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AAP on strategy for Lok Sabha elections

Jan 05, 2014
13:22 (IST)
Yogendra Yadav:

  • We will start a membership drive called 'Main Bhi Aam Aadmi' from January 10 throughout the country
  • Our membership drive, 'Main Bhi Aam Aadmi', will be held from January 10-26. There's no fee involved.
  • We have deviced a mechanism and made guidelines to select our Lok Sabha candidate.
Jan 03, 2014
00:07 (IST)

Jan 03, 2014
00:06 (IST)

Jan 03, 2014
00:04 (IST)
Top 10 quotes from Arvind Kejriwal's address to Delhi Assembly before trust vote
Before the trust vote, in a short speech to close the debate on it, Mr Kejriwal said the aam aadmi or common man wants honest politics.
Jan 03, 2014
00:04 (IST)
Guess who's in the next car? Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's blue WagonR drew much attention as he drove down from his home in suburban Ghaziabad, to Delhi's legislative assembly on Thursday morning.
Jan 03, 2014
00:03 (IST)
For 2014 battle, AAP seeks Rs 2,014 donations
Determined to spread its wings, the AAP has stepped up fund collection and is urging supporters to donate Rs. 2,014 -- marking the year when the Lok Sabha election will be held.
Jan 03, 2014
00:03 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal's speech displays the vocabulary that brought AAP to power
In his speech in the Delhi Assembly today, Arvind Kejriwal, the 45-year-old chief minister of Delhi, deftly displayed the political vocabulary that powered his outsized victory in the recent elections.
Jan 02, 2014
19:07 (IST)
People of Delhi have won today, says Arvind Kejriwal after trust vote:

  • This is a win for truth and honesty and of the people of Delhi. Now there is a big challenge ahead of us
  • After our announcement of porta cabins for rain basera we have received many calls from people volunteering to pay for them  
  • We will not spare anyone accused of graft. I assure you with all the resources at my command
  • Most important thing on the agenda now is the Jan Lokpal Bill for Delhi
  • We will have a special session for Lokpal Bill
  • Speaker's election is not a challenge for us. Anyone can become speaker. It makes no difference to us

Jan 02, 2014
18:43 (IST)
Delhi with Arvind Kejriwal. Aam Aadmi Party wins trust vote
Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi, today proved in the state legislature that his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has the numbers to continue to govern Delhi.
Jan 02, 2014
18:14 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal addresses Delhi Assembly:

  • Committed to uncovering and punishing corruption
  • Middle class is aam aadmi, street food vendor is aam admi, anyone who wants to banish corruption is aam aadmi
  • Anyone who wants to promote corruption whether he is rich or poor is khaas aadmi
  • We had never imagined we would start a party
  • We must reflect on why we were driven to do this, to fight elections
  • We are not here today to save this government
  • We have to accept this country's politics is entrenched in graft
  • Water, electricity, roads are poor because of these politics
  • Two years ago, the aam Indian said let's clean up the system. Politicians responded by taunting them - let's see if you can contest elections, run for elections without huge funds
  • This was a big mistake for traditional parties
  • On December 4, there was a miracle. The aam aadmi won
  • I did not believe in God but I now do. I believe that truth can never lose
  • The question before this house is which of its members is standing with the common man in this fight against corruption
  • This VIP culture should end. The second issue is of the Jan Lokpal Bill. The existing Lokayukta law in Delhi is very weak. We want a strong anti-graft law
  • The officers should be enabled to deliver within a stipulated time and if they don't then there should be a penalty under this new law
  • In Delhi, people can't get ration cards made...
  • The government doesn't do what the people want... we want the people to decide where public funds should be used in their area
  • This is called Swaraaj - the people's rule - and this is what we want to do in Delhi
  • Delhi should get the status of a full state - all parties have been demanding that
  • We want power companies should be audited - and also want to give people water at discounted rates 
  • We have to find a solution to how we can improve the lives of those living in slum-clusters and unauthorised colonies
  • We also want to stop the exploitation of those working on contract
  • We need to improve the lot of traders in Delhi - we are opposed to FDI in retail and so is the BJP and I see no divergence there
  • We need to improve the living standards of Delhi's villages and its farmers - they get no subsidy...
  • Donations in private schools should be stopped and the standards of government schools must be improved
  • We want to provide the best treatment in government hospitals
  • For women's safety, we want to form mahila suraksha dals

