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How is AAP different from other political parties in promising perks?
Like all the other political parties, the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) promised to provide free water and subsidized electricity rates to the people of Delhi. Such promises attracted Delhiites, who helped Arvind Kejriwal land with Delhi chief minister's seat, with a hope that he may bring about a refreshing change in the wearied politics of today.

Amidst all this, we have a question – How is AAP different from other political parties, which also offers perks to people to grab their votes? The party's strategy is similar other parties, but the only difference being that AAP is providing people with basic amenities, which has been ignored by the political parties in the past.

Prahlad Kakkar, Marketing and branding specialist feels that AAP is a game changer and will teach everybody a lesson. He further stated, unlike other parties they are demanding a meager amount from people, and are saying that they will in turn subsidise the cost of water and electricity.

Avdesh Kumar, a political analyst who says that, it can be a political gimmick of AAP, but also supports them saying, “giving water and electricity is different from providing Television, mobile phones, laptops etc. It is the basic responsibility of every government to provide basic amenities such as water, health, education etc. to people in their constituency.”

If we look at other states, the problems which the common man faces are primarily taken up by AAP such as problems of water, electricity, women’s safety, infrastructure. The people of Delhi spots a ray of hope in AAP, as they have lost faith in a political system dominated by money and muscle power. People want a way out and they are experimenting this alternative path.

Bonita Aleaz, a political Science Professor from Calcutta University says, “AAP has definitely scored in a better manner compared to say Jayalalithaa, who when in power promised all kinds of luxury items. However she has not been able to provide water to every household in her state. Tamil Nadu is a state, which suffers from chronic scarcity of water, women still have to travel a long distance. AAP has scored better in feeling the pulse of the people and prioritizing what is essential.”

She further added, “one needs the extra perks given by other political parties only when you have education, and when you can exercise options relating your lifestyle. AAP's pro-people approach and their effort of maintaining this level throughout would be better for the future.”

Though AAP is also providing sops to the people in the form of free water and subsidized electricity, but it is something very different from what other parties, feels Dr. Sanjeeb Mukherjee, a political science professor. “These are absolutely essential for human beings to live, and what he has done is right, as you can't be charged for breathing, in the same way you cannot be charged for water. These are essential for living, and cannot be charged. The other free things that some political parties are offering such as cycle, laptop, mobile phone etc. are not essential for humans and that is more like a bribe.”

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