse the way that the accountability of
government operates and has taken an interpretation of
the Gandhian concept of swaraj as a tenet. Basically it
wants accountability of the government towards the
people and not the higher officials or politicians
Were supposed to form an
alliance with CPI(M) also
known as Communist Party
Of India (Marxist) due to
similarity in ideologies
based on social justice and
decentralization of power.
Aap’s Prashant Bhushan
denied any alliance, claiming
corruption in the CPI(M)
AAP and Mr Kejriwal deny their party
is following any ideological grounds but
the statement as quoted,“ We are aam
aadmis. If we find our solution in the
left we are happy to borrow it from
there. If we find our solution in the
right, we are happy to borrow it from
there.” shows the basic ideas of the
The party is basically right wing when
it comes to morality and left wing
when it comes to economics.
As of 2013, the AAP is proposing to introduce the
The Jan Lokpal Legislation
Right to Reject
Right to Recall
Right to Information
Public Awareness Campaign: To educate people about
"right to reject" and requested Election Commissions of
certain States to allow voters to exercise their right to
reject in electronic voting machines.
On 26 November 2012: The formal launch day of the
AAP, former law minister, Shanti Bhushan, donated 10
million (US$160,000). Prashant Bhushan, his son, is a
member of the party's National Executive Committee.
On 18 May 2013: A group of Indian-Americans from 20
different cities in the USA held a convention in Chicago
and extended support to the AAP. The convention was
attended by two AAP leaders, Kumar Vishwas
and Yogendra Yadav, and Kejriwal addressed it via video
conferencing. Aruna Roy and Medha Patkar, who had
differences with Kejriwal on certain issues, supported
him after his 15-day fast against inflated electricity bills.
Prashant Bhushan: Member
of Executive Committee
Shanti Bhushan: Former Law
On 22 March 2014: Janata Dal
(Secular) party of Delhi announced it
would merge with the Aam Aadmi
Party, citing Arvind Kejriwal's tenure as
Chief Minister of Delhi.
Elections: Delhi Elections 2013
The 2013 Delhi state assembly elections were the party's
first electoral contest. The Election Commission
approved the symbol of a "broom" for use by the AAP in
that campaign. The party said that its candidates were
honest and had been screened for potential criminal
backgrounds. The AAP published its central manifesto on
20 November 2013, promising to implement the Jan
Lokpal Bill within 15 days of coming to power.
When AAP came into
power, it had a choice
between BJP and Congress
with whom it could form an
alliance.The nation thought
that It would pick BJP but
was shocked when the
alliance was formed with
Congress with congress
having a history of
corruption charges and
controversies which went
against the ethics of AAP
AAP emerged as the second-largest
party in Delhi winning 28 of the 70
Assembly seats; the Bharatiya Janata
Party as the single-largest party won
31 while its ally SAD won 1, Indian
National Congress won 8 and two
were won by others.On 28 December
2013, the AAP formed a minority
government in the hung Assembly, with
what Sheila Dikshit describes as "not
unconditional" support from Indian
National Congress. Arvind Kejriwal
became the second-youngest Chief
Minister of Delhi.
Plans for General Elections 2014:
The party intends to contest over 300 seats in the Indian
general election, 2014, including all those
in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra and Tamil
Nadu. It has recognized that its support is based primarily
in urban areas and that different strategies may be
required for regions such as Uttar Pradesh where caste-
based politics are the norm. Since 16 February 2014. it
has released a series of ten candidate lists, with a total of
Arvind Kejriwal plans to contest from the Varanasi seat
as he considers himself a competition to Narendra Modi.
Controversy and Problems:
After coming to power in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal
announced reduction in electricity bills for up to 400
units, driven by subsidy. He also ordered an audit of
power 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 per cent more if they exceed that limit.
The government scrapped Foreign Direct Investment in
multi-brand retail, thus preventing development by
international businesses such as Tesco and Walmart. It
established an anti-graft helpline for the citizens to report
Somnath Bharti: Law
Minister in Kejriwal’s
On 20 January 2014, Kejriwal and his ministers staged
protests at Rail Bhavan against the Union Government
Home Ministry.These came after his Law
Minister, Somnath Bharti, had been dissatisfied with the
response from the Delhi police to allegations relating to
a neighborhood popular with immigrants from Uganda
and Nigeria. Kejriwal was demanding that the police
should come under direct control of the Delhi
government and that officers who had refused to do as
Bharti had requested should be suspended. He said that
the protest will not hamper his work as he had brought
along files and would carry on working from the venue
of the protest. He later claimed that it was the first time
in Indian political history that a Chief Minister had
protested on the streets to raise his Government's
demands for a fair inquiry.After two days, he ended his
fast when the Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung,
intervened by sending on leave two of the policemen
involved and setting up a judicial enquiry
Also in January 2014, the party's office
in Ghaziabad was attacked by right-wing
activists protesting against Prashant
Bhushan, who has expressed a personal
opinion against the Armed Forces (Special
Powers) Act in Jammu & Kashmir by
talking of a referendum in that state to
decide whether the people want the army
to handle internal security.This caused the
AAP to determine that its significant
members would in future refrain from
expressing opinions on anything that was
not agreed by a broad consensus within
In February 2014, the AAP tried to introduce the Jan
Lokpal Bill - the most significant point of its agenda - in
the Delhi Assembly, However, Jung said that tabling the
bill without his agreement would be "unconstitutional"
and advised the Assembly Speaker not to allow the
tabling. The AAP government stated that it was following
all the procedures, and tried to table the bill. When BJP
and INC blocked the introduction of the bill, the AAP
government resigned. Kejriwal alleged that there was a
nexus among Congress, BJP and the industrialist Mukesh
Ambani, and the two parties had "ganged up" against AAP
after it filed an First Information Report against Ambani.
In one incident Arvind Kejriwal, was caught in a
controversy where he was asking the anchor of the
interview to play down and exaggerate some parts of the
interview to increase support.
The footage, shot partly during a break in the interview
and partly at the end, shows Kejriwal asking the anchor
to play down some statements on corporates as it could
upset the middle class and play up the ones that claim
80% of people are on the margins.
In the footage, Arvind Kejriwal is seen telling the anchor:
"Woh wala thoda theoretical hai, corporate wala aap jo
bol rahe thhe ...woh dekh lo. Jitna middle class hai kafi
anti ho jayega ki privatisation ke khilaaf hein, companiyon
ke khilaaf hein. Isliye mein usmein nahin ja raha tha (That
one was slightly theoretical, what you were saying about
corporates. The middle class will turn against us, thinking
we are against privatization and private business. That is
why I was not getting into it)."
This link shows the exact controversy and the words
quoted by Mr Kejriwal.
Arvind Kejriwal News Fixing scandal:
Aam Aadmi party is like a lamb among wolfs in the
current political scenario of India.
With the incapability shown by Mr Kejriwal and his
erratic actions of blaming the free media, accusing Mr
Ambani of random accusations, Leaving the Delhi
government after only 49 days.
His failure to take action against Mr Bharti shows his
mindset and incapability to act in Serious circumstances
He has become the enemy of the media and at the rate
he’s going the media wont leave anything in its path to
show his errors or mistakes.