After the Election Commission of India granted AAP the status of national party on Monday, Arvind Kejriwal spoke to the party’s employees on Tuesday. Following AAP’s designation as a national party by the Indian Election Commission on Monday, Aam Aadmi Party national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spoke to the party’s members on Tuesday. Speaking at the occasion, Kejriwal recalled how his imprisoned ministers Satyendar Jain and Manish Sisodia claimed that “anti-national forces” were involved in their detention.
He poked fun at the Bharatiya Janata Party by claiming that Amit Shah had also promised free electricity in Bengal in reference to his election pledges of free water and power. “Die-hard honesty, patriotism and humanity are three pillars of AAP’s ideology, ” he remarked. Speaking on action against AAP leaders, Kejriwal said to “be ready to be in jail for 8-10 months.” “They (BJP) won’t keep for long because we did not do anything wrong,” he said, adding “leave the party if you are scared.”
Santosh Koli, an AAP employee who died in a car accident in 2013, Meera Sanyal, a banker who joined the party but later passed away in 2019, and Bipin, an employee who suffered a heart attack during the Punjab elections, were also honoured by Arvind Kejriwal. After only 10 years of existence, the Kejriwal-led AAP became a recognised national party. The Anna Hazare-led India Against Corruption movement provided the foundation for the party, which was established in 2012. The Karnataka High Court ordered Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar last week to issue a ruling before April 13 regarding the Aam Aadmi Party’s standing as a national party, which led to the decision by the election watchdog. (AAP).
As a result, when the 224-member Karnataka Assembly goes to the polls on May 10, the upcoming elections in Karnataka will mark AAP’s first election as a “national party.” In response to the success of the party, Kejriwal referred to it as nothing less than a “miracle” that AAP was able to obtain national party status so quickly. “National party in such a short time? This is nothing less than a miracle. Many congratulations to all. Crores of people from the country have brought us here. People expect a lot from us. Today people have given us a huge responsibility,” he tweeted.
A national party must hold two percent of the seats in the Lok Sabha in at least three states. 11 seats are indicated. The party also needs to be recognised as a state party in four states. A party needs six percent of the vote and two seats in an assembly vote to be recognised by the state, or three seats if less than six percent of the vote is cast. Punjab and Delhi both have AAP-led governments. The party has six percent of the vote and two seats in Goa. Following its nearly 13 percent victory in the Gujarat election, AAP qualified for “national party” status last year. On its first go in the Gujarat Assembly elections, the AAP took five seats.