Aam Aadmi Party (translation: Common Man's Party; abbreviated AAP) is an Indian political party, formally launched on 26 November 2012. It came into existence following differences between the activists Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare regarding whether or not to politicise the popular India Against Corruption movement that had been demanding a Jan Lokpal Bill since 2011. Hazare preferred that the movement should remain politically unaligned while Kejriwal felt the failure of the agitation route necessitated a direct political involvement. The party's political symbol for the 2013 elections in Delhi is a Broom. The AAP has led several protests since its formation. Among these was a campaign against an alleged nexus between government and private corporations relating to price rises for electricity and water in Delhi. Another saw the party demanding justice for victims of sexual harassment and rape, including the introduction of a stronger anti-rape law.
Continuing with its unique moves to ensure peoples' participation in governance, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will by early next month come up with 71 manifestos, one each for the 70 Assembly constituencies in Delhi with the remaining one to cover the city as a whole.
The move by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party, which is contesting all 70 Assembly seats in the polls scheduled for Dec. 4, is to ensure people's participation in governance.
The common manifesto for Delhi state would include plans for making the city slum free, improving the quality of education in government schools, making health facilities accessible for all, ensuring a daily supply of 700 litres of water free of cost to each household and bringing about a reduction in power tariffs, among others.
The party said it had found in a recent survey that drinking water was a major problem in most areas of Delhi.
"Unlike other political parties, who generally put their agenda on the election manifesto instead of the people's needs and requirements, we are preparing 70 separate manifestos," a party leader said.
The manifestos would highlight the major issues plaguing a particular constituency.
The common manifesto for Delhi state would include plans for making the city slum free, improving the quality of education in government schools, making health facilities accessible for all, ensuring a daily supply of 700 litres of water free of cost to each household and bringing about a reduction in power tariffs, among others. The party said it had found in a recent survey that drinking water was a major problem in most areas of Delhi. "Unlike other political parties, who generally put their agenda on the election manifesto instead of the people's needs and requirements, we are preparing 70 separate manifestos," a party leader said. The manifestos would highlight the major issues plaguing a particular constituency. "For this, our volunteers and candidates are going door to door meeting people and enquiring about specific problems in their areas which needed immediate attention," he said. After all the information, demands and requirements included, has been gathered from a particular constituency, the process of "fine tuning" of the manifesto would begin. "Common and major problems and the requirements of a constituency would be included in the "fine-tuned" manifesto, which would be finalised after thorough consultations with the eminent residents of the area," he said. "If their (peoples') issues find place in the manifesto, then they would actively participate in the whole exercise (of governance)," he said.
TESTING THE AAP OBJECTIVES
5.1.1 The proposed objectives of the AAP set out what it is aiming to achieve in spatial planning terms and set the context for the development of options for the AAP (i.e. alternative means of achieving the objectives). 5.1.2 It is important for the objectives of the AAP to be in accordance with sustainability principles. With this in mind, the Guidance recommends that the objectives should be tested for compatibility with the SA objectives. The AAP objectives also need to be compatible with each other, and the SA objectives will be one way of checking for this. 5.1.3 The Guidance suggests using a matrix to compare the plan objectives with the SA objectives. The North West Cambridge AAP draft report sets out 13 objectives and describes these as option 8.1. The numbering does not give priority to any one objective. 1. To ensure sustainable development;
2. To identify a new Green Belt boundary which allows for the development of the site without fundamentally undermining the purposes of the Green Belt ; 3. To provide an appropriate landscape setting and high quality edge treatment for Cambridge; 4. To ensure appropriate separation between Cambridge and the village of Girton to maintain village character and identity; 5. To create a new community which respects and links with adjoining communities; 6. To create a satisfactory mix of uses, taking into account: Identified University-related uses
The need for Key Worker housing with the emphasis on University and College staff; 7. To maximise walking and cycling and public transport use; 8. To determine what transport infrastructure is needed to link the development to key destinations in Cambridge and to the wider network and how it is to be delivered; 9. To provide standards for infrastructure provision including renewable energy, open space and car and cycle parking; 10. To determine the level, type and general location of community uses needed to satisfactorily serve the development; 11. To determine appropriate phasing of development taking into account that development should only proceed when the University can prove the need for it; 12. To ascertain what funding and investment is available to secure the infrastructure needs of the development; 13. To protect existing wildlife and secure a net increase in biodiversity SYMBOL
Aam Aadmi Party Gets 'Broom' as its Election Symbol
Aam Aadmi Party is happy to announce that the Election Commission has allotted the party a reserved symbol of 'Broom' for all the 70 assembly constituencies of Delhi. With this the party has crossed the second milestone (after party's registration) on its way to cleaning up the polity of the country. With the Broom which symbolizes dignity of labour, the party hopes to clean the filth which has permeated our government and our legislature. The country needs a clean sweep of its corrupted main stream political parties.
Three independent polls conducted recently by CSDS, C Voter and Total TV are already showing that Aam Aadmi Party is not merely a serious contender in Delhi already but is on its way to sweep the polls in Delhi to begin with. These surveys show that AAP is being perceived as the right political alternative in Delhi.
AAP would formally launch the Party's election symbol in a public event on August 3rd.