New Delhi, Jan 13 IBNS | 2 years ago

Social activist and National Alliance of Peoples Movement (NAPM) convenor Medha Patkar on Monday joined Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

"We consider the attempt of AAP as a movement and appreciate the endeavour to fill in the political vacuum. It's because the AAP is following the movement ways, giving regard to mass participation and bringing in simplicity and selfless service into politics that many comrades and colleagues in various people's movements have decided to extend our active support to AAP," said Patkar in a statement.

"The decision is based on our viewing AAP as an evolving political vehicle for people's movements," she said.

Patkar further said: "We are however, yet to discuss some aspects - ideological to strategical - with AAP leadership and ensure a mechanism to establish a relation of the party with the people's movements."

"Many of us are part of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), a non-party political platform, which will continue to retain its independent identity and provide input to programmes and policies and also lead struggles on people's issues as done always," she said.

"We see AAP itself as a movement that bring in complementarity and hence we confide in its leadership to evolve such process and spaces within for the long term struggle to clean politics and bring in an alternative politics and political culture," she said.

Patkar said modalities will be completed after a meeting with the AAP leadership in Delhi on Jan 16-17 Jan.

"We will announce forms of support and our interventions into the political arena with AAP with all formalities and processes after our dialogue in Delhi on 16-17th of January and look forward to a new era of politics - electoral and non-electoral as strengthening each other and the Indian society with democracy, unity in diversity and equity," she said.

(Posted on 13-01-2014)