| IIT-Guwahati student Murari Jha (second from left) joins the Aam Aadmi Party in the presence of party founder member in Bihar Ratnesh Choudhary in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Encouraged by the Aam Aadmi Party’s success in the Delhi Assembly elections, as many as 25 Patna residents, including an IIT-Guwahati student from the city, joined it on Sunday.
First-year IIT-Guwahati student Murari Jha said: “I am very impressed with Arvind Kejriwal. He was an IIT student and later cleared the civil services exam. I, too, want to become like him. When I return to Guwahati, I will campaign for the Aam Aadmi Party on the institute campus. The other parties never bother about the common man. But this party thinks about the common man and its members have dedicated their lives for the common man’s betterment. I believe the time has come to forget caste politics.”
The membership drive was organised at Sara Apartment in Punaichak in the presence of AAP founder member in Bihar, Ratnesh Choudhary. The AAP has not formed any state unit committee but has committees in the state’s 38 districts.
AN College student Manish Pandey said: “It is the only party where all leaders have a clean image and none has a criminal background, unlike other parties. The youth are impressed with Kejriwal and AAP’s performance in Delhi… it will now happen in other states too. We want a corruption-free society.”
Three AAP candidates hailing from Bihar had won in the Delhi polls. Somnath Bharti of Gaya won from Malviya Nagar, Sanjeev Jha of Samastipur from Burari and Bandana Kumari of Muzaffarpur from Shalimar Bagh constituency.
On what made him join the AAP, Mohammad Asadullah Khan, who runs a transport business, said: “AAP handles situations constructively. It not only raises local issues but also solves them. The real meaning of democracy is visible in AAP.”
Among those who joined AAP today were some DAV Public School students from Khagaul. They had come carrying the party’s symbol, the broom.
Businessman and Kankerbagh resident Manoj Prasad Sinha said: “AAP is a party that thinks about everybody, from the poor to the middle class. Corruption has weakened the country’s democratic set-up. It needs to be strengthened. I am joining this party because I want to support the work initiated by AAP.”
The new members paid the Rs 10 membership fee. “We are not asking people to join the party, they are joining on their own will. I don’t know how many from Bihar have joined the party through the Net, but manually there have been 10,000 members so far. The party will encourage new members to raise issues in their locality and solve them according to rules. The change will not come in a day. It will take time. This is just the beginning,” said Ratnesh.