AAP workers demonstrate in Ranchi on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Feb. 5: Do not underestimate the power of a common man, especially if he is an Aam Aadmi with a capital A. His anger can shatter eggshells.
The central convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Somnath Tripathy, who flew in from Delhi today, discovered as much. Tripathy, who reached a city hotel to read out the names of 12 AAP workers selected from Jharkhand to lead the Lok Sabha poll campaign in the state, was greeted with fury in the form of flying eggs and tomatoes.
The reason soon became evident. The contents of the party’s Abhiyan Samiti list — the 12 names — were already leaked. And a majority of the AAP workers did not like what they saw.
The overriding sentiment was that most names that figured on the power list did not have the stature to lead a Lok Sabha poll campaign or were too recent recruits to count.
“The list was drawn up arbitrarily by leaders sitting in Delhi with no idea of ground realities here. At least six persons don’t deserve to be on the list,” a protester alleged.
The 50-odd protesters, who came to the hotel today, had come prepared to fire at Tripathy their effective and nutritious ammo.
Tripathy, no match for the Jharkhandi anger, ducked and fled from the scene. He remained incommunicado.
The ensuring melee forced officials of the hotel on Circular Road to down shutters.
Ajay Choudhary, AAP district convener, told The Telegraph that karyakartas (workers) had been angry.
“Cadres vented anger at the hotel against favouritism and malpractice within the party fold,” Choudhary said.
Across the state, AAP has 2.43 lakh workers. Of them, most are from Ranchi. Some 42,000 have registered their membership at the party’s Radium Road office, while over 50,000 enrolled online.