Will prepare manifestos for each of Delhi’s seats: AAP
Oct 20, 2013 02:53 PM , By PTI | 9 comments
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal during a meeting with people in New Delhi. File photo
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal during a meeting with people in New Delhi. File photo

Continuing with its unique moves to ensure peoples’ participation in governance, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will by early next month come up with 71 manifestos, one each for the 70 Assembly constituencies in Delhi with the remaining one to cover the city as a whole.

The move by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party, which is contesting all 70 Assembly seats in the polls scheduled for December 4, is to ensure people’s participation in governance.

The common manifesto for Delhi state would include plans for making the city slum free, improving the quality of education in government schools, making health facilities accessible for all, ensuring a daily supply of 700 litres of water free of cost to each household and bringing about a reduction in power tariffs, among others.

The party said it had found in a recent survey that drinking water was a major problem in most areas of Delhi.

“Unlike other political parties, who generally put their agenda on the election manifesto instead of the people’s needs and requirements, we are preparing 70 separate manifestos,” a party leader said.

The manifestos would highlight the major issues plaguing a particular constituency.

“For this, our volunteers and candidates are going door to door meeting people and enquiring about specific problems in their areas which needed immediate attention,” he said.

After all the information, demands and requirements included, has been gathered from a particular constituency, the process of “fine tuning” of the manifesto would begin.

“Common and major problems and the requirements of a constituency would be included in the “fine-tuned” manifesto, which would be finalised after thorough consultations with the eminent residents of the area,” he said.

“If their (peoples’) issues find place in the manifesto, then they would actively participate in the whole exercise (of governance),” he said.

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  • ON seeing the separate manifesto for each of the 70 Delhi corporation election It reminded me of the manifesto issued by Mr George Fernandez. After became the minister he could not implement any one of items in the manifesto. It was used to get votes. Kejariwal has developed into a full politician and knew the art of cheating the people. Even before starting the political party he could able to get a donation of 1.25 crores from Infosys Narayanamurthy for his trust account. Easy way to spin money is to start a political party and attack the ruling party. Kejariwal is doing the exact thing. He is deliberately cheating people by issuing 70 manifestos. Thank God he stopped with it. Otherwise he will start issuing individual manifesto to every individual assuring them that he will reduce the electricity bill by 75% no water charges etc. Donot cheat the people
    From: M Rajendran
    Posted: Oct 21, 2013 at 17:21 IST
  • Even though I am a MODI follower and believe he can change India, I also have great faith in AAM and wish them best of luckand want them to win Delhi as a start. Slowly let us change India. Who know BJP and AAM can be two major parties of future with corrupt Gandhi family removed from the India soil.
    From: Honga Singh
    Posted: Oct 21, 2013 at 8:33 IST
  • This is a unique and brilliant idea which will ensure the people's participation in governance. When kejriwal announced the participation of people and mohalla sabhas in government many people thought it an impossible task. AAP has till now lived upto expectations and hope to see them in power. High expectations from delhi.
    From: Prince
    Posted: Oct 20, 2013 at 22:57 IST
  • This has been the apt approach of planning and implementing socio- economic development programs involving people's and community participation which was advocated by Mahatma Gandhijee but the congress party just targeted for votes while conceptualising programs and officials implementing programs started siphoning moneys. It is only Rae Bareli and Amethi constituencies right from late Mrs Indira Gandhi's time till today got crores of Rupees but impact has been zero. It is time now to evaluate all programs in these two constituencies by independent professionals to assess the impact in terms of employment generated, output, rate of economic return, among others.
    From: Dr Amrit Patel
    Posted: Oct 20, 2013 at 21:25 IST
  • I had watched every video of arvind kejriwal's campaign and i have to admit that this man talks from his heart. He has struck the raw nerve of many citizens of delhi which definitely is going to give the much wanted "jolt" to mainstream parties which always took people for granted. To be honest, i see the image of "Subash chandra bose" in him and he reminds me of the freedom struggle of India when Bose left Gandhi to form the Indian national army. The scene is very similar now as Kejriwal left Anna hazare to form AAP.
    From: John
    Posted: Oct 20, 2013 at 21:21 IST
  • Honest candidates, empathetic identity with the downtrodden (not just photo-ops in front of the paid-media, with an eye on the vote bank), bottom-up creation of Community Agenda and Programme of Deliverables with Deadlines developed with active and direct participation of the inhabitants of that community, a truly secular approach (a party which respects that citizens’ religious preferences are their personal affairs, and does not exploit religion for party politics) are in the BEST TRADITIONS of participatory, devolved, democracy (what AAP calls 'Swaraj' or self-rule) - something the whole world may like to study! No other political party comes anywhere near the high principles and genuine values of this party. Delhites should, therefore, grab this unique opportunity to spearhead the imminent change ushering in real democracy and good governance into India for the first time since independence (in name only), while citizens elsewhere wait for their chance to vote AAP into office.
    From: D Mahapatra
    Posted: Oct 20, 2013 at 19:35 IST
  • Way to go, Arvind! What a refreshing change and hope you and your colleagues are bringing about for cleansing the political system and for ushering in better governance. Excellent beginning for a committed political party - very best wishes to you and your associates.
    From: chandra
    Posted: Oct 20, 2013 at 17:28 IST
  • This is the most impressive step of AAP and something that might never have been practiced. This is known as COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN CONSTITUENCY BUILD-UP. My best wishes to Aam Aadmi Party and volunteers for this exercise. Uproot Congress party in such a manner that new seeds take generations to even get planted.
    From: Tejas
    Posted: Oct 20, 2013 at 16:40 IST
  • This is an Exemplary Step by Aam Aadmi Party. Constituency wise Multiple Manifestos is a Brilliant Idea and the need of present day India. We have varying local problems and expectations. A copy of local manifesto can be given to people to ensure better accountability in the eyes of people after the elections. It will also provide a Yardstick to People to judge the performance of their elected representatives, how well they try redress their issues and problems. It will also encourage better people's participation in the democratic process and governance. Then an additional Common Manifesto will reflect Unity among Diversity of agenda and problems. This is the true spirit of the democracy. I congratulate AAP for this brilliant idea and wish them the best implementation now.
    From: Abhay
    Posted: Oct 20, 2013 at 16:11 IST