AAP has shown so much promise after their phenomenal performance in Delhi elections but people got disillusioned after some of mis-steps and are quick enough to write it off. Here I would like to address some of the questions related to AAP , their ideology and why it makes sense to support AAP.
What is AAP ?
Aam Admi Party is not a typical party but it’s more like an idea. It’s a party born out of social movement. Their fundamental idea is Jan Lok Pal Bill – a strong anti corruption bill.
What are the other main ideas of AAP ?
Swaraj – which essentially means self-rule. It is participatory democracy where in the local civil issues are identified and addressed by citizens of that area. More on Swaraj here .
What is their manifesto ?
Where can I find information about AAP candidates ?
AAP has lost my faith after their dharna , quitting from government ?
Well there may be multiple viewpoints as to why it is a right/wrong decision.I personally feel it’s a mistake at some level to have gone ahead to form govt with Cong and then get it all sort of unwanted controversies. A viewpoint on whether AAP ran away from Governance. You may agree or disagree
And if Delhi people on ground have felt that AAP has done good governance , how do we go about understanding their voice vs claim by media ?
AAP have no idea about governance ?
This idea could have very wel planted by media with their continuous reporting on negative aspects of AAP alone. But based on this tracker poll , people seem to be satisfied with AAP. Check Table 3. Also reason why many people are unhappy with AAP resigning comes from fact that they have high levels of satisfaction from AAP.That explains reason I suppose.
Though opinion poll is never a right way to judge , there is no other option left at this point of time.
What will happen if AAP is defeated ?
Nothing much , it will be business as usual for all political parties who will continue with their traditional politics and we as common man will continue cribbing and feel sorry about sad state of affairs.
What if AAP wins 20-30 seats ?
Based on performance of their govt in Delhi , it is impossible for them to rule country since they are very new. But it’s also important that they win decent number of seats in this election.
How will it help if they win the seats ?
For first time,it will put traditional political parties in a spot. They have to counter AAP which means they can no longer have corrupt , poorly performing candidates in their party because we have an alternative . This is first step towards cleansing politics in idea.AAP winning seats where political parties field candidates based on caste or corrupted candidates will teach political parties a big lesson.
I don’t believe AAP now but they can wait until 2019 ?
Well technically this is a logic that make sense. But AAP is not a traditional party. It does not have money to run the party for 5 years if there a wash out in this election.Hence it is important they need to have meaningful tally so that people trust them and party starts believing in itself. Believe me , as per current pre-election poll, they cannot get more than 5 seats. And this would take a toll at many levels.
Modi has better track record and has Gujarat model of governance. Why not vote for him ?
Congress had a really capable leadership up to 2010. Last 2-3 years their performance have been really bad. Reason mostly being corruption. Now if Modi comes to power , what will he do about corruption? I have not heard anything about BJP stand over corruption.
If AAP is talking about Jan Lok Pal bill , I believe them to bring it since they are new party and hence there is no baggage. But same cannot be said about BJP. There are many corrupt people fielded by BJP and if they win , it will be similar to Congress only. If leader was decisive enough , why field candidate corrupt leaders in first place?
But Modi will bring jobs or development ?
How ? That is next question we need to ask. How will Gujarat model of governance be applied across country. What policy changes or plans does Modi envision that will help to hold that promise. I get a feeling that nobody wants to know answers and that we have to blindly believe Modi because he has done good work in Gujarat.
Modi vision and manifesto is not important?
Yes , manifesto are just promises ! But it provides an opportunity for people to see what the party vision is.I dont know what is vision of BJP(other than buzz words like jobs and growth) and how they plan to go about executing it. It’s quite puzzling that even without their ideas or plans , people have decided to vote for Modi and BJP which is a sad thing!
Hey but did you read manifesto last time?
Well that is good question.People are only now getting enlightened about politics after emergence of AAP. Just because we did not scrutinize it last time does not mean we can continue same thing now as well.
So who should we vote ?
Vote for local candidates if they are good – be it any party.Else vote for party which is not corrupt and clean.That will at least a good start. Don’t worry about fact that it is a national election and local issues should be ignored while voting.
You can vote for the person who you believe is good. But don’t base the decision through media reporting, election polls! It’s even better to not believe your friends(myself included) on social media who may be swayed or bluffed by some carefully manufactured consent ! Read two sides of story. If there is only one side to story,try to understand why there is one side alone! Yes,it takes time to research but I feel, it is worth !