The Aam Admi Party is seriously making political inroads in Uttarakhand especially in the plain areas like Haridwar, Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital etc and is trying to concentrate more on minority votes in order to grab the Congress’s traditional vote bank, more than eying on the Bhartiya Janata Party votes, banking on the majority community vote bank and Modi charisma.
After the recent survey of the IANS C voter State of the Nation survey 2021, declaring the BJP’s Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat as the worst chief minister in India in terms of badly losing popularity and peoples’ trust since assuming office, after Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Punjab CM Captain Amrinder Singh and two others, the political moral of Congress party and AAP which has during the last few months gained some momentum in Uttarakhand have enhanced high with BJP’s rank and file in a demoralised position, especially in view of the anti incumbency factor soaring up as well.
After the declaration of the Delhi chief minister and national convenor of AAP Arvind Kejrival regarding the party likely to contest on all the seventy assembly seats in Uttarakhand in 2022, and the recent political tour of its deputy CM Manish Sisodia in Kumaon and Garhwal regions including at the state capital Dehradun challenging the BJP govt on Kejrival vs Trivendra Rawat development model with its minister of Urban Affairs Madan Kaushik backing out , the political morale of the AAM Admi Party’s leaders and workers are quite high with its local leaders n activists working hard in various constituencies of Uttarakhand especially in cities and towns posing challenge to both BJP and Congress. However, the two national parties having ruled the state alternatively during the last two decades after coming into separate existence the BJP and Congress are least worried about the AAM ADMI PARTY terming it an ineffective political entity of no relevance in the ensuing elections slated for 2022.
According to the AAM Admi Party’s Uttarakhand president Vishal Chowdhary and its spokesman Ashutosh Negi, the AAM Admi Party will have seventy manifestoes in all the seventy constituencies of Uttarakhand which will include the local grievances and problems of the constituencies and its people. The election menifestoes will be released during the assembly election by the candidates of every constituency. The basic aim and purpose of these constituency wise menifestoes will be to address the local grievances of the electorates at the decentralised level being answerable to them always. A single menifesto will be released by the state president and the national officer bearers of the party which will comprise of the major problems of all the districts of the state. The work on these menifestoes have started as the decentralised level grievances and genuine problems are being worked out to include them in all the 70 constituencies menifestoes separately.
The AAM Admi Party believes in decentralised development and the elections will be fought on local genuine problems of the electorates to resolve them giving relief to the people of the lowest ebb said the party’s spokesman journalist Ashutosh Negi. It may be recalled that internally several leaders of AAP have been instructed to work hard in their respective constituencies and the party has nominated organising secretaries in all the seventy constituencies in order to strengthen the party organisation at the grass root level confining them to their constituencies at the decentralised level.
Actually, after acknowledging accolades in Delhi for their outstanding achievements in the water, electricity, health and educational sectors, the highly enthused AAP wanted to replicate the Kejrival Model of Development in Uttarakhand thinking of intruding into the Congress party’s vote bank and thereby defeating the ruling BJP repeating the Delhi experiment. However, the geographical and political situations differ in Uttarakhand putting a question mark till the election results come out in 2022. But one thing is absolutely true that majority of the electorates have been fed up with both the national parties in Uttarakhand having ruled alternatively in the state not coming true to the peoples’ expectations, rather betraying them after promising at the hustings. Even, learned people and intellectuals express their genuine disenchantment in this regard.
The former member of Uttarakhand Public Service Commission K. R. Arya is of the view, that in fact People of Uttarakhand are sick now and eagerly looking for a dynamic n strong leadership to pitch in. A leadership with long vision and commitment, only can take the state forward out of the clutches of receding economy n put it in growth trajectory and turn around mode.
State is in very bad shape for want of thriving economic activities with jobless growth. There is a deadlock between govt. n people residing in difficult terrain, causing migration.
Both traditional parties alternatively ruled the state since its formation , could not address these issues.
They found lacking in vision n dedication for economic development. It shows lack of concern n commitment on their part for local natives. They now have lost the trust of people. The problem, among others, is developmental issues which are not highlighted and discussed at right forum involving specialized bodies like FICCI ASOCHEM CII etc. that draws n influences govt. decisions through media. This is one area where journalism can play a big role n support n guide the govt.
Of the day. Hope this area will catch up in your tenure.