Patkar extends support to AAP

To meet AAP representatives on Jan 16-17; JNU prof & CPI member Chenoy joins party.

Mumbai | Updated: January 14, 2014 1:48 am
Activist Medha Patkar announced her decision of joining AAP saying it is time for new wave in Indian politics. Medha Patkar announced her decision of joining AAP saying it is time for new wave in Indian politics.

Social activist Medha Patkar on Monday announced “complete support” to the Aam Aadmi Party which is set to make its debut in the Lok Sabha elections.

The National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) whic is led by Patkar and spearheads grassroots-level movements in several states, will lend its “active support” to the AAP.

While she remained non-committal about her own candidature in the LS polls, Patkar said ideological and strategical issues would be thrashed out at a national-level meeting with AAP representatives on January 16 and 17, following which details on campaigning and candidates would be decided.

The NAPM is an umbrella group of social movements that include Narmada Bachao Andolan in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan in Maharashtra, Jan Sangharsh Vahini in Delhi, Unorganised Sector Workers’ Federation in south India and Lok Shakti Abhiyan in Orissa among others.

“Even though we have been involved in people’s movements, we never considered electoral politics to be untouchable and hence need to take our movement ahead through parliamentary politics. We don’t believe that the state should wither away. From micro to macro to economic issues, we found that we agree with most of AAP’s policies,” Patkar said.

She added that her organisation found a common ground with the AAP on decentralisation of power, policy-making independent of divisive politics of caste, religion or gender and on issues concerning Dalits, Adivasis, farmers, urban poor and middle classes.

She said activist Alok Agarwal from Narmada Bachao Andolan had filed his application for candidature. “The NAPM will continue to retain its independent identity and persist in its earlier struggles,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jawaharlal Nehru University Professor Kamal Mitra Chenoy, who has been a member of the CPI for the last 24 years, also joined AAP. Asked whether Left had rendered itself irrelevant, Chenoy, a former member of the CPI central committee, said: “All I know is that we used to have 50 seats, now we are down to 24. Either we say that people are stupid or we accept that we are behind the times.” He said the AAP has the right mix for any political party and it promises policy making with the will of the people.

The AAP press conference in Delhi, where Prasant Bhushan announced the NBA’s support and Chenoy’s decision to join, was disrupted by activists of the Hindu Sena.

They had earlier ransacked the AAP office in Ghaziabad protesting against Bhushan’s comments about seeking the opinion of people of Kashmir for deployment of Army. The activists shouted slogans against Bhushan and dared Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to answer their questions.

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  1. d
    Jan 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    Middle cl is surprised that why great people from diverse profession are coming to join and support AAP, it is a matter of discussion that a single man like Kejriwal is unable to short out the problems of the nation. really it is very glad that Medha Padker is supporting AAP, and like this more will support.
  2. $
    Jan 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm
    A new wave!!This i gotta see.To me it looks like old wine in a new bottle, the same old communists now in new hip kurtas and designer poets along with a orted journalists. Of course all of them die-hard secular :)
  3. $
    Jan 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm
    Nothing new.Old wine in new bottle.Re-processed communists with an in-house poet :)
  4. G
    Jan 13, 2014 at 11:43 am
    She singlehandedly blocked the Narmada dam project for 10 years and starved millions of drought-hit Gujarati farmers. People in Gujarat spit at her name. She also opposes the manufacturing industry and wants India to be a nation of farmers and khadi workers. With people like these in the AAP our future is bleak. Our children will be unemplo and sleep in bus shelters.
  5. G
    Jan 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm
    Good Megha. You starved people of India because you could not see Gujarat grow to become a prosperous state. Now please make sure the party you join also does not prosper. Thank You
  6. J
    Jan 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm
    Who cares about this lady who is totally against development ?She criticize only for the sake of criticism. Nothing else. She can be compared to communist.
  7. U
    Umesh Joshi
    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:53 am
    It was expected that she will go to them! She has big opportunity to to make halla- gulla! People knows what she is doing! All failed people shall unite under one umbrella to try their luck!
  8. S
    Swaran Singh
    Jan 13, 2014 at 11:11 am
    Ms. Medha Patkar is the supporter of illegal slums? The dream of making Mumbai a world cl city is gone to the dustbin.The idea is to highjack MNS shivsena votes. I am a great supporter of AAP but if people like Medha Patkar come into AAP, the vision of AAP is at risk. Medha PAtkar is an opposite of Mumbai's vision. I hope Raj & Udhav Thackeray will unite now in the face of extinction & make Mumbai or atleast keep Mumbai on the tracks for becoming a world cl city. I am a great supporter of AAP but it must spell its national policies out in open.However Mumbaikars should not vote for anti Mumbai policies if at all. No to illegal slums & land grabers. SW
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