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People's movements extend their support to Aam Aadmi Party
Leaders from various people's movements have decided to extend their active support to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). They said they are considering the attempt of AAP as a movement and appreciate the endeavour to fill in the political vacuum.

It's because the AAP is following the movement ways, giving regard to mass participation and bringing in simplicity and selfless service into politics, they said they have taken this decision.

Those who announced support to AAP include Medha Patkar, Kailash Awasya, Meera associated with Narmada Bachao Andolan; Prafulla Samantara, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, Orissa; Geeta Ramakrishnan, Unorgnaised Sector Workers Federation; Pasharul Alam, Aadivasi Jameen raksha Samiti, West Bengal; Ramakrishna Raju, United Forum of Right to Information, Andhra Pradesh; Gurwant Singh, Small Scale Industries and Traders Association, Punjab; Smipreet Singh, Sumit Wajale, Santosh Thorat, Poonam Kanojia Ghar Bachao Ghar banao Andolan, Maharashtra.

Other who have decided to support AAP include Prasad Bagwe, Ekvira Bachao Andolan, Maharashtra; Rajendra Ravi, Sanjay M G, Ramdas Bhatkal, Chandrshekhar Architect, Madhuresh Kumar, Seela M - NAPM Maharashtra and Delhi; Mahendra Yadav and Kamayani Swami – NAPM Bihar; Bhupender Singh Rawat, Jan Sangharsh Vahini, New Delhi; Gautam Bandopadhyay, Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chattisgarh; Rajkumar Sinha, Bargi Baandh Visthapit Sangharsh Samiti, MP and C R Neelakandan, Geo Jose, Hussain Master – NAPM kerala

According to them, the decision is based on their view point of AAP as an evolving political vehicle for people's movements. With Indian Constitution as the guide with fundamental rights to directive principles and 'we the people of India' as our resources, they feel AAP is committed to both.

Hence, without any dogmatic views and traditional dilemmas, they see a hope and extended their support and contribute to ideological strengthening of the Party programmes and policies. They appealed to other movements too to join and support. The victory in Delhi should be taken forward to all states, villages, hamlets, bastis and cities in the country, they added.

However, they said they are yet to discuss some aspects – ideological to strategical – with AAP leadership and ensure a mechanism to establish a relation of the party with the people's movements. They recalled that many of them are part of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), a non-party political platform, which will continue to retain its independent identity and provide input to programmes and policies and also lead struggles on people's issues as done always.

They said that they will announce forms of support and their interventions into the political arena with AAP with all formalities and processes after their dialogue in Delhi on 16-17th of January and look forward to a new era of politics – electoral and non-electoral as strengthening each other and the Indian society with democracy, unity in diversity and equity.

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