Sensing early end to its govt in Delhi, AAP prepares for fresh polls

While the party won 28 assembly seats and came a close second in several others, party members admitted its performance was lacklustre in rural, outer Delhi.

New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2014 11:23 am
One of the Jan Sabhas the Aam Aadmi Party held before the polls that brought it to power. (PTI) One of the Jan Sabhas the Aam Aadmi Party held before the polls that brought it to power. (PTI)

As Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continues to push the envelope with efforts to introduce the Aam Aadmi Party’s Jan Lokpal and Swaraj bills in the assembly, it is becoming increasingly apparent that his government is looking at an early demise. With the government propped up by tenuous support from the Congress to the AAP’s remaining 27 members in an assembly of 70, the two bills have begun to bring the reluctant allies to a head.

Not that it comes as any surprise to AAP members. Party MLAs, candidates and volunteers have for the past two months poured themselves into increasing the party’s footprint in the city, always aware that a fresh election will come sooner rather than later.

Constituted to oversee preparations for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, a two-member AAP committee comprising Pankaj Gupta and Sanjay Singh has been devoting itself also to the eventuality of fresh assembly elections.

Talking about the initiatives that the party is taking to mobilise support, a party source said, “On Wednesday and Thursday, around 70 jan sabhas were held across Delhi where the achievements of the AAP government in the last 30 or 40 days were discussed. We have also been taking up corruption in the ranks of the Congress and the BJP and their attempts to control the media, as well as the nexus between big corporate houses and politicians. These activities have boosted the confidence of volunteers and workers across the city.”

Sources said an effort has been made to introduce advertisements, such as pamphlets, banners and posters, to showcase the work the party has done in its two months in government. “Around 25,000 pamphlets have been printed and will be distributed in households. Posters and hoardings have been designed on the anti-Sikh riots and the AAP’s major achievements in Delhi,” a leader said.

It is no coincidence that leaders over the past month have been talking about the AAP’s achievements compared with the performance of previous governments. “This normally happens during the end of a five-year tenure, but we know the Congress at any moment will bring us down. The AAP needs to be ready for a fresh election any time. We have been repeatedly reminded about this by the leadership. While the Lok Sabha elections are important, we cannot lose our stronghold of Delhi,” a party leader said.

While the party won 28 assembly seats and came a close second in several others, party members admitted its performance was lacklustre in rural, outer Delhi. “A lack of confidence in the AAP forming the government could be a possible reason. Moreover, in villages there is a tendency to take decisions collectively, as opposed to urban areas where individual decisions are made. We have laid great emphasis on the membership drives in areas such as Narela in outer Delhi. Membership has risen exponentially, even in rural zones,” a member said.

In line with its well publicised policy, in case a new election does take place, candidates will only be selected case by case. “The entire process will be redone. People will have to apply for candidature, and people can give their opinion on the nominations. After screening, the political affairs committee will take the final call. One of the additional factors we will evaluate is the candidate’s activities in a constituency over the past two months. Replacement of candidates will happen only in extreme cases. We are looking at shortcomings in campaigning. There were also instances where campaigning was excellent but the candidate did not win. We are analysing those situations,” a source said.

Another problem area the party has found from last time is booth management. “Polling station teams will start meeting in the next few days to discuss those outcomes and decide where more needs to be done,” a leader said.

“The Lok Sabha polls will act as a rehearsal for the assembly polls. Fresh elections in Delhi are inevitable, ” said Harish Awasthi, who was the AAP candidate from Rithala. “Booth level work has begun in Rithala. Leaders in charge of booths are being identified and given training. The membership drive here has helped mobilise a lot of support — thousands of residents have registered as members.”

