Apologise for quitting, seek second chance: Kejriwal to volunteers

Kejriwal maintained that the party would not ally with the Congress again, and explained why the AAP could not form the government immediately.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2014 9:04 am
At the volunteer meet on Thursday.Oinam Anand At the volunteer meet on Thursday. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand

Following the drubbing it received in the Lok Sabha polls, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday asked party volunteers to apologise to people resigning from the Delhi government and request them to grant the party a second chance. The party is also set to rebuild its organisation, Kejriwal said.

In his first address to volunteers after the general elections, Kejriwal said, “When you go to the people, I request you to not argue with them. Apologise for our mistakes and ask them for one more chance. Tell them that we will stay in the government for five years and won’t run away this time.”

In an attempt to boost volunteers’ morale, Kejriwal said, “We expect elections to take place in October. The Delhi Assembly will be dissolved soon. We all hope that the AAP comes to power with a majority this time.”

Acknowledging complaints from volunteers, Kejriwal said, “Many of you feel that no one listens to you. We apologise for this. I am told that you are not treated properly when you go to the party office. Now, the entire system in Delhi is going to be monitored by me. Another complaint is that some members of the PAC (Political Affairs Committee) decide matters behind closed doors.”

During the hour-long discussion, the topic of government formation was brought up. Kejriwal maintained that the party would not ally with the Congress again, and explained why the AAP could not form the government immediately.

“When I met the Lieutenant-Governor, I was informed about technical details which does not allow us to form the government again. That is what I told mediapersons after meeting the L-G,” he said.

Discussing Shazia Ilmi’s resignation over lack of inner-party democracy, he said, “When Shazia Ilmi left the party, I was in jail. From what I have heard, she has said it had become difficult to approach Arvind. This is completely wrong. I have been meeting people all the time,” he said.

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First Published on: May 30, 2014 2:32 am
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    R
    May 31, 2014 at 10:08 am
    What are the achievements of AAP? On what basis we should vote for AAPies? Mere promises will not do. Once bitten, twice shy.
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      m. abraham
      May 30, 2014 at 9:14 am
      He needs support. Will congress again support. The matter should be discussed together because of the present political system. A mutual respect and understanding are the first requirement.
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        accountablejourno
        May 31, 2014 at 3:52 am
        Kejriwal says "Now, the entire system in Delhi is going to be monitored by me". This control freak was monitoring and controlling everything from day 1. He needs to let go. His autocratic style has ruined the hard work of hundreds of sincere AAP workers but he still doesnt get it.
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          Achuta Bhat
          May 30, 2014 at 10:38 am
          I wonder how volunteers are still there in AAP?
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            sra
            May 30, 2014 at 11:24 am
            Precious opportunity lost and now begging for a second chance may not come !
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              alpesh
              May 30, 2014 at 4:47 am
              I am ready to grant the party second chance as they deserve it as what has happened that was mistake not a corruption.
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                amit
                May 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm
                How can we apologise to him and his gang for supporting them in the first place.Which was not a mistake but a ber.Wish them best of luck somewhere not here in DELHI.Kyonki Arvind ke p hai WAGON -Raabki baar MODI sarkaar.
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                  varsha
                  May 30, 2014 at 7:40 am
                  Agreed.we need a party like AAP.but they can't get away thinking that Indians r fools. Giv d people d respect they deserve.i hope Ak understands this.d sooner d better.
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                    RAJ
                    May 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm
                    If i give comment something negative towards AAP it will be accepted else they are removing or not approving.... its not good
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                      RAJ
                      May 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm
                      If i give comment something negative towards AAP the IE team will accept it else they are removing or not approving.... its not good
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                        RAJ
                        May 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm
                        When we can give many chances to criminals in that case we do not have any harm by giving him one more chance. He wants to work, His intentions are nobel so we should give... forget everything and reunite for the country
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                          Subhash Bennur
                          May 30, 2014 at 4:03 am
                          It is better for the country to call it a day for this AAP.
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                            Bloggervat Bloggervat
                            May 30, 2014 at 7:01 am
                            Teacher: Kejri... I gave u a chance... why didnt you do your homework?Kejri: Mam. I was suffering from fever and couldnt do it. Please guve me a days time. Ill complete it tomorrow...This is how best to describe it
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                              Venk
                              May 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm
                              What an .
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                                Sim ran
                                May 30, 2014 at 11:01 am
                                Well said. You can fool some of the people some of the time. But you cannot fool all the people all the time.
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                                  Chakra
                                  May 31, 2014 at 8:29 am
                                  " AAP makes a strong comeback " ? For doing what ?Let AAP spell its plan & methodology first. As of now, many of us are disillusioned with AAP.
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                                    Chakra
                                    May 31, 2014 at 8:26 am
                                    Let AAP decide on few things first -a) What it does want to do ? Administration by Govt formation or Dharna/Opposition ?b) How it wants to reach that position ?c) If it reaches the desired position, what jobs will they do ? Have they done any homework ?d) What sort of leadership they want to project ? e) The basic rules & convention while dealing with party workers as well as Media / Govt / opposition / Judiciary - they have to establish that first.f) They have asked for Transparency many times. But their organization appears to lack that. They also accuse anybody disgruntled within the party as "Ticket seekers who were denied" . It gives a bitter taste.Please note that to average people - who are not sided with any party - the present AAP leadership looks like a bunch of opportunists who can resort to any meaningless methods to get their protests heard. The ideas espoused by AAP have many takers - but the present leadership is not so welcome.
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                                      chamunda
                                      May 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm
                                      Galti kartey raho maafi mangte raho... kab tak chalegi ye baazi ?
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                                        Codes Codd
                                        May 30, 2014 at 9:03 am
                                        In any case he is "Sharif Aadmi".... When we can give chance to corrupt then why not AK?
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                                          Shekhar
                                          May 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm
                                          Hope he gets second chance. Let him prove that the electricity bills can be brought down by 50%.
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                                            Sarvopagunavarjita Raghav
                                            May 30, 2014 at 11:58 am
                                            Yes delhi people are smart and will not be swa by your comments.. me and my family will vote for AAP.
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