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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Is the expansion of AAP justified? 07 April, 2014
Did you ever think why a political party could afford to think beyond boundaries? The answer is straight and uncomplicated. AAP does not have anything to lose. By that, I mean there are no legal stakeholders to whom the party stands accountable to. Hence they can surpass the foremost condition of expansion, which is the interest of the stakeholders.

In the same context, I was astounded to notice the amount of donations prescribed at the official website of AAP. It asks to choose from 201, 501, 1100, 2100, and similar other options. Are they asking for any ceremonial contributions, or are they linking their aid-seeking process to rituals? And above all, the title says ’Contribute to fight corruption’.

Are AK’s consistent visits to distinct states for campaigning being considered as fight against corruption by the party leaders? While the media and political parties are criticizing the controversies of this newly-emerged entity, I would restrict myself to the basics. The Delhi incident is much talked about; hence let’s take a bird’s view at some recent deeds of AAP.

The AAP manifesto is enlightened with headings which include ‘Education for all’, ‘Improving farmers’ livelihood’, ‘Animal Welfare’, ‘Robust economic growth’, and ‘Gender Justice’. We all know what financial institutions look for when individuals and businesses approach for credit- Past deliveries and capacity to return. On what grounds then AAP is seeking the support of general public? Complaints and promises are all what they hold, with no vision and strategy.

The NDTV forecasts reveal that the AAP can fetch 29 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent votes in Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana respectively, while in the states of Maharashtra, Bihar, and UP the party can acquire 3 percent votes in favor. The statutory requisite for being declared as a national party is at least 6 percent of vote shares in four states. This concludes that the probability of being recognized as a national party is bare minimum.

However, the party is not statutorily accountable to the volunteers who contributed in form of funds, or for that matter who extended support by being a part of the campaigns and roadshows. This enables AAP to go for the uncertain expansion without having in place a provision for risk management.

Now, let us also take a sneak peak as to what can be the statistics in case AAP comes out with some magical numbers, yet again. The party leaders allege that they would not extend or seek support of any other political party, the same statement which they made prior to the declaration of Delhi state election results. As per AK, the nation would witness re-elections within a year. The picture is clear- unstable government, or president’s rule.

Now, do you think this would serve any purpose? Would corruption, rising prices, and inequality of income distribution come to an end post such proposition? Definitely, ‘NO’ is the answer. The voters, therefore, despite of relying upon the promises of any political group must come up with a vibrant motive to support those who have a proven background of proficient governance. Ultimately, the real power rests with the voters, hence logical and adept verdict is much-needed.

Editorial NOTE: This article is categorized under Opinion Section. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of In case you have a opposing view, please click here to share the same in the comments section.
About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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