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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its maverick leader Arvind Kejriwal have been the most exciting participants in the 2014 General Election thus far. Kejriwal’s brilliance has added spice to what might otherwise have been a walkover for the BJP. The manifesto of the AAP is therefore of interest.
The manifesto seems to have inputs from the suave Yogendra Yadav and the steely Prashant Bhushan who are more predictable than Kejriwal. But the end result is a trifle odd. The vision of the AAP is best expressed in the first half of the document, where it explains how it would implement Swaraj.
The rest is a mix of what the Left parties have already said, rudimentary thoughts on sundry subjects without attention to detail, and a couple of surprising climb-downs.
Here then are the 30 most interesting declarations in the AAP manifesto.
1. All union government public officials – MPs, union ministers and the Prime Minister – would be brought under the purview of a Lokpal with investigative and prosecution powers.
This is what the AAP is all about. No Jan Lokpal, no AAP.
2. Public officials found guilty of corruption – in time-bound trials – would be sacked and imprisoned. Their assets would be confiscated.
The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar was the first to impound assets of corrupt officials and convert them into public utilities. The AAP seeks to extend this to the whole of India.
3. All public officials of union government would have to declare assets annually. Undeclared assets would be seized.
Image: A banner bearing a portrait of the leader of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal is laid out on a table at the site of an election campaign rally in New Delhi, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP)