Captain Vikram Batra's Mother On Quitting AAP

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    Opinion: Captain Vikram Batra's Mother On Quitting AAP

    (Kamal Kant Batra, 69, contested the national election this year from Himachal Pradesh as a candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party. In 1999, her son, Captain Vikram Batra, was killed in the Kargil War. He was 24. "Yeh dil maange more," he had declared famously, appropriating the Pepsi tagline at the time to convey the courage of the Indian soldier.)

    As told to NDTV.com

    I decided to resign from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on December 30, after joining it 10 months earlier. I was deeply unsatisfied with the functioning and the organisational structure of AAP. It failed to appeal to me. The party has been a let-down at the state level here in Himachal, and even the national functioning of the party has not impressed me. I would not like to go into detail and criticise the party, but things are not 'proper'.

    I'd been thinking about resigning for a while. In fact, my husband, on my behalf, attended the state and national level meetings of the party just a few days ago but we'd been completely inactive in party matters for the last two months.

    When I joined the party, the Aam Aadmi Party had requested us to fight the elections, saying that we were reputed and well-known people, and they offered us a Lok Sabha ticket from Hamirpur. We'd thought the party would make a difference. I am happy that despite being new to the field of politics, we still stood third out of 10 candidates in the elections. But after the results, the organisational structure and the functioning of the party has gone downhill and left me disappointed.

    After I said I would quit, so far I have not received any calls from senior members of the party - Arvind Kejriwal and others. But we have received some calls from our region and they have appealed to us to reconsider as they say that this would be a setback for the party in the state. I have not sent a written resignation to anyone yet, but will soon send my resignation to Arvind Kejriwalji by email or by post.

    The first thing that always appealed to me about the Aam Aadmi Party was their stand against corruption. Second, they brought fresh faces to Indian politics: people from all backgrounds, rich and poor, across all levels. And the third thing that I like about this party is that they have highlighted the defects of the previous governments and parties.

    As I mentioned before, the things I didn't like about AAP are their working, poor functioning and organisational chaos. Also, there is a lot of 'big bossism'. No one from the party, neither Mr Kejriwal nor any member of the national leadership has contacted us after the elections.

    Right now there are no plans of joining any other party. Whether I want to continue in politics, only time will tell. But at present, I'm not in a mood to join any political party.

    My advice to Mr Kejriwal would be that he should run his party in a completely democratic way. Every man in an organization is important. Everyone should be given due weightage and due regard.

    And for Mr Modi, I feel that he is trying his best. He seems to be on the right track. My advice - he should walk the talk on all his promises, only then can our country progress.

    Nationalism and patriotism are the two points that should always be kept in mind. He should definitely do more for the martyrs and their families, soldiers who put their life at stake for protecting our country.
     
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    While Vikram Batra is a hero, I am afraid regretfully I feel that his mother was being a mere opportunist and wanted to cash in on her son's glory to enter Parliament.

    So, the Party that gave her stars in her eyes and desire to reach the stars riding piggy back on her son's glory and the perception that AAP is the new boy in the block and popular, has now opened up her eyes that it is Party where there is total 'Bossism'?

    And Modi is the new messiah?

    If so, why did she not join BJP?

    AAP should select candidates more carefully and ensure opportunists are kept away.

    Unfortunately for AAP, the way their cadre keeps quitting with the same old refrain, indicates that it is a political party of mere opportunists.

    I wonder what @Singh would have to say.
     
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    I think opportunists exist in all political parties, not just AAP. Difference with others is that there the good dividends (monetary or political) keep the opportunists around in the long run.
    With AAP the honeymoon period seemed to have got over before even beginning; hence the rush to exit door.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    That is right.

    However, it is rare that one is given a ticket as an 'unknown' in public life and contribution to the public.

    To exploit the glory attained by a heroic dead is opportunism at its basest form.

    That the appeal of a hero was rejected by the public is what deride the glory that was being exploited.

    In fact, the rejection by the public is quite insulting to the memory of the hero and the Mother has caused more sorrow to those who cherish the boy's sacrifice for the Nation than what was needed.

    That to my mind is misplaced and crass opportunism.

    Just my opinion.

    And what is worse is abandoning the Party in such a short time what she felt was the way to stamp her son's martyrdom.
     
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    AAP's cadre, volunteer and donation base has actually increased from the LS.
    Remember AAP decided to enter into poll fray only weeks before elections, and their candidate selection was iffy at best.
    AAP has decided to concentrate only on Delhi for the foreseeable future, good way to weed out people who are not committed to the long haul.

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    Also rather than opening new threads on AAP, it would be prudent to merge them. Just as we have done for BJP. ;)
     
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    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    There can be a thread about the AAP defectors who spelled the beans about what kind of this "Political Party" AAP is.

    Start from Binny,Shazia etc and now this KK Batra... :eyebrows:
     
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    My Respect to the Words ..

     
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    if this true,its very sad.
     

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