About Aam Aadmi Party
Aam Aadmi Party was launched on 26 November 2012 and presently is the ruling party of Delhi. It was formed because of the differences between Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare, whether to “politicize” India Against Corruption movement that had been demanding a JanLok Pal bill since 2011.
However another difference, was the difference in the opinion of the Hazare and Kejriwal. Hazare wanted the movement should remain politically unaligned while Kejriwal felt the failure of the agiation route necessitated a direct political involvement.
In the 2013, Delhi legislative assembly election, AAP made it debut and it won 28 seats out of the 70 seats and came out as second largest party. AAP formed minority government with conditional support from the Congress. An important part of the agenda was to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill in Union Territory.
After the election, the major parties did not supported the bill and the AAP government resigned only after 49 days.
In 2015, Delhi Legislative Assembly election, AAP won 67 seats out of 70 seats in total. BJP just got 3 seats, while Congress got zero seats.
AAP was started by the the India Against Corruption movement organized by Hazare and Kejriwal and few other activist who were involved in the Team Anna, a strand of anti corruption movement that gained strength during 2011 and 2012.
Aap is led by Arvind Kejriwal. AAP was campaigned from door to door with the help of social media and the induction of highly educated volunteers. Gopal Rai, Kumar Vishwas, Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan, Sanjay Singh and Yogendra Yadav are included in the committee of political affairs AAP.
AAP had attracted various prominent names from different segments of the society. Personalities like Captain Gopinath, Founder of Air Deccan; Mallika Sarabhai, noted danseuse; Meera Sanyal, CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland-India; Sameer Nair, former CEO of Star TV; V Balakrishnan, Infosys board member; and many more joined hands with AAP.
Election Symbol of the AAP
Arvind has taken up the task of cleaning the country of corruption. Broom is the offical election symbol for AAP. Aap’s slogan is Jhaadu chalaao, beimaan bhagaao (wield the broom, get rid of cheats) which aims at saving the Indian political system from politicains who are corrupt.
Achievements of the AAP
In New Delhi, after coming to power, AAP reduced electricity bills to 400 units.It also provided houses with free water with water meter (up to 20 kilo litres).The Kejriwal government also scrapped the much-debated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-retail.AAP set up an anti-corruption helpline for citizens to report on corrupt government officials.
|AAP (Aam Aadmi Party)|
|Founded||26 November 2012|
|Headquarters||28/8, East Patel Nagar, New Delhi-08|
|Student wing||Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS)|
|Youth wing||Aam Aadmi Party Youth Wing|
|Women’s wing||AAP Ki Mahila Shakti|
|ECI Status||State party|
|National convener||Arvind Kejriwal|
|Seats in Lok Sabha||4 / 545|
|Seats in Rajya Sabha||0 / 245|
|Seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly||67 / 70|