Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came into existence through ‘Anna andolan’ and was apparently saddled with lofty ethics rising above caste and creed. Its anti-corruption stance won it many supporters.
But, just like other political parties, AAP is also treading on the political path with a sectarian approach. Firstly, it released its youth manifesto in Amritsar, which had a purpose. All the youth activities got initiated from Amritsar for which it is well known.
It chose a Jat Sikh Sucha Singh Chhotepur to be its Punjab convener. Punjab is a Jat dominant state and AAP’s decision was very well received.
The party went on to release ‘Kisan’ manifesto from Baghapura in Moga district. The party knew that farmers of Malwa were its vote bank; hence the manifesto was released from Baghapurana.
Industry manifesto was released in Ludhiana which was called Manchester of Punjab with massive industrial presence.
AAP released its Dalit manifesto from Doaba’s Goraya town as this segment had largest population of scheduled caste voters. The ‘derawaad’ had strong following in Doaba.
The announcement in Goraya to hoist a Dalit as the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab aimed at appeasing Dalits.
Political analysts are of the view that just like traditional political parties, AAP too engaged itself in parochial and old fashioned tactics played by others.
Its claim to oppose corruption, black money, poor law and order situation turned out to be mere slogans. The recent development of keeping its nominees on probation if they don’t run their campaign “properly” would be replaced, has amazed one and all. The replacement of Bhoa constituency candidate Dr. Vinodh Kumar with Amarjit Singh was the first causality of the probation policy. On Saturday Ranjodh Singh Sran from Dharamkot constituency was replaced by Daljit Singh Sadarpura.
In nutshell it can be summed up that AAP is behaving in a no different manner as was being done by traditionalists to win power.
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