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AAP Australia supports party’s stand on Majithia issue

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BY SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 19 March: AAP Australia has supported party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to tender an apology to former Punjab Minister in the Akali-BJP government Bikram Singh Majithia alleged to be responsible for Punjab’s drug menace.

In a statement signed by office bearers Rakesh Prajapati, Amarjit Singh Brar and Alamjit Singh Boparai and emailed to South Asia Times (SAT) the AAP Australia unit has said, “On behalf of AAP AUSTRALIA we acknowledge and support the party’s decision to tender apology by the party chief Mr Arvind Kejriwalji. We understand that the party’s core committee has done enough brainstorming and made such decision so that our leadership could concentrate on the doing the prime job they have been elected for, that is to serve the people. In the last 3 years of governance, unlike any other political parties, our leadership has proved that their intention is to deliver on their promises.”

“We request all our honest volunteers and the Punjab AAP unit to stand strong in these tough times, as they have always done in the past. The decisions made by the leadership are always in the best interest of the party leading to the bigger goal of delivering clean governance for the much deserving people of our country, the statement said.

FILM REVIEW: ‘An Insignificant Man’ who shook the corrupt status quo

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By Neeraj Nanda

An Insignificant Man: 2016; Directors Khushboo Renka and Vinay Shukla; Running time-96 minutes; Language-Hindi with English subtitles.

Melbourne, 30 May: Directors Khushboo Renka and Vinay Shukla’s ‘An Insignificant Man’ is a documentary which starts with the formation of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) and ends with it forming the first government in Delhi with Congress support, lasting 48 days. The anti-corruption party’s and its’s leader Kejriwal’s phenomenal rise and success is traced with footage that takes the viewer through their offices, private and public meetings, election campaign amidst rising people’s support (December 2012 to the Delhi elections in December 2013).

Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan (later expelled from the party) are visible throughout the film. Poet Kumar Viswas announcing Shiela Dixit’s defeat in the New Delhi seat and earlier creeping tensions in candidate selection speak for themselves.

The AAP cracking the years of the two-party system in Delhi never went well with the BJP and the Congress. In one TV interview just before the election, Shiela Dixit said, “Kejriwal is not even on our radar” and Prime Minister Modi said at an election rally that Delhi has always been with the BJP, indicated how much out of touch the two main parties were in Delhi.

The subsequent developments including the expulsion of Rajendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, Kejriwal resigning as CM, one year of no government in Delhi and the AAP back with 67 out of 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly come as text only as the documentary ends. In fact, much more has happened after the making of this documentary.

What is right or wrong has not been commented upon. Anyone can make their own conclusions. Obviously, those in Indian politics and on the other side of the fence might see it as a projection of Kejriwal and his party. But if you see the documentary this argument might not stand.

One wonders what objection the Indian censor has to the documentary. Reportedly, it wants the producers to get a no objection certificate for the Indian Prime Minister and remove references to the BJP and the Congress.

I suspect, the final word on the AAP and Kajriwal is yet to be said. This documentary is part-1 of the story. Still, no doubt, makes a riveting watch.

The documentary will be shown at the Sydney Film Festival (7-18 June 2017). www.sff.org.au

Aam Aadmi Party Overseas buzz in Social Media

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Dr. Kumar Vishwas, Convener, AAP Overseas has announced the formal structure of the Overseas team of the Aam Aadmi Party to connect Indians abroad to this political revolution in June and an integral part of it was the social media team. AAP Overseas has been able to connect thousands of Indians settled abroad with the fight against corruption in India started by the Aam Aadmi Party.

And his trust in this team was affirmed when within 20 days of the announcement, AAP Overseas created a huge buzz on social media with its anti-drug campaign worldwide called #KickNasha

What crowned this initial achievement was the ‘#TalktoAK’ Campaign which not only trended top in India but was 4th worldwide in twitter trends.

Following with highly successful campaigns like #AKinGujrat etc. AAP Overseas social media team is the trendsetter now on twitter and other SM platforms.

AAP Overseas is not only spreading the work done by the AAP in India but is also responsible for making viral the activities of its different chapters in different countries all over the world. With worldwide trends like #AAPUK4Punjab #AAPCanadaYouth etc. it is the frontrunner in Global trends leaving Social media teams of other political parties far behind trying to achieve even one tenth of the success of AAP Overseas.

This team really showed her mettle with back to back campaigns against the highly criticized demonetisation scheme of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s. The way they brought out the loopholes of the scheme right in its initial stages made their trends worldwide drawing media attention to what was intrinsically wrong with this drastic step.

And now it’s crowning glory is the Chalo Punjab and Calling Campaign, where Indians settled abroad, are being motivated to return to India and Campaign to save Punjab or to call and motivate the voters for AAP if they cannot be physically present in Punjab.

According to Shail Gautam (@IacShail), Social Media Head, AAP Overseas, “The strength of our team is the hundreds of volunteers who are passionate about bringing a change in the political system of their motherland even though they may be hundreds of miles away from it. They selflessly spend their time and money for this political revolution and their idealism and enthusiasm overwhelmingly surpasses the paid machinery of our rivals. We owe our success to these dedicated faceless volunteers all around the world and their zeal to see a better India.”

