Because the Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) leads in 75 seats of the entire 117 seats in Punjab, stunning the incumbent Congress, the Panthic Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP-Punjab Lok Congress mix, Punjab co-in cost and Delhi MLA Raghav Chadha speaks completely to on the get together’s arduous journey in Punjab and whether or not the AAP has arrived nationally.
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“Immediately’s outcomes have proven that Punjab has given a thumbs as much as the Kejriwal mannequin of governance. Folks of Punjab have proved that the standard events, politicians training their conventional soiled politics must be eliminated,” stated Chadha, dissing the earlier Congress and SAD governments who’ve been ruling the state since 1966.
Chadha stated the folks of Punjab have been fed up of the Congress and needed “change”. Stressing AAP’s nationwide ambition thereon, Chadha stated, “There is no such thing as a doubt that in the present day’s outcomes have made the AAP the quickest rising political get together ever within the historical past of Indian politics. Immediately, we’re a nationwide get together, a drive to reckon with nationally. No different get together has achieved the standing… It isn’t for the AAP to determine whether or not to struggle Gujarat, Himachal, it’s the folks of these states to determine whether or not they need AAP of their state or not.”
Q: Did you anticipate this kind of a victory?
A: Punjab, for a really very long time, has been craving for change. Since 1966, Punjab has had 26 years of Congress and 24 years of Akali rule. And the plight of the folks of Punjab in these years has gone from unhealthy to worse. Solely the monetary, social, political state of the leaders, who’ve run the state or dominated the state somewhat, have elevated, favorably elevated multifold. Subsequently, Punjab was a craving for change. Immediately’s outcomes have proven that Punjab has given a thumbs as much as the Kejriwal mannequin of governance. Folks of Punjab have proved that the standard events, politicians training their conventional soiled politics must be faraway from their ‘mahal and singhason’. They must be changed with upright brokers of change and that’s what the Aam Aadmi Celebration signifies. This election additionally reveals that an election could be fought and gained purely on a constructive agenda. Our opponents tried to make use of muscle and cash energy, soiled propaganda, communalise the elections however they weren’t in a position to succeed. It’s the folks of Punjab who voted overwhelmingly for change and Aam Aadmi Celebration ran a constructive marketing campaign.
Q: What was the turning level through the marketing campaign because the Congress was on the rise at one level?
A: Look, folks of Punjab had made up their thoughts from the very first day. After all, in day-to-day politics, issues change, occasions occur and so on however that does imply that it influences the selection of a voter. They voted change. They didn’t take note of the shenanigans of Charanjit Singh Channi. They have been utterly disenchanted by the Akali Dal and the 150 guarantees made by Sukhbir Singh Badal didn’t echo with the feelings of the folks. The tried and examined Delhi mannequin as has been demonstrated by Arvind Kejriwal saab has been truly accepted, appreciated and acknowledged. They (folks of Punjab) wish to see that, really feel that, expertise that of their state now. And there’s no doubt that in the present day’s outcomes have made the AAP the quickest rising political get together ever within the historical past of Indian politics. Immediately, we’re a nationwide get together, a drive to reckon with nationally. No different get together has achieved the standing, the notion or the formidability that AAP has achieved so quickly.
Q: While you have been made the Punjab co-in cost, have been you apprehensive given the historical past of the get together within the state? How did you execute your position?
A: I’ve to jot down a e book on this. It could possibly’t be answered in a single sentence. Nicely! I used to be appointed the co-in cost of Punjab in December 2020. I hail from the state of Punjab however I used to be appointed the co-in cost to get into the state politics. For shut to at least one and half years, I’ve been toiling. I’ve given my blood, sweat and tears to this below the management of my chief. I’m utterly overwhelmed that my chief, Arvind Kejriwal, has proven such super religion in me to offer such an enormous duty to a political toddler and an especially younger particular person and an inexperienced particular person. I might, maybe, haven’t trusted a younger man of 32 or 31 years with a state as crucial as this. I might not have executed it. He has proven immense religion in me and I pray to God that He provides me immense energy and power that I do justice to all of the roles and tasks which were assigned to me and fare effectively on his expectations.
Q: What have been the particular tasks that have been assigned to you in Punjab?
A: Because the co-in cost, you just about take care of all the pieces. Arvind Kejriwal is a really hands-on particular person. He personally sorted the marketing campaign from end-to-end. There are totally different aspects to a marketing campaign: from out of doors publicity to backroom organisation constructing to organizing ‘jan sabhas’ to outreach programmes to erecting hoardings and banners and doing occasions and Townhall and choice of candidates. It’s a large course of. And all of us collectively have managed to do it and it’s a workforce work. It isn’t that I’m the one one, I could also be most seen to you since I’m on the digital camera, it’s a military of troopers that Kejriwal has created and below his management we’ve got fought and gained this election.
Q: What have been probably the most tough challenges that you just confronted in Punjab?
A: Initially, there was a notion that Majha and Doaba (areas) have been weak and the AAP has no presence there, even in Malwa, which is the largest area of Punjab. And we’ve got proved that notion mistaken. Immediately, we’ve got executed extraordinarily effectively in all three areas. Since that was the notion, all of us, and I, significantly, concentrated so much on Majha and Deoba areas and strengthened the organisation, discovered the appropriate candidates, did the appropriate messaging, door-to-door campaigning, laborious labour on the sector. We did all of that. Immediately’s outcomes present that honesty, uprightness and sheer laborious work can be rewarded by the folks. I bow down in the present day first earlier than the folks of Punjab and second earlier than the employees and volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Celebration.
Q: How crucial was naming Bhagwant Mann because the chief ministerial candidate to the success of your marketing campaign?
A: I can say that subsequent to naming our chief ministerial candidate, the marketing campaign, the recognition, the acceptability, the acknowledgement and, maybe, even the vote share of the Aam Aadmi Celebration elevated. To announce the identify of a chief mistrial candidate is as essential as deciding the identify of the chief ministerial candidate. The timing in an election marketing campaign is of utmost significance. We now have realised that and learnt that through the years combating elections. And we executed it effectively. That a lot I can actually say.
Q: All people in Punjab says Raghav Chadha may have a job publish the victory. What position do you see for your self in Punjab?
Q: I used to be given a job to get the get together to contest the Punjab 2022 meeting elections. That was the one job that was assigned to me. I’ve executed that job. And if in any respect my get together, Arvind Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann really feel that my companies are required in Punjab exterior of Delhi, then no matter duty is given to me, I shall actually attempt to execute that to the most effective of my talents.
Q: You by no means stated whom did you understand to be an even bigger menace through the course of the marketing campaign in Punjab. Whether or not it was the Congress, Akalis, Captain Amarinder Singh or BJP mixed?
A: All. I might be utterly mistaken in classifying any one among them as my principal challenger. All have been my principal challenger. Actually, their collective conglomerate was my principal challenger. As a result of all of them fought elections hand in glove, and in opposition to the Aam Aadmi Celebration. All of them had a tactical understanding, they fought as a unit. So, it was Kejriwal vs all, Bhagwant Mann vs all in Punjab.
Q: What subsequent for the AAP?
A: We’ll let you realize. I might once more emphasise that the Aam Aadmi Celebration is the quickest rising political get together within the historical past of unbiased India. We’re a nationwide get together now. We’re a nationwide drive to reckon with. To my thoughts, the AAP is the pure and nationwide substitute of the Congress. And we’ll, in fact, be going again to the drafting board and see folks of which state want the Aam Aadmi Celebration. It isn’t for the AAP to determine whether or not to struggle Gujarat, Himachal, it’s the folks of these states to determine whether or not they need AAP of their state or not.
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