interview with AAP's MLA Harish Khanna from Delhi's Timarpur constituency
Harish Khanna from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) defeated immediate BJP rival, former
mayor Rajni Abbi for the Timarpur seat. He is also the secretary of Delhi
University Teachers Association. The margin between the two stood more than
3000 votes in favour of Khanna.
Aam Aadmi Party, an Indian political party, which formally came into existence
on 26 November 2012 has raised the hopes of 'aam aadmi' for a better India. The
party came into existence following differences between activists Arvind
Kejriwal and Anna Hazare on whether or not to politicise the popular movement
of India against corruption, demanding Jan Lokpal bill since 2011.
The party made its debut in the 2013 Delhi Legislative assembly election with
broom as its election symbol, and emerged as the second largest party in Delhi.
Professor Dr. Harish Khanna, winning candidate from AAP Timarpur constituency
spoke to merinews.com. Excerpts from the interview:
Q. How would you define your victory in simple words ?
Harish Khanna (HK): I am feeling really good. It is a victory for common man. I
am thankful to the people of Delhi who supported us in our plans. You know
people are not satisfied and are also angry with political parties such as BJP
and Congress. They are fed up of their dirty politics. So, they want a fair
party, and a party who really listens to their daily problems.
Q. So, why Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and not any other political party ? Any
specific reasons.HK: I was somewhat connected to the Anna Andolan against
corruption. I really liked the idea, although I did not actively participate in
the movement but whenever I got time I went and supported the movement. So, it
was during the time I came to know Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and Mr. Anna Hazare
more, and when they asked me to join the AAP party, I said yes because as I
told you that I was impressed by their ideology and the issues they raised.
Q. Do you
have any role model in politics or any ideology you like to follow?
HK: I really don't have that kind of role models in politics as I am not that
much into the politics, but I really like the Mahatma Gandhi Ji 's ideology and
some socialist ideologies as well.
Q. Why Gandhi ji and not any other political leader?
HK: I like Gandhi ji's ideology because he talked about people and fought for
their right without looking at any personal gain. He fought for the country and
also raised voice of the people. I like his idea of decentralization of power
in centre and the state as well and that's the base of our political party,
which we try to stick to the people, their issues and problems. So that's why I
like him very much.
Q. How did you arrange funds for contesting the election ? Do you take any
donations from party or NGOs?
HK: All funds came from the party fund. We managed the election campaign with
whatever funds were provided to us. But, I also used some money from my pocket.
Q. Now its
clear that the party is going to sit as the opposition. So, what are your
HK : We are going to fight for the issues that we have been fighting ever since
and we will stick to it and play the role of positive opposition and try to
focus on the problem of the common man. We are going to oppose the four year
graduation programme, which started in Delhi University from last year and will
put forward in the assembly. This is going to be one of our special focus. It
is an issue, which no other party has raised till date.