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Aam Aadmi Party

Arvind Kejriwal and others founded Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on 26/11/2012. The party does not have a hierarchy. It has a committee at national level. Arvind Kejriwal is national convener. Prashant Bhushan, Kumar Vishwas, Shazia Ilmi, Manish Sisodia, Yogendra Yadav are some of the prominent members of AAP.
Arvind Kejriwal said he will not be minister or prime minister. If AAP gets 272 seats in 2014 or whenever Lok Sabha elections take place he may change his mind.
Arvind Kejriwal is called Ambulance chaser, headlines hunter, and publicity seeker by his opponents. They say his tactics are hit-and-run, shoot-and-scoot. AAP has taken on Robert Vadra, Salman Khurshid, Nitin Gadkari, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani and many others. AAP also had a press conference on the plight of some soldiers.
AAP does not have a high command. I suppose for selection of candidates they will choose a system similar to American primaries. To have a symbol at national level it is necessary to be recognized as a national party. For that they need a certain percent of seats or votes.
Arvind Kejriwal has lost friends and made enemies along the way. That happens when you fight against corruption and do not spare anyone. Kiran Bedi wanted to fight Congress corruption with the help of BJP. Arvind Kejriwal wanted to fight corruption in every party. She separated from him. Anna Hazare turned against him after he targeted Narendra Modi.
People will support AAP on its fight against corruption. On other issues like economic reforms, liberalisation, reservations, opinion will be divided. SP is opposed to reservations in promotions to SCs/STs. If AAP supports reservations SCs/STs/OBCs/EBCs it has nothing to gain. If it opposes, it will have lot of support. AAP should not worry about its enemies targeting it for not having representatives of some caste or community of say it is a one issue party.
AAP wants initiative and referendum in India. That is possible. Three states have right to recall at local bodies. Election Commission is open to right to reject.
AAP should strive for presidential system of government; single date for Lok Sabha, Legislative Assembly, municipality, panchayat and district council elections; abolition of Legislative Councils, Planning Commission, National Advisory Council, Animal Welfare Board, subsidies, freebies, public interest litigation; parole and furlough; and surplus budgets by governments and local bodies. It should fix 30 days as the time limit for deciding on mercy petitions of people sentenced to death. If no decision is taken to grant pardon or commute the sentence, the petition should be deemed as rejected. The policy of promoting students up to Std VIII irrespective of their academic fitness should be scrapped and those who fail annual exams should be detained. AAP should oppose buying foodgrains and allowing them to rot.
AAP should not go for alliance with any party. It should contest every seat in every election. If no majority it should not for coalition but sit in opposition and wait for its turn in next election.

Updated: December 18, 2012 — 7:32 am

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