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The Aam aadmi party


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The Aam aadmi party

  1. 1. AAM AADMI PARTY: Truth, Lies or Just plain talks.
  2. 2. Introduction:  Aam Aadmi Party (Abbreviated to AAP) is an Indian political party launched on 26th November 2012  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 politically unaligned.  Kejriwal felt that the failure of the agitation route necessitated a direct political involvment
  3. 3. Background:  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.
  4. 4.   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 practices.   Formally Launched: 26th November 2012.  Election Commission registered as a political party in March 2013
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Possible Ideological similarities: CPI(M) 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) itself.  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 party  The party is basically right wing when it comes to morality and left wing when it comes to economics.
  7. 7. Agenda  As of 2013, the AAP is proposing to introduce the following policies:  The Jan Lokpal Legislation  Right to Reject  Right to Recall  Right to Information  Political decentralization 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.
  8. 8. Support:  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.
  9. 9. Images: Prashant Bhushan: Member of Executive Committee Shanti Bhushan: Former Law Minister:  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.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. Note: 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.
  12. 12. 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 322 candidates.  Arvind Kejriwal plans to contest from the Varanasi seat as he considers himself a competition to Narendra Modi.
  13. 13. 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 corrupt officials.
  14. 14. Images: Somnath Bharti: Law Minister in Kejriwal’s cabinet.  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
  15. 15. Somnath Bharti Controversy:
  16. 16.  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 the party. Images:
  17. 17.  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.
  18. 18.  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.
  19. 19.  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)."
  20. 20.   This link shows the exact controversy and the words quoted by Mr Kejriwal. Arvind Kejriwal News Fixing scandal:
  22. 22. Conclusion:  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.
  23. 23. Bibliography:  Kejriwal-anchor-chat-stokes- controversy/articleshow/31804090.cms  