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News Analysis : Learn from the rising star

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By Kamal Mitra Chenoy

New Delhi, 17 May : Though the results of the state elections in Kerala, Bengal and Assam have left people agog, there is another phenomenon which has not been adequately assessed and analysed. That is the rise and rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). When it won the largest share of Assembly seats in early January 2014, many saw it as a one day wonder. It’s efforts to get through a Janlokpal Bill were scuttled by a combination of the BJP, Congress and the Lt. Governor. Instead of struggling through with little autonomy, AAP’s charismatic leader Arvind Kejriwal (AK) decided to resign.

The Union government delayed the Assembly elections as long as it could, until the judiciary intervened, after the General Elections. Even then the AAP performance in Varanasi was formidable. Despite fewer finances, limited local cadre and the alleged deals by one of the parties with the jailed Don Mukhtar Ansari, apart from denial of access to the Banaras Hindu University where Amit Shah held court, AAP came a creditable second. National politics witnessed the rise of a new star then.

In the Delhi Assembly re-election, the AAP had a historic landslide. It won 67 seats out of 70, with the BJP getting a paltry 3 seats, and Congress a whitewash. It then began to fight a two-sided battle. On the one hand, it fought the Union government and its proxy the Lt. Governor. Whether it was shared control of the Delhi Police, Bills that the LG wanted to scrutinise, yet not pass, even the civil service officers who would serve in the Delhi government, every issue became a major contest.

The root cause of this was that the Delhi government was neither a Union Territory nor a state. For reasons best known to itself, the Congress which ruled Delhi for the greatest period, with stalwarts like Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, never moved to make Delhi into a Union Territory, much less a state. Yet despite this politically motivated act, AAP though under some pressure fought its way out.
Shrewdly it sidelined its concerns about statehood, though keeping up its campaign about it, and concentrated on development, particularly for the poor and the middle class. Unusually for a political party, it stuck to its manifesto. Water is a critical issue in Delhi. AK insisted that the poor and middle classes get sufficient water, and allotted 20 kilolitres to the poor and lower middle classes, free!

Similarly, he substantially subsidised electricity, another critical requirement which the poorer sections often could not afford. In recent months, drains have been cleaned to guard against flooding during the monsoon. Water pipelines have been put in place where none existed before. Critically, the repair and up gradation of government schools became an urgent task. Educationists and well regarded social workers were made members of the School Management Committees ( SMCs). Many schools did not have serviceable toilets or no separate toilets for girls. That was quickly addressed. New schools were constructed with gymnasium facilities and swimming pools. Most importantly, private school fees were controlled.

Apart from the great support from the Delhi public, AAP in the municipal bye-elections has won 5 out of the MCD seats, Congress 4, and BJP 3. The MCD was long a BJP stronghold, but the AAP impact is clear. Reading, seeing and speaking about AAP’s innovations e.g. 10 litres of drinking water for Rs. 2 available in an increasing number of areas, has led to increasing support and interest in Punjab.

The idea of Mohalla clinics is a masterstroke as well as a boon for all types of people in a city that has a variety of diseases including dengue. Punjab has a serious drug problem. More clinics would be a boon for the harassed people. For decades, people in Punjab and elsewhere have looked for better civic amenities. AAP has provided this in a relatively short time in Delhi. This experiment in better civic life and amenities was scoffed at initially. Other political parties and movements would do well to learn from this experience, as Punjab seems to be doing, and take from it what they may need in their own towns and cities.
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M. Preneet Kaur slams Akali-BJP govt. for Punjab’s decline

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From Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 5 April: Punjab is in crisis and its future can only come with “good governance”, said Congress leader taking a dig at the Badal led Akali-BJP government facing a massive anti-incumbency wave in the Punjab.

“The state needs to be debt and drug-free, she said addressing a big group of supporters here at the Thornbury Theatre. M. Preneet Kaur, MLA from Patiala is the wife of Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh, MP who is leading the Congress Party in Punjab.

Commenting on what is being seen as a watershed election in a year, M. Preneet Kaur in an indirect reference to the rising stakes of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) said, “we need a tried and tested good governance party to rule Punjab “.

She said, “ In the last two terms the Badal-led Akali-BJP coalition had brought down Punjab from the first state to the 19th spot” and “ criticized the Modi-led central government for dismantling the Planning Commission.

“All good steps the Capt. Amarinder Singh-led Congress government (2002 to 2007) took have been dismantled with industry having abandoned the state, agriculture and education in a mess”, she said.

The Congress leader refused to comment on the political scenario and the Congress party’s plans after the Punjab elections, saying it is too early to predict the outcome of the 2017 elections.

Earlier, Alok Kumar and Aakash Kumar of Thornbury Theatre welcomed the Congress leader among others. M. Preneet Kaur then mixed with the local Punjabi community facing many questions. The crowd seemed to enjoy a slice of Punjab politics far away from home.

- SAT News Service.