‘Aam Admi Party’

Announcing the launch of his political party ‘Aam Admi Party’, Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that if his party came to power in the general elections, action would be taken against all corrupt political leaders and they would be subjected to due punishment within six months, that anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill would be adopted within fifteen days, CBI would be rendered independent and sovereign; and freeing the entire Indian society from corruption, basic needs of all citizens would be fulfilled. He said, “The entire country, from the high-ups to the lower level, is submerged in corruption; bribery in government offices is common; this situation is affecting the common man most; and as a result of this ever newer problem is threatening the country.” Raising the slogan “Hamara neta kaisa ho, aam admi jaisa ho (what should our leader look like, he should be like a common man)” in a public meeting on 26 November, he said, “If this new party comes to power, the real power in the country will be in the hands of the common man.” – There is no doubt that the party’s launching ceremony in New Delhi witnessed great zeal and enthusiasm.

One cause of disagreement
Kejriwal is a famous social activist. Two years ago, he along with a social activist of Maharashtra Anna Hazare and some other active personages had launched a strong and effective countrywide campaign against corruption but later on some disagreement in methodology developed among them. One cause of disagreement was that it was targeting only Congress and its Central Government while its attitude towards BJP was mild, and the BJP was also supporting it directly and RSS had openly announced to support it. And thus BJP was benefiting with this entire campaign. The stand of Arvind Kejriwal was that both the big parties were corrupt; therefore they should voice against both of them. Anna Hazare was not in favour of a new party (to him BJP was enough) while Arvind was of the view that eradication was not possible without direct participation in electoral politics. Now those who are on the platform of Aam Admi Party along with Arvind Kejriwal appear to some extent sincere and determined; for example renowned lawyers Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, former naval chief Ram Das, Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, etc.

Let Arvind recall that discussion
Keeping in view the statements made, thoughts expressed and measures taken by the founder of Aam Admi Party, it would not be wrong to think that he is sincere in his endeavours, very much worried about the level of corruption, and wants to eradicate it at any cost. He is somewhat sentimental, often uses very harsh language. But he is a man committed to work. Therefore it seems proper to remind him to recall the talk that Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Omari had told him in the Jamaat headquarters last year when he along with his team was there to have a discussion with Jamaat functionaries. The Jamaat chief had told Arvind Kejriwal and his team that eradication of all evils including corruption is not possible without nurturing the concept of the Creator and Master and the Day of Judgement. Arvind had admitted, “Yes, at present this aspect is not included in our campaign; but now after your suggestion we would think over it, and if necessary we would visit you once again for your guidance.” Now, when Arvind Kejriwal is the founder and the most influential leader of his party, he must think over this aspect. The task is apparently difficult but, if it sounds well, this is the easiest way to eradicate corruption.

04/ 12/12 khabar-O-Nazar by Parwaaz Rahmani, sehrozaDAWAT, translated by: Abu Yusuf

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