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    raman sharma
    Feb 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm
    My sympathy to AAP for resigning for a public welfare cause now public has known the inside khichdi of BJP and congress
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      raman sharma
      Feb 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm
      My sympathy to AAP for resigning for a public welfare cause now public has known the inside khichdi of BJP and congress
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        raman sharma
        Feb 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm
        very good it has known through themselves that they are bhai- bhai behind public but opponents before public
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          Ani Kerala
          Feb 15, 2014 at 4:00 am
          The newly married couple Congress & AAP enjo their honeymoon by promising delivery of "Jokpal baby" and now committed abortion of the baby for applying divorce peion.. Where is our jokpal baby ?? Where is our jokpal baby ?? AAP married Congress at 'raamleela kalyan mandap' by conducting fake sms poll, then why didn't they took SMS poll before divorcing ??Broken AAP-CON govt.. A failed Love story on Valentin's day..
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            G.Verma
            Feb 15, 2014 at 4:11 am
            AAP wants to keep Janlokpal issue alive as it was this issue which brought them on political horizon of this country. In Lok Pal it sees as smooth page for Lok Sabha. It is hardly concerned with Stability in political system. Through acts of Gimmickery it has made Consution a mockery.
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              G.Verma
              Feb 15, 2014 at 4:11 am
              AAP wants to keep Janlokpal issue alive as it was this issue which brought them on political horizon of this country. In Lok Pal it sees as smooth page for Lok Sabha. It is hardly concerned with Stability in political system. Through acts of Gimmickery it has made Consution a mockery.
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                Mrinal
                Feb 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
                AK is in a hurry to partite in Loksabha Election. The allegation made by them against others without substance will backfire on them if they continue that atude.
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                  Mrinal
                  Feb 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
                  AK is in a hurry to partite in Loksabha Election. The allegation made by them against others without substance will backfire on them if they continue that atude.
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                    Mrinal
                    Feb 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
                    AK is in a hurry to partite in Loksabha Election. The allegation made by them against others without substance will backfire on them if they continue that atude.
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                      Mrinal
                      Feb 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
                      They are only focused on winning elections by any means, they do not show any values whatsoever is shown and does not keep their words. they are just marketing the corruption by using media.this is not going to work anymore for them..
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                        Mrinal
                        Feb 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
                        They are only focused on winning elections by any means, they do not show any values whatsoever is shown and does not keep their words. they are just marketing the corruption by using media.this is not going to work anymore for them..
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                          Mrinal
                          Feb 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
                          They are only focused on winning elections by any means, they do not show any values whatsoever is shown and does not keep their words. they are just marketing the corruption by using media.this is not going to work anymore for them..
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                            mystyle chilly
                            Feb 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm
                            i'm wondering what happens now to kejriwal and aap.can they get full majority if elections are held in delhi again
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                              mystyle chilly
                              Feb 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm
                              i'm wondering what happens now to kejriwal and aap.can they get full majority if elections are held in delhi again
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                                Radha Garima
                                Feb 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm
                                Kejriwal ji ko istifa ni dena chahiye
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                                  Radha Garima
                                  Feb 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm
                                  Kejriwal ji ko istifa ni dena chahiye
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                                    Russ
                                    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm
                                    AK -- Reigned from CM Seat to bring strongest Lokpal billAK's Achievements during his 49 days tenure(1) Free supply of 667 litres of water daily for households with metered connections.(2) No red or blue beacons on official cars, bringing an end to ‘VIP culture’(3) government schools surve for infrastructure deficiency and given Rs.1 lakh each for immediate repairs.(4) Launched anti-corruption and nursery admission helplines.(5) Registered first information reports (FIR) against former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dik in irregularities in the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, former minister Murli Deora and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani for allegedly colluding to inflate natural gas prices and raising power bills.Modi - Killed 2000 people to be in CM chair for 10 years.Modi's Achievements during his 10 years tenure to save his CM chair:(1) Opposed Lokayukt for ten years in Gujrat and spent crores to stop (2) Protected convicted ministersBabubhai BokhiriaAmit ShahMaya KodnaniPurushottam Solanki(3) Snooping on the girl(4) 10,000 police to protect Mr modi and Red becons(5) No development in eductionDECIDE NOW.
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                                      Russ
                                      Feb 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm
                                      AK -- Reigned from CM Seat to bring strongest Lokpal billAK's Achievements during his 49 days tenure(1) Free supply of 667 litres of water daily for households with metered connections.(2) No red or blue beacons on official cars, bringing an end to ‘VIP culture’(3) government schools surve for infrastructure deficiency and given Rs.1 lakh each for immediate repairs.(4) Launched anti-corruption and nursery admission helplines.(5) Registered first information reports (FIR) against former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dik in irregularities in the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, former minister Murli Deora and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani for allegedly colluding to inflate natural gas prices and raising power bills.Modi - Killed 2000 people to be in CM chair for 10 years.Modi's Achievements during his 10 years tenure to save his CM chair:(1) Opposed Lokayukt for ten years in Gujrat and spent crores to stop (2) Protected convicted ministersBabubhai BokhiriaAmit ShahMaya KodnaniPurushottam Solanki(3) Snooping on the girl(4) 10,000 police to protect Mr modi and Red becons(5) No development in eductionDECIDE NOW.
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                                        Sherin
                                        Feb 14, 2014 at 11:33 am
                                        First of all, let AAP prove their mettle in Delhi. So far their performance is far from exemplary. Let them walk their talk in Delhi. What is the hurry to jump in to Loksabha fray?. They are hating all the present politicians. In Delhi when they contested, they were confidant of majority and hence there was a meaning in their contest. In Lok sabha, even in their wildest estimate, they do not expect more than 30 to 40 seats. Then what is the use of their fighting the elections? Only to create anarchy?
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                                          Sherin
                                          Feb 14, 2014 at 11:33 am
                                          First of all, let AAP prove their mettle in Delhi. So far their performance is far from exemplary. Let them walk their talk in Delhi. What is the hurry to jump in to Loksabha fray?. They are hating all the present politicians. In Delhi when they contested, they were confidant of majority and hence there was a meaning in their contest. In Lok sabha, even in their wildest estimate, they do not expect more than 30 to 40 seats. Then what is the use of their fighting the elections? Only to create anarchy?
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                                            Sherin
                                            Feb 14, 2014 at 11:33 am
                                            First of all, let AAP prove their mettle in Delhi. So far their performance is far from exemplary. Let them walk their talk in Delhi. What is the hurry to jump in to Loksabha fray?. They are hating all the present politicians. In Delhi when they contested, they were confidant of majority and hence there was a meaning in their contest. In Lok sabha, even in their wildest estimate, they do not expect more than 30 to 40 seats. Then what is the use of their fighting the elections? Only to create anarchy?
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