AAP as a ray of hope!
Recently, in connection with election campaign for the local candidate Haji Mohammad Younus, I along with some seven volunteers of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were heading towards Mustaffabad, a township located in the north eastern part of Delhi.
As we were heading towards Mustaffabad we had to hire e-rickshaws near Seelampur because the Delhi Metro has not initiated its services towards Mustaffabad which is relatively very much underdeveloped. After traveling one kilometer or so, we noticed that two young school girls waving their hands after our rickshaw crossed in front of them. Initially we thought they were AAP supporters as all of us were wearing caps of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The girls continued to wave their hands, and we could feel that they wanted to tell us something and were asking us to stop. Without wasting a moment all of us got down immediately from the rickshaws, and went towards these young girls who were hardly 13 or 14 years of age. When I asked one of the girls what the matter was, she started crying and told me that some rouges keep harassing them daily at a particular spot while they come back from school. When we went inside the narrow lane which the girls pointed towards, the boys had escaped from the spot as they sensed trouble after seeing us. We then raised our voice and called all the shopkeepers and told them this story. Now they too started looking for those scoundrels but they had already run away.
The shopkeepers and local residents present there assured us that in future they would ensure the safety of these girls, and other school girls as well. This kind of a reaction from locals not only boosted our morale but the horrified girls too felt very relaxed. We then proceeded ahead towards our destination and kept discussing this incident for days together. The said incident made all of us realize how ordinary people in Delhi, particularly the oppressed, feel about Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Why didn’t these young girls call the policemen, shopkeepers, senior citizen, or any other person of that area to come to their rescue? Why they sought help from us being the AAP volunteers ? This is the positive impact Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has created on the minds of the people especially in Delhi, and a girl as young as 13 or 14 also feels AAP volunteers as saviours and protectors. This is the kind of psychological impact Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and its leader Arvind Kejriwal, has made on the hearts and minds of people across India, in particular Delhi.
BJP has spend crores of rupees on its election campaign, rallies, advertisements, but AAP still remains ahead in virtually all the opinion polls. It is a matter of fact that people of Delhi were annoyed with Arvind Kejriwal for his decision to resign from the post of Chief Minister after mere 49 days last year, but as soon as the election notification was issued for the fresh elections, the perception of people again went in favour of AAP and this is because people of Delhi actually love Kejriwal and his Aam Admi Party (AAP). Arvind Kejriwal’s 49 days Government and its decision to cut power bills to half and provide free drinking water, created history in Delhi. During the 49 days of AAP’s rule, the corruption graph decreased drastically in Delhi and people do remember all those achievements and that is the reason people would again elect AAP to power with full majority. Declaring Kiran Bedi as Chief Ministerial candidate initially seemed to be BJP’s masterstroke, but as she hit the election trail, it became quite apparent that her appeal and acceptance did not go beyond BJP’s traditional middle class vote bank. While on the other hand AAP’s acceptance has grown among all the sections of society, particularly among lower income groups, youth, and particularly Muslims who hardly voted for AAP in December 2013 assembly elections. Pertinently youth voters below 30 comprise 25% of the total electorate in Delhi and their support is absolutely for Kejriwal
Here I am not applauding AAP for being a supporter of this party, but the incident of harassment of the young girls, and they seeking our support with the hope that we are their protectors made me and other volunteers very emotional, and we realized how ordinary people in Delhi feel about Aam Admi Party (AAP) and its volunteers. After BJP’s clean sweep in Lok Sabha elections and other state assembly elections, a perception had been created that nobody can dare confront Modi wave, but the Delhi residents will prove that it was a myth. The way people have exhibiting their support for AAP during the election rallies which I have witnessed personally, clearly indicates that the party of the common man will surely sweep the elections with a thumping majority.