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AAP does not have road map to keep its promises: Rakesh Agarwal

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 11, 2013
First Published: 01:31 IST(11/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:33 IST(11/11/2013)

Aam Aadmi Party member Rakesh Agarwal has said the party did not have a road map to keep the promises it was making every day and expressed concern over its "sinking fortunes". 

“There is no discussion around issues, plans and policies, about how we will take Delhi forward. Every action is centred on winning votes,” Agarwal said in an open letter to AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal and other party leaders. 

“We have been using simple-sounding solutions to capture the hearts of the people, without considering the what, how and when of the fulfillment of promises made,” the letter read.

“I am hoping that you will take this letter seriously, and ask the right questions. My criticism is not personal but constructive,” it said. 

Agarwal has been instrumental in mobilising support of auto-rickshaw drivers for the party.

Kejriwal and party spokesperson Manish Sisodia did not respond to HT’s phone calls and text messages.

The letter also claimed that a large number of volunteers were getting disillusioned. “The volunteers sensed the fragrance of change in the air and trusted that if they joined in and lent their shoulders, they could help move the mountain. They reposed their faith in you, Arvind — your idea of Swaraj, your promise to root out corruption. They were inspired by your sacrifice of an IRS job, and your perceived ability to deliver good governance and provide a viable political alternative. Alas, their dreams lie shattered,” the letter read. 

“Attracted initially by your sheer energy, the volunteers who looked for an intelligent vision, a roadmap for development and the mechanism for ensuring probity in public life are now turning their backs. Arvind, they are disillusioned,” Agarwal has said. 

He also talked about the issues of autorickshaw drivers in his letter. “You never spent a minute on discussing their problems or solutions. You just wanted a list of things that we can show the auto drivers that will make them happy,” Agarwal wrote in his letter.

“Hopes have been raised so high that they are bound to shatter. I shiver at the thought of being part of such a government — or a citizen under such a government,” he added.

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