Jan 02, 2014
17:54 (IST)
BJP's Saheb Singh Chauhan says:

  • Every convention has been broken by AAP
  • I feared that they would take even this House to the Ramlila Maidan
  • The chief minister says he is looking for a two-roomed house. I suggest he go stay in a rain-basera... him and all his ministers

Jan 02, 2014
17:27 (IST)
BJP's Naresh Gaur says:

  • Sloganeering is a different thing and walking into the House with facts is a different thing... the government is not there to spend public money but also get revenue for the exchequer
  • People in Delhi don't want 700 litres of water, they want clean water
  • This government believes in drama (natak wali sarkar nahin chalegi)
  • In winters, there is no shortage of electricity or water

Jan 02, 2014
16:54 (IST)
Why Harsh Vardhan and Arvinder Singh Lovely should thank Arvind Kejriwal
The BJP's Harsh Vardhan, a genial, much-respected medical doctor from east Delhi has been a BJP legislator for the last 20 years. The Congress' Arvinder Singh Lovely for 15.
Jan 02, 2014
15:12 (IST)
Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely speaks

We are paying for our mistakes. But consider for a moment. Even after this so called wave, you are still on that side of the House. Upar waale ke daard ke khilaf koi nahin lad sakata.

Over confidence is not good - you will remain chief ministers in -waiting.

We are ready for action against corruption and we have considered all aspects before extending support.

If there has been corruption anywhere, whether in the MCD or Delhi government - there should be action taken against it. I state this on record on behalf of the my party.

We have supported them because we did not want elections again in Delhi.

We had the least to lose if there were re-polls; we acted as a responsible political party.

All political parties are in politics because they want to be in power. But that alone is not the driving force - we have to respect the wishes of the people.

I urge you not to act in haste - cites examples of the water rates. Water has become more expensive for most people - your scheme will benefit about 5 lakh people - most of whom live in areas like GK, Defence Colony & Vasant Kunj.

Jab tak aap Delhi ki janta ke hit me faisla karte hain, aapki sarkar ko koi khatra nai hain.

Aap keh rahein they solar energy laga denge, bijli ke bill kam karenge... Opposition mein baith kar aadmi kuch bhi laga dein. Mukhiji, aap ko 15 saal ka experience hain... hum toh naye naye Opposition mein aaye hain.

How can you announce subsidy? This assembly has that power. This assembly hasn't even cleared power subsidy yet. We have on record that the power department has no money for subsidy. The House is yet to pass the budget.

Your officers are misguiding you, the subsidy on power will cost 315 crores and not 200 crores as you have said. If you continue this after March, it will cost more than Rs 1,350 crore.
Jan 02, 2014
14:20 (IST)
Harsh Vardhan of the BJP speaks:

