Manifestos are political rituals in our country. Who takes them seriously? Those who write manifestos know that these are things just to be written on paper. Those who read it know that they are not meant to be taken seriously. So ruling parties say we got everything done, pick up the last manifesto, add 5% and that becomes their manifesto. Opposition says everything was wrong and pick up the very same points that the ruling party promises and offers something slightly different, something somewhat irresponsible, thats what the entire exercise of Manifesto gets reduced to. Aam Aadmi Party takes its manifesto far more seriously. We want to change this ritual of politics. For that we have done four things:
1. Manifesto has not only been written by party leadership. This manifesto has drawn upon inputs from the people all over Delhi. In 70 constituencies of Delhi we had meetings for purposes of manifestos. In some constituencies more than 20 meetings in one constituency itself [were held], meetings were held, people gave their views on what should their manifestos be like. From that resulted constituency specific manifestos and one general manifestos for Delhi city.
2. This entire exercise was done with serious research inputs which is so seriously lacking in our politics. We identified about 12-15 key isseus of Delhi and had serious research presentations on what exactly was the nature of problem, its causes, what were the range of possible solutions and which of the solutions should we back. Something of that is visible[in the manifesto], its not a research document but it is a document that has been supported by serious research and analysis.
3. This document does not cover merely the standard trodden ground of Delhi politics, standard issues and standard solutions. It does not seek to provide better governance within the existing frame, this document seeks to alter the frame itself. Frame of governance of Delhi needs to be altered is our premise and that is why it is quite a radical document in that sense of the term.
4. Manifestos are usually silent about how they would be implemented because nobody wants to actually implement them. Aam Aadmi Party manifesto specifically provides for the mechanism through which this implementation will take place. Once Aam Aadmi Party's government will be formed, there will be a special manifesto implementation cell. The cell will get in touch with all the government departments, try to ensure that manifesto promises are fulfilled. It will also take public grievances on the issues related to the manifesto, respond to them on a regular basis on a website update, what have we done for different points, where do we stand, where do we need to go and finally once in a year, the chief ministers and the MLAs & their respective constituencies will render a report card on how each of the promises or issues mentioned in manifesto were taken up, whether they have been implemented, if not why and if likely when. This is what would make this exercise somewhat different. Thats why in Hindi we do not call it 'Ghoshnapatra', its not declarations. We call it Sakalp-patra, this is our resolve. Aam Aadmi Party wants to usher in different kind of politics and its manifesto is one example of that difference.
Read the full manifesto at: http://www.aamaadmiparty.org/Manifesto-for-Delhi