Upping the political ante in the national capital, the Aam Aadmi Party will commence its door-to-door campaign from Wednesday, demanding fresh elections in Delhi. This comes after a rally at Jantar Mantar on August 3, where the AAP had given the BJP one week to “allow” fresh elections in Delhi.
The capital has been without a government since February this year, when the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government gave up office 49 days into its tenure after disagreements with the Congress that had extended support from outside.
Senior AAP leaders said the aim is to cover all 70 Assembly constituencies in the next fortnight, and an attempt will be made to make contact with all 35-lakh households in Delhi.
AAP leader Ashutosh said, “This signature campaign will be kicked off from Patparganj, Manish Sisodia’s constituency, tomorrow. We want to reach out to the people of Delhi and, through them, give the message that this city deserves a government, as well as fresh elections.”
During the campaign, a pamphlet carrying a message from Kejriwal will be circulated that lists nine reasons for why Delhi needs elections. These include price rise, increasing electricity bills, frequent power cuts, problems of water, increasing water bills, harassment by the police and other officials, harassment against traders, as well as the issues faced by contract labourers.
“The BJP does not want elections because in their estimates, if an election were to be held, they would lose badly. The Congress too does not want elections because it has become clear that the Congress will be wiped out in the next elections. It is only the AAP that wants people to have an elected government after holding elections,” Kejriwal’s message to Delhi says.
AAP leaders said the door-to-door campaign would force the other political parties in the fray, as well as the Central government to be more amenable to conducting elections.
“The desire of the people for elections is evident, as people are suffering without a government. Power, water and rising prices are affecting people, and there is absolutely no grievance redressal. The question that we are asking is if people want elections, and we believe the answer from the people of Delhi will be a resounding yes. It will force the Congress, BJP and the Central government to shift away from their ambiguous position on elections,” an AAP leader said.
Apart from the pamphlet, volunteers will also be armed with three AAP videos, and have been instructed to feed these into mobile phones of residents across the city. In a message to volunteers on Saturday, Kejriwal said, “My political assessment is that elections will happen in December. We have made three videos which volunteers should feed to the mobile phones of people. Through this method, our campaigning for the elections will have started.”