In a significant political development, some eminent Gandhian activists representing prominent organisations have extended their “conditional” support to the Aam Aadmi Party ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The activists including Narayan Desai, son of Mahatma Gandhi’s personal secretary Mahadev Desai, are among the activists who have decided to create awareness in favour of the AAP till elections.
“The Aam Aadmi Party, which is not clear and incomplete at several levels, represents the change in the mood of the nation. The party and its young leadership should be tested,” said Mr. Desai while addressing a press conference on Sunday at the Gandhi Peace Foundation, while claiming that the one-year-old party pulled a “breakthrough” when it made the traditional factors like money, caste, communalism and criminal elements ‘irrelevant’ by being successful in the Delhi Assembly elections.
“We do not participate in politics but neither are we indifferent towards elections. We want the electoral politics to be clean, transparent and honest and that is why we extend support to forces working for change. Our support to the AAP till the 2014 elections should be understood in this context,” added Mr. Desai.
However, he denied that entire Gandhian fraternity will extend its support to the party.
Asked about his views on the performance of the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi, Mr. Desai said it would be “unfair” to judge the party on the basis of its performance of one month.
“One month or for that matter a few months are too short a period to judge their performance. We would prefer to give Mr. Kejriwal some time to prove AAP’s capabilities,” he said.
Ram Chandra Rahi, another Gandhian and secretary of the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, suggested that the party needed to work “a lot” on socio-economic equality of the masses, people’s economic empowerment and mobilise people against caste and communal forces.