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AAP’s referendum on govt draws flak from Delhiites

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 18, 2013
First Published: 10:21 IST(18/12/2013) | Last Updated: 10:24 IST(18/12/2013)

The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) decision on Tuesday to conduct a referendum amongst Delhiites on whether it should form a government with Congress support drew heavy flak on the social media.

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Questions were raised about the method’s efficacy; AAP was criticised about how it will end up asking people’s opinion for every single thing and jokes were cracked at AAP’s decision to go public.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced it will reach out to Delhiites to decide whether AAP should form a minority government with Congress support.

The feedback in the form of individual letters, centralised SMSes, on the social networking sites such as party’s official facebook page and its website will be gathered till Sunday before deciding on government formation on Monday, it said.
 
“I think the AAP has mistaken Delhi elections for an episode of ‘India’s Got Talent’ as if political decisions will be made by SMS,” tweeted one who called himself Sir Sri Jhunjhunwala on Twitter.

Warned Omar Waraich, a journalist covering Pakistan for Time: “Will the AAP have an SMS referendum for every decision it makes? What stops rivals from mass-texting its own responses?”
 
A commentator on Facebook questioned the objectivity of the referendum and how would people know if the responses were rigged.

Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP’s winning candidate from Greater Kailash, said, “Media should cover Jan Sabhas so that it can keep a tab on the process we follow for feedback.” And then, there were some, who humoured AAP’s decision juxtaposing it with a reality punch.
 
Responding to criticism that AAP has been consulting people for small issues, Manish Sisodia, party spokesperson said, “This (asking people’s opinion on government formation) is not a small thing. This is in fact a very big thing. This is what is democracy in the real sense.”


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