After receiving offers of outside support from the Congress and the BJP to form the state government in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sent letters to both parties, asking them for their stand on 18 issues. Click here to read the 18 issues.
While the Congress accepted all 18 issues, the BJP did not reply to AAP’s letter.
There are varying opinions about the motives behind AAP’s letter and behind the apparently meek acceptance by the Congress. I am more interested in asking whether the people who strongly support the AAP actually walk the talk about these issues. Let’s take a look at some of them.
1/18. The VIP culture should be stopped in Delhi. No MLA, minister or Delhi official will use a red beacon on their cars. Neither will they live in big bungalows nor take any special security.
This is probably supported by all people. However, how many of us can honestly state that we have never arranged train tickets or attended cricket matches or functions or even special ‘darshans’ at temples by using ‘VIP quotas’ or ‘Special quotas’ or by pulling strings?
3/18. People will take decision directly in ‘mohalla sabhas’, which will be held in every locality and colony.
Forget all other bodies, how many of us actually participate actively in the housing society that we belong to? In most housing societies, 5% people are active participants, 10% are passive participants, 15% are passive spectators, and 67% are neither participants nor spectators, while the remaining 3% are active fault-finders.
5/18. The party also demanded a special audit of all electricity companies in the national capital from the time these were privatized. The companies that refuse to participate, their licenses should be cancelled.
How many of us can claim that we do not willingly indulge in malpractices in our business, professional and personal lives?
6/18. Electricity meters should be checked.
If our electricity meters show unusually high readings, we complain to the electricity board. How many of us report the matter to the electricity board if we find our electricity meters showing unusually low readings?
7/18. There is 220 litres of water available for every person daily. Where is it?
We are concerned about the unreliability of water supply, but do we sincerely try to consume water sensibly and avoid waste?
10/18. It also sought their support to give regular jobs to those working on contractual basis.
Are we willing to give regular jobs with all benefits to our domestic help?
Many of us talk. How many of us walk the talk? How many of us are genuinely willing to walk the talk?