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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    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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