As the Aam Aadmi Party’s week-long ultimatum to Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung expired on Sunday, the party is gearing up to begin its signature campaign in the capital. Spread over 15-20 days, the door-to-door campaign, to be launched on Wednesday, will witness the AAP going back to the ‘bijli-paani’ issue as they ask Delhi residents whether fresh Assembly elections should be held in the capital.
“Every member of the party — from senior AAP leaders to AAP MLAs, candidates and party volunteers — will be engaged in the campaign. It is a door-to-door campaign, which will be conducted for 15-20 days, where we will ask the people of Delhi if they want fresh elections. It will begin either tomorrow or on Wednesday,” an AAP leader said.
An AAP MLA said, “The campaign will be conducted on the lines of the bijli-paani andolan. We will go to people and take their feedback on the holding of fresh elections. Under polling booth-level in-charges, teams of 10 volunteers will go door to door. Video messages will be uploaded on their phones which they can share with people.”
Pamphlets printed especially for the campaign contain a letter from AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, raising the issues of rise in power and water tariffs.
The pamphlets say that every resident of Delhi — reeling under inflation, escalating power and water tariffs, water shortage and power cuts, corruption by police and MCD officials — wants fresh elections.
Trying to win the support of various sections — auto-rickshaw and e-rickshaw drivers, workers with contractual jobs, police personnel, traders and homemakers — the AAP, in the pamphlet, is addressing all these issues.
In the pamphlet, the AAP also attempts to woo back voters who turned away because of the AAP government’s resignation. The party chief, in the letter, admits that many people have been left disgruntled with the party because of the resignation after 49 days of governance. “Some people are disappointed with me because we resigned in 49 days. But it is necessary to understand why I resigned. Last time, the AAP got only 28 seats. To run the Delhi government, 36 seats are needed. Eight seats remained,” it reads.
Putting the blame on the Congress for the resignation, Kejriwal, in the letter, further says, “Congress gave us outside support and the AAP formed government after the people told us to do so. But the Congress did not let us work. They would interfere in every work. When it became impossible to work, I was forced to resign. This time, give the Aam Aadmi Party 50 seats so that we can form government. We will work for five years.”
“For the last few months, Delhi is under President’s rule. There is no elected government. BJP does not want elections in Delhi because the BJP feels that if elections are conducted, they will suffer a terrible defeat. The Congress does not want to go for elections either. Because it clear that in these elections, Congress will be wiped off. AAP wants elections in Delhi so that the people can get an elected government,” Kejriwal further states.