  • For the last 15 years, Sheila Dikshit was the Chief Minister - today Arvind Kejriwal is the CM.
  • When his party emerged, people of this country saw new hope
  • Though the party emerged due to Anna Hazare's movement, Anna Hazare decided to stay out of politics.
  • We were invited by the Lt Governor to form the government.
  • The party that was ruling this house for 15 years  shrunk to 8 - the party with the most number of seats is in the Opposition and the party that finished second is now in government. 
  • Arvind Kejriwal had sworn that he would neither support nor take support of the Congress party.
  • In 15 years of Congress rule , there have been many scams. Our party kept highlighting these.
  • I heard Mr Kejriwal saying if Dr Harsh vardhan had any evidence he should share it with us. I want to ask the chief minister, why  he claimed that he would act against the corrupt people in Congress if he had no evidence?
  • I don't know what compelled him to seek support from the Congress - a party that was shown the door by the people in these elections.
  • Manish Sisodia said that this house in representative of the people of Delhi. They why are they negating the mandate of the people and taking the Congress party's support.
  • Why have they gone the route of these surveys, sms-es which they did themselves?
  • In Delhi, no MLA can use red beacons. The Supreme Court order is a year old. But the manner in which you presented facts here made it seemed like the onus of cleaning up politics lay only with you.
  • You didn't want security - but at least 4000 policemen were deployed for your security at Ram Lila Maidan.
  • You wanted to travel in the metro -  they ran a special train for you, thousands of security personnel were deployed. There is nothing special about using the metro.
  • I have been using the metro to commute from Krishna Nagar to Dwarka where my children stay - I have never invited the media to highlight this.
  • We are also for clean politics - but do we need to demonstrate in this manner. We have thought hard about supporting this government in this trust vote.
  • We did not want to indulge in any horse-trading. We did not have the numbers and chose to sit in the Opposition.
  • There are many questions about Arvind Kejriwal - which the people of this country want to know.
  • According to Ford Foundation, your organisation has received funding of over 3,000 dollars.
  • Will the Delhi government give an assurance that such foreign funding for political and non-political endeavours will be investigated?
  • A household of 5 people, on an average, uses more than 660 litres of water. Why have you raised the prices of water supply? (Speaker interrupts Harsh Vardhan, says, "From the one-and-a-half hours allotted to your party you have spoken now for over 40 minutes. Maybe your other colleagues would also like to speak?" The House erupts in laughter.)
  • We want to know when will you roll back the price hikes in CNG, water bills. Why is the Delhi government wanting to spend their money to subsidize power?
  • We can do anything but we will stick to our nationalism. Arvind Kejriwal should apologise in this House for his Kashmir remark or when he said MC Sharma was killed in a 'fake 'encounter.
  • What moral majority do you talk about? I have been an MLA for 20 years. I am here to serve the people. What sacrifice are you talking about? 
  • You don't have any right to talk about cleaning the system. You have compromised with corruption.
  • You will take support from the Congress and then say - we asked the people. The people had spoken when they voted the Congress out.
Jan 02, 2014
14:09 (IST)
AAP leader Manish Sisodia moves vote of confidence in Delhi Assembly:

  • We have gathered for a very historic occasion and the hopes of the country are pinned on us.
  • The people of Delhi have given us a moral mandate
  • Our intention is not just to form the government but take some issues of the people forward
  • We want to end VIP culture, bring a strong anti-corruption Lokpal law.
  • We want to regularise contractual workers working for the government.
  • We want to improve schools, hospitals so that the common man has easy access.
  • We stand here in the hope that we can oppose FDI in retail and help the traders in Delhi. 
  • We have formed the government but we are faced with a dilemma - we got 28 seats and we were short of a majority. However, we had the moral responsibility to form the government.
  • We went to the people and asked what they thought - and they told us to form the government. 
  • The issues I have highlighted are not issues specific to any party - they are the issues of the people.

Jan 02, 2014
14:08 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia greet a colleague ahead of the trust vote

Jan 02, 2014
14:04 (IST)
AAP trust vote session starts

Jan 02, 2014
13:14 (IST)
Party leaders who will speak in the Assembly:


  • Vinod Kumar Binny
  • Madan Lal
  • Rakhi Birla
  • Saurabh Bhardwaj
  • Arvind Kejriwal


  • Haroon Yusuf
  • Arvinder Singh Lovely
Jan 02, 2014
13:08 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister:

  • Janta ka vishwas hai is sarkar par (The people trust this government)
  • 5 dino mein logon ko aur bhi yakin hone laga hai ki yeh aam janta ki sarkar hai (Within five days, the people have started realising that this government is of the people)
  • Hum satta ke liye yahan nahi aayen hain.. hume koi dar nahi hai (We haven't come for power and that's why we are not afraid)
  • Agar hume satta me rahna hota tabhi dar hota (We would have been afraid only if we had sought power)
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