Kejriwal new candidate for PM
AAP is contesting the elections continually in other States too, so that the party may get the tag of all-India party.
After getting a thumping majority in Punjab, AAP has declared that Kejriwal will be a Prime Ministerial candidate for the next Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2024. It can prove a blessing in disguise for Punjab.We are aware that PM Modi during the Parliament election in 2014 had won the election only on the basis of his achievements in Gujarat and the same may happen in case of Kejriwal. Due to this reason, Kejriwal will show the performance of Punjab State and Delhi. AAP is contesting the elections continually in other States too, so that the party may get the tag of all-India party. For becoming one, a registered party has to fulfill one of three conditions: either it should win 2% seats in the Lok Sabha (as of 2014, 11 seats) from at least three different States; or it should poll 6% of votes in four States in a general or Assembly elections, and in addition, it should win four Lok Sabha seats from any State or States; or it should be recognised as a State party in four or more States.
In the case of AAP, fulfilling the second criteria now appears to be on the cards. As of now, there are seven recognised National Parties. They are All India Trinamool Congress, BSP, BJP, Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. The benefits of being recognised as a national party come in terms of being allowed a reserved symbol by the Election Commission, as also benefits pertaining to the number of proposers required for filing nominations and in getting free airtime on national media.
According to the Election Commission of India, "The candidates set up by a political party registered with the Election Commission of India will get preference in the matter of allotment of free symbols vis-à-vis purely independent candidates. If a party is recognised as a 'National Party' it is entitled for exclusive allotment of its reserved symbol to the candidates set up by it throughout India. Recognised 'State' and 'National' parties need only one proposer for filing the nomination and are also entitled for two sets of electoral rolls free of cost and broadcast/telecast facilities over Akashvani/Doordarshan during general elections."
There are many burning issues of the State where the party has to show its performance with courage and it can prove morale-boosting for the cadres. Rajya Sabha elections in Punjab have been declared and party's wisdom shall be on test regarding the selection of candidates, as we know in the Rajya Sabha election from Delhi there was a hue and cry. It remains to be seen whether members are imported from Delhi. Punjab demands immediate solutions to their need-based problems such as unemployment, drugs and trend of going to foreign countries for education etc. People of the State have rejected the traditional parties and they have very high hopes from AAP party.
Yash Pal Ralhan,
Jalandhar – 144003.