After replicating the Delhi model in Punjab, AAP is eyeing the 2024 Haryana elections. ‘FREE POWER, JOBS’

Chandigarh: Ahead of the 2024 assembly elections in Haryana, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is promising to implement its “Delhi model of governance” if voted to power in the state, where it has been contesting since 2014 but has so far No major victory has been achieved.

“We had promised Delhi model of governance to the people of Punjab and our government [there] All those promises are being implemented under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. Now we will repeat it in Haryana as well. [if voted to power in the state]Rajya Sabha MP and AAP’s Haryana unit chief Sushil Kumar Gupta told ThePrint over phone on Monday.

Elections to the Haryana Assembly are due next year in 2024 and after forming a government in neighboring Delhi, AAP is eyeing Haryana, which is currently ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) alliance. and Punjab.

Gupta said that AAP has already established a broad organizational structure in Haryana and is now planning to appoint office-bearers up to village level in rural areas and ward level in urban areas to create an active office-bearer. Can go Strength of 2.5 lakh workers.

Gupta outlined the party’s seven plans for Haryana on the lines of its work done in Delhi, where party chief Arvind Kejriwal is the CM.

“AAP is providing seven services and facilities free of cost to the residents of Delhi. It is now being implemented by the Mann government in Punjab and when the party comes to power in Haryana, the state will also start getting the benefits of these schemes,” said Gupta.

He described these services as “free education for all students in government schools and 25 percent of students in private schools, mohallas”. [neighbourhood] clinics and free treatment for 10 per cent patients in private hospitals, 300 units of free electricity per month, 20,000 liters of free drinking water, free bus travel for women, pilgrimage travel with all expenses for those above 60 years of age and Jobs for all unemployed youth”

“We are promising all the seven facilities to the people in Haryana when we come to power,” reiterated Gupta.

When asked how the party plans to provide jobs to all the youth when the unemployment rate is so high pegged On 37.4 per cent in Haryana, Gupta said if AAP comes to power, it will fill all the vacant posts in the government and also promote private industries so that more employment opportunities can be created.

Referring to the “Bijli Andolan” launched by Kejriwal and Mann in Haryana’s Panchkula on Sunday, the AAP leader said that apart from providing free electricity to the residents of the state, the party will also tell them how they are being deprived of electricity due to corruption. Heavy fees are being charged for the same. And facing regular power cuts.

Asked about the BJP’s allegation that AAP was “distributing freebies” to people for votes, Gupta said “giving back the money collected from people through taxes is in no way an act of freebies”. does not fall into the category”.

“After giving all these services free of cost in Delhi, Rs 8,100 crore is left in the exchequer of the Kejriwal-led government as there is no corruption. On the other hand, without giving any of these facilities, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP government in Haryana presented a budget estimate (2023-2024) with a fiscal deficit of Rs 34,000 crore, Gupta further alleged. The actual loss is more than Rs 50,000 crore.”

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AAP’s strategy for ‘fertile land Haryana’

According to Gupta, office bearers have been appointed for the party at the district and block level.

“We will complete the process of forming circle committees, one each for the next five villages, and village committees in rural areas. Apart from this, ward committees will be formed in urban areas, due to which the number of office bearers in Haryana will be 2.5 lakh by the end of August.

Speaking to ThePrint over the phone on Monday, Ashok Tanwar, president of AAP’s campaign committee in Haryana, said the party is working with its grassroots workers to highlight the shortcomings of the BJP-JJP government and the benefits of AAP’s Delhi governance model at present. Is motivating. being repeated in Punjab.

“Haryana is fertile ground for AAP this time [in next year’s assembly elections] Because people are fed up with the BJP-JJP alliance because of corruption and anti-farmer and anti-people policies.

“The public has already rejected the Congress twice in the state. They see a ray of hope in AAP and Kejriwal because of our commitment to end corruption and ensure quality education, healthcare and other facilities free of cost to the poorest of the poor, said Tanwar, who was earlier Congress president. Haryana.

The electoral record of the Aam Aadmi Party in Haryana has been poor so far.

In the 2014 general elections, AAP Contested election And lost all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. In 2019, the party fielded three candidates for the general election and 46 candidates for the 90-member state assembly, but could not win any seat.

However, in November 2022, the AAP won 14 of the 102 Zilla Parishad seats in the elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions, coming close to the BJP’s win of 22 seats.

“The ground situation has changed a lot, especially after the Punjab elections (in 2022), which AAP won with a huge mandate. CM Mann has done very well and the people of Haryana are looking up to you for a change in the way they have been governed so far. They are fed up with rampant corruption and want positive change.

(Editing by Nida Fatima Siddiqui)

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