A song glorifying the triumph of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was playing in the background with a group of party volunteers playing the guitar and other musical instruments at the Constitution Club near Patel Chowk metro station. Other volunteers sporting brand AAP caps were busy discussing the party’s agenda for the future.
This was the scene, minus the usual political sloganeering, on Monday when all the AAP MLAs and candidates who had contested the assembly elections attended a training session on swaraj conducted by their leader and CM designate Arvind Kejriwal.
This two-day long training session was called hours after Kejriwal decided to approach the Lt Governor to convey his decision to form a government.
Party sources said this programme was crucial so that those who had been elected did not lose sight of the party’s agenda that aims at decentralising the power equation.
The entire concept of mohalla sabha was reiterated by the party high-command and how it would operate. They emphasised that all those who had been elected should not see themselves as MLAs but as ‘Sewak’.
“We were told not to get swayed and indulge in MLAgiri or netagiri, which most politicians tend to do after getting power. All the MLAs were informed about the MLA fund and that it will be used only through mohalla sabhas where the party volunteers will get in touch with the people,” said an AAP leader and MLA requesting anonymity.
Leaders such as Kejriwal, Yogender Yadav, Gopal Rai etc took several sessions.
“The training was on fulfilling the local manifestos. But the emphasis was on the 18 points raised by the party through letters written to BJP and Congress leadership,” said Yadav.
Soon after completing his session, when Kejriwal came out of the hall, the volunteers and supporters asked them to make space for the ‘aam aadmi’ so that he could reach the place where his car was parked.
“The entire team had not met for quite some time and this training session gave an opportunity to interact with others. The emphasis was on not to get caught in the trap of power. Also, the contact with the people has to be maintained. The MLAs were told that the party’s stand to fight corruption and implementing the manifesto is the priority,” said another MLA. The session will continue on Tuesday.