Winning elections not our sole motto: AAP
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) executive member Ajit Jha today said that Delhi election result was a turning point in transforming the AAP from a social activism group to a mainstream political party.
Dr Jha a history professor in Delhi University (DU)and a known social activist, who was in the city to take part in road hows in support of party candidate for Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha Kuna Raman and other Assembly nominees, said unlike others, winning elections was not their sole motto.
"We are here to express anger and frustration of people, and their expectation. We are not aspiring for power or money. "After making certain assessment of politics, we have found that most people want a corruption-free administration.
"Once we formed a political party, though Ramlila Maidan was the epicentre, our main task has increased manifold," Dr Jha said.
To a question, he said it was wrong to presume that AAP became popular after Delhi polls.
"It's not true. Before Delhi mandate itself, we opened branches in 300 districts and formed some sort of structure in another 200 districts.
"We admit that the Delhi result was a turning point in consolidating our support base through social media and other forms," he pointed out.
He State that in the first list of 20 candidates, they had included social activists like Medha Patkar of Narmada Bachao Andolan and Lingaraj of Odisha.
"We are firm on not only taking up corruption as a core issue, but also fighting against multiple ills to empower people at the grassroots," he added.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)