The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has begun preparations for selection of its candidates in Gujarat for 2014 general elections. They would be selected on the basis of recommendations from local voters,the party leaders said.
Speaking to The Indian Express,state party convener Sukhdev Patel said the party had set up committees for each of the 26 Lok Sabha constituency to study its geography,political history and poll dynamics.
The selection of candidates would be done on the basis of recommendations of party workers from respective constituencies and would not be enforced from top bosses as was the case in other parties,he said.
Elaborating upon,he said that the candidates aspiring to contest the polls would have to submit recommendations from at least 1,000 registered electorates of the constituencies.
The party leaders would then shortlist five of the aspirants and put their biodata on the partys website and ask for public suggestions about each of them.
The candidate receiving maximum support from the public will be the official nominee, said Patel.
This is the process decided by the party till now for selection of candidates to ensure victory, he said,adding that the same criteria was followed in Delhi Assembly polls,resulting in spectacular victory of its candidates.
Stating that AAP was a completely new party,he said there would not be any bhai-bhatijavaad or favouritism in the selection based on proximity of candidates to any senior party leader.
We will also not go by caste or creed,but simply on merit of the candidate though it may be a little difficult in Gujarat keeping in view an atmosphere of fear created by some political groups. But we will have to face it all for the sake of providing an alternative to the aam aadmi (common people), he said.
He said that his party had already proved that caste and religion had become outdated in Indian politics by fielding Shazia Ilmi,a Muslim,from R K Puram in Delhi,a completely Hindu area.
Though Shazia lost by merely less than 250 votes,it proved peoples rejection of criteria of religion in casting their votes and their preference for merit of the candidate to bring a change, he said.
We will prove this in Gujarat as well that aam aadmi is interested in merit of the candidate and not his caste and religion to usher in a new era in political history of India, he added.
Asked about what inspired the party to have Vande Mataram at the end of every official mail,he said,Our official slogan is Hamara Neta Kaisai Ho,Aam Aadmi Jaisa Ho and Aam Aadmi Zindabad.
We have adopted
this slogan to honour Indias cultural diversity. We have to maintain it because
cultural diversity is necessary to have dynamism in
Indias body-politik, he said.
As for some people raising Bharat Mata ki Jai or Inquilab Zindabad in party programmes,he said any one could do it individually,but it was not compulsory in the interest of religious susceptibilities and maintaining cultural diversity.
India is a multi-cultural society and hence,cultural sensitivities of each group has to be taken into account to achieve a long term political agenda, he further said.