AAP needs to see that members live up to 'clean' image
Yesterday, this paper reported about a south Mumbai store owner wanting to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and contest the Lok Sabha elections. In the report, AAP’s Maharashtra committee member, Anjali Damania, was quoted as saying, that the party had appealed to people who wanted to contest the forthcoming elections to fill in forms and they will be selected after ‘due’ process.
While AAP’s win and Arvind Kejriwal’s swearing-in as the Delhi chief minister has certainly brought hope for the common man, it is now up to the AAP to look very carefully at all those people who want to use the AAP plank to get into politics.The AAP has delivered on its promise that to change the system, the common man or aam aadmi must get into politics, as standing outside and criticising cannot bring about real change. Yet, one hopes that AAP’s due process of selecting candidates is a thorough vetting of individuals, their past records and motives for joining the party. Not pointing to any individual in particular, the AAP needs to be able to sift the publicity hungry from those who truly want to work for the nation, as the party claims.
AAP must have a clear vetting system for its candidates to make this happen. They need to check very carefully past antecedents and records of all those wishing to join the party and also keep in mind that being a ‘common man’ is not an automatic ticket to the party or, in fact, a common man may not necessarily be a ‘clean man’. The party needs to probe in some depth as to why people want to join the party. The AAP’s well-intentioned plank for the common man purpose might boomerang, if there are too many questions about new party members or candidates.
There is also a danger of it being reduced to ridicule, if those in the party cannot really govern or know enough to be able to work at that level. Good intentions, however honourable, may not ensure success at this level, because the party is a significant player on the political stage. Most of all, it needs to see that members live up to the ‘clean’ image it has based itself on, as more than anything, it is the corruption-free ideology that has touched the pulse of the people. Choose wisely and well, AAP.