Apart from the two independent candidates, one of the first to file nomination papers on Wednesday was Shyam Bharteey, the chief of Gareeb Aadmi Party (GAP), a party formed in March last year as a retort to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Bharteey says he got disgruntled with the AAP “because it became corrupt like any other party and quit the government on the “fake issue” of Jan Lokpal”. “They forgot all the other important issues that all volunteers had worked towards,” he said.
“We worked whole-heartedly with the Anna movement and, later, in the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party. But Kejriwal broke our trust. That time I was alone, but now many are leaving that party joining us,” Bharteey said.
Through GAP, Bharteey says he will fulfil the dreams that was shattered by Kejriwal. “We will work to ensure a corruption-free administration that functions for the betterment of all,” he claimed. “People want change, and that’s something we saw in the last elections. If our manifesto is able to reach the people, they will definitely vote for us,” Bharteey said.
Bharteey says he has already finalised 12 candidates and is working towards fielding candidates from all 70 Assembly constituencies.
His party has also prepared a 10-point manifesto, the main point of which is to have 10 “janta bhojnalayas” (public eateries) in each of the 70 constituencies. The other points include having public facilities for the “poor” on a par with the “rich”, free health and medical facilities for the poor in all private hospitals, justice for the poor at doorstep, and high-speed internet, among others.