AAP begins poll preparations

first_imgGurugram: Undeterred by its performance in the General elections the Aam Admi Party has begun preparations for the upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana.On Saturday, the AAP state president and state convenor Sushil Gupta held a meeting in Faridabad and devised a strategy for the party n the upcoming polls. Speaking to the reporters, Naveen Jaihind said that the party will be strengthened at both levels and for this purpose, the workers will also be trained so that they can make sure that a sizeable number of voters in their booth are encouraged to vote for AAP. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe state president also did not shy away from mentioning the poor law and order situation in the state and corruption of the Khatatr government. After Delhi and Punjab, AAP believes Haryana to be the most fertile land for its kind of politics to grow and has been making a lot of attempts to revive the party organisation. Earlier this year, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had made several visits to Haryana to ensure that AAP puts up a good performance in the Lok Sabha election. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHaryana was the breaking point for the AAP-Congress alliance in the general election. AAP had demanded that Congress extend the alliance to Haryana, apart from Delhi. AAP is going to contest the upcoming assembly election in Haryana, which is currently ruled by BJP, with all its strength even though the party had a dismal performance the neighbouring state in Lok Sabha polls. AAP had contested on three of the 10 parliamentary seats in alliance with Jannayak Janta Party. AAP is not likely to have any alliance with JJP for assembly polls. Haryana state president Naveen Jaihind, who got only around 11,076 as party candidate from Faridabad parliamentary constituency, will lead the party in the polls.last_img read more

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GECOM debacle Opposition pulls out of Border Commission

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Constitutional compliance’ needed on GECOM Chair appointment before moving forward- Opposition LeaderNovember 2, 2017In “latest news”Any new formula for the composition of GECOM will have to be impartial- JagdeoSeptember 13, 2018In “latest news”GECOM Chair: President’s interpretations now invalid in face of court ruling-JagdeoSeptember 27, 2017In “latest news” The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has pulled out of the Guyana Border Commission in retaliation to Head of State, David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice (rtd) James Patterson, as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo made the announcement shortly after meeting with the President ahead of the appointment.The move comes as part of the Party’s decision to embark on a process of non-cooperation on the part of the Opposition – part controlled regions included.According to the Opposition Leader, a decision was taken this past week to take part in a special caucus of the Border Committee given a recent development.Guyana and Venezuela have in recent years been locked in a stand-off over the Spanish speaking country’s claim over the Essequibo.Jagdeo told reporters his Party will no longer be taking part in the talks – a direct response to the President’s unilateral appointment.That body is scheduled to meet in the coming week to address issues related to the border controversy involving Venezuela.As it relates to participation at the local government level, Jagdeo disclosed that this too will be withdrawn until there is a resolution to the crises.The PPP/C won the popular vote during Local Government Elections (LGE) held in 2016, capturing 25,000 more votes than the APNU/AFC under the proportional representation (PR) component of the polls.According to the Opposition Leader, the clandestine manner with which the President has flouted the Constitution to swear in Justice Patterson under the cover of darkness, “represents the modus operandi of this Government to do things in secrecy, in the dark and to impose decisions that are undemocratic on the people of this country.”Jagdeo was adamant the party will begin mobilising its supporters across the country, saying “right now, this Government will not have our cooperation on any issue, any issue in this country until they start complying with our Constitution.”President David Granger presents the Instrument of Appointment as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to Justice Patterson at State HouseThe Opposition Leader when asked to elaborate on the threat to galvanise the party supporters into non-cooperation with the Government, said “it takes several forms.”He disclosed to media operatives that, “we will be meeting with the leadership across the country; there are several NDS and municipalities and regions that we control and we will have to have them go into a mode of non-cooperation.”Jagdeo, on Friday held wide-ranging consultations with the Parliamentary Opposition Members, Regional Democratic Councillors, members of the PPP Central and Executive Committees, and the three Opposition-appointed Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioners.The gathering resolved to incrementally roll out, inter alia, a series of measures over time:* Challenge, by Court action in the courts and at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), as necessary, the steps undertaken by President Granger to subvert and thwart the spirit, letter, and intent of the Constitution* Sensitize the Guyanese people to the on-going threat to democracy and the Guyana Constitution, and resist the stealthy move to an authoritarian state* Undertake meetings countrywide to sensitize the Guyanese people, and use other means, including social media and media, to the reasons for non-cooperation and on the progress of the campaign*  Brief and consult civic society bodies which had participated in consultations which produced the 18 individuals whose names were submitted by the Leader of the Opposition to the President for the post of Chairman of the GECOM between December 2016 and August 2017*  Consistently and regularly engage with national and regional stakeholders to hold Government accountable, and ensure that democracy is not derailed*  Alert and advise the Guyanese diaspora on the threat to democracy and the continued deprivations wreaked on the Guyanese people by the PNC-led APNU/AFC*  Continue the fight in some aspects of the National Assembly and at the GECOM to protect the integrity of the electoral machinery, and ensure that conditions for free, fair and transparent elections are restored and met, both constitutionally and in the composition and practices of the institutions and persons tasked with this vital roleUndertake meetings, in and out of Guyana, with the representatives of foreign countries and international institutions, to expose the extent and import of constitutional violations by the Granger APNU/AFC regime* Launch picketing exercises, petitions, appeals, vigils, marches and other peaceful forms of protest to highlight the issues relating to the undemocratic, unilateral, and illegal appointment of the Chairman of the GECOM* Adopt a policy of critical non-participation in APNU/AFC governmental activities throughout the length and breadth of Guyana.The Opposition Leader was in fact adamant the fight should be one to engage all of the citizenry since “this country will become pariah again, pariah if we go down this route like it was in the past.”He told media operatives that President Granger is to be held responsible for the consequences of any non-cooperation and plunging the country into a “constitutional crisis.”“The President must be responsible for this, it’s not us,” he said and questioned “should I compromise on the fight for freedom in this country, not freedom for PPP people, freedom for all the people of Guyana because that is what is at stake here.”Jagdeo said, among other things, that “we are not going to cut corners on the fight for democracy or freedom in this country.” read more

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