AAP ideologue and party’s CM candidate in the upcoming Haryana Assembly polls Yogendra Yadav on Sunday welcomed the interest evinced by the bureaucrats and senior police officials in joining the nascent party.
However, he hastened to add that the new entrants should not view their admission as a ticket to secure privileged positions in the party.
Addressing the maiden convention of the AAP volunteers held here, which witnessed a huge turnout Yadav said, “If a Sachin Tendulkar joins as bank manager, he too will have to be trained. The new entrants will have to understand our system. This party was born out of the struggle for transparency in governance. We are not here to give tickets but follow a system,” he told a workers’ conference at Panchkula here.
Reiterating that the AAP’s focus was the common man, Yadav said anybody can become a candidate irrespective of his/her background.
Frowning upon those shouting slogans at the rally he said, “Let me tell those who have come here with the hope of getting a ticket, that tickets are available at the railway station and not here. The results of the Delhi Assembly polls created a ray of hope among the people, those who were fed up with the present political system and scenario.”
As for the AAP norms and discipline, Yadav said, “Our party’s basic norm is that not more than one member of the party will be made a leader or an office-bearer. Before talking about Lokpal, we first created and implemented Lokpal in our party headed by Admiral Ramdas (former Naval chief), who has been given a free hand to take action against any party leader found guilty of violating the norms.”
Furthermore, the AAP national executive member said, “The aam aadmi has realised that he also has rights and the ability to fight for it. He has realised that he can stand up to the big parties, their leaders, their money and muscle power to contest and win elections.”