Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation will increase AAP support base: Shazia Ilmi

By on February 16, 2014

Justifying Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation as Delhi chief minister, AAP leader Shazia Ilmi Saturday said the decision will only increase the party’s support base.

Ilmi, a member of the Aam Aadmi Party’s national executive, praised West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition Left Front for having the least number of millionaires in their folds, but ruled out the AAP’s alliance with any party.

“He (Kejriwal) is not an escapist, rather a brave man who kept his word. People haven’t heard any chief minister taking a stand like this. People will realise AAP’s sincerity and the purposefulness.

“Our support base will only go up because people have realised that people in AAP are serious, they are not for power,” Ilmi told media persons here.

Forty-nine days after he took charge of a minority government, Kejriwal resigned Friday following a tumultuous day in the assembly where the Congress and BJP legislators defeated the AAP’s attempts to introduce the Jan Lokpal bill aimed to curb corruption in high places.

Ilmi kicked off a “Jhadu Chalao Yatra” here, as part of the party’s nationwide anti-corruption drive which began Saturday and will continue till Feb 23 involving over 330 constituencies in 24 states.

The journalist-turned-politician said the AAP’s fight was not against individuals, rather against the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which have joined industrialists to form a “club” running the country.

Praising the Trinamool and the Left Front, she said: “The good thing about Bengal is, be it the Trinamool or the Left Front, they have the least number of crorepati MPs or MLAs, which itself says a lot. Corruption here is less.

“We are not opposing Mamata Banerjee or even the Left which had supported bringing political parties under the RTI (Right to Information). The fight is a larger one, it is not about individuals whether Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi or Mamata Banerjee. It is about the common man,” she said.

Asked if the AAP was looking for allies, she said: “We will not go for any alliance with any political party.”

“Our fight is against the combined might of the Congress and the BJP which in association with some industrialists, has formed a club and is running the country. Our fight is against corruption, our fight is for Jan Lokpal,” she said.


  1. umer bashir gania

    February 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    well its gud that Atleast we have still personals around who bother for the well being of society n not for themselves I muss say keep up the gud job

  2. hemen parekh

    April 6, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Who is Aam Aadmi ?

    As of now , Planning Commission has not come out with any official definition of Aam Aadmi

    And given the controversy surrounding its earlier definition of a Poor Aadmi ( Below the poverty line ? ) , don’t expect the Commission to come out with one , anytime soon

    But some of our media ( Newspapers / TV Channels ) have just concluded that , 5 out of 6 candidates fielded in Mumbai by Aam Aadmi Party , are no Aam Aadmi !

    Why ?

    These 5 have declared assets of more than Rs ONE crore each !

    Media seems to be asking :

    ” How can a Crore-pati , be called an Aam Aadmi ? ”

    Going by that definition , how many of the 8,000 + candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections are Aam Aadmi ?

    Latest info on the web site of Association For Democratic Reforms ( ADR ) , gives following figures :

    Of the 1,594 candidate-affidavits analyzed , 456 ( 29 % ) were found to be Crore-patis

    If this ratio holds ( I expect it to go up ! ) , then expect some 2,500 candidates out of some 8,000 likely to be contesting , to be Crore-patis !

    And believe me , this ratio will further go up when ADR counts the number of Crore-patis amongst the 543 elected MPs !

    Expect it to be around 50 % , ie 270+ Crore-pati MPs

    None of them , Aam Aadmi !

    Now , fast – forward to 2019 !

    By then , the remaining 273 Aam Aadmi MPs would have ceased to be so !

    Possibly , leaving out a lady candidate of AAP to be the only Aam Aadmi in Lok Sabha , by the time 2019 arrives !

    Amen !

    * hemen parekh ( 06 April 2014 / Mumbai )


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