On govt, AAP MLA has an answer from public:'Why the question?'
His constituents want AAP to form the government. They also want him to keep the Cong, BJP away. Bhardwaj finds that if this dilemma has a resolution, the party won't find it among the public
Carrying a bundle of pamphlets and donning the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) cap, Saurabh Bhardwaj jumps out of his steel blue WagonR. A crowd of AAP supporters surrounds him, giving details of jan sabha (public meeting) arrangements made so far. As the group makes its way into the bylanes of Savitri Nagar in South Delhi, several residents rush to shake hands with the newly elected Greater Kailash MLA.
On December 4, Bhardwaj, 32, defeated BJP heavyweight Vijay Kumar Malhotra's son Ajay Malhotra by around 13,000 votes in what has long been considered the BJP bastion.
But if Bhardwaj is back pressing flesh, there is a reason. In the new politics of Delhi, AAP finds itself in what has become the unenviable position of trying to form the government. But in the new politics of Delhi, it has left the decision to the people — asking them to tell it what to do, through SMSes and jan sabhas.
At 6.30 on a foggy Friday morning, Bhardwaj, along with a few local AAP supporters, holds handmade placards saying 'Thank you' at the Jahanpanah City Forest gate in Alaknanda, even as he hands out pamphlets asking 'Should the Aam Aadmi Party form the government in Delhi?'.
"Please make the government. Even if you fill six of the 18 promises, people will give you thrice the number of votes in the next election," one man says. His wife, however, quickly adds, "Don't take help from the Congress or the BJP. Your fight had been against these two parties."
That may precisely be the dilemma staring AAP in the face, but Bhardwaj — visiting various localities either to thank people or to mobilise them for the jan sabhas — doesn't show it.