Monday, December 2, 2013
Now that canvassing has finished, it is time that we did a bit of introspection on the discussions we had with the citizens at the other end of the phone. I started the calls from the 13 th October and in the initial stages did about 10 to 15 calls. The first objection I received was on the 15th when one person informed that he wanted to vote for AAP but would not because of Deshraj Raghav. On the 21st October, I got the first information of duplicate calls being made. This complaint surfaced every few days. In future we should make some arrangement to reduce this problem as it is annoying to the people and may affect our votes. On the 24th, I received the first shout down from a Modi supporter. On the 30th, one of the called person stated although he would like to vote for AAP but Sanjay Singh of Congress was his friend and he would vote for Congress. This type statement occurred a number of times in the course of the campaign wherein the voter preferred the AAP but for personal reasons of friendship he would vote either for the Congress or the BJP. We can do nothing in this. Disconnection was also a common problem. In such cases it is difficult to gauge whether the person has done so because she (mostly) is busy or she is annoyed with AAP’s pesky calls. Although it may mean a NO but it could also mean UNDECIDED. On the 26th I received a request from a lady which almost wrenched my heart. She said, see we are voting for you but don’t let us down. We have been repeatedly let down by the present parties and if you too fail us, we will never believe anyone who promises to fight corruption. This argument was repeated by a number of persons in the course of my daily calls. I think our leaders should heed these entreaties and not divert from the path we have set for ourselves. On the 28th one enthusiastic lady teacher informed how they had discussed the elections in their school which was going to be used as a polling booth. They had all agreed to vote for AAP. On the 29th November one person was definitely annoyed on Arvind’s statement of the Batala encounter and another was annoyed at his meeting the Moulvi, in spite of Arvind issuing a clarification. On the 30th one person surprised me when he said he would use the NOTA button as he was dissatisfied with both the Congress and BJP and would not give AAP a chance, Another person told me that he had at least 300 votes under him and the BJP was throwing money to the people and asked me to meet him. I told him I was in Kolkata. He then asked me to ask someone from AAP to meet him, probably to negotiate. I ignored him, telling him we do not offer money. Today, the 2nd. One chirpy lady was very enthusiastic in her support to us, She said her whole family would vote for us. We should give AAP a chance. This refrain was echoed by many many voters. They also asked if they could help us in any other way. Today there was a young lady who took a lot of convincing regarding the sting operation, source of funds etc. etc. But I was finally able to win her over. It took me about 10 minutes. Since I noted down all the numbers I called in Excel, I have, as they say, all the raw data. To complete the work, on the 8th, after the results declare us winners, as I expect they will, I propose to thank all those who promised to vote for us. I suggest, we should all do that.
Canvassing for the Delhi Constituency has come to an end at 5.00 PM today,2nd December. Today the total calls made through Citizen's Call Campaign exceeded any single day calls during this whole period. I too made my small contribution whose results are given below. Calls made -150, Call matured - 105, Yes votes - 72. No votes - 1 (Cong supporter),1 annoyed for multiple calls from AAP, Disconnected - 1, Outside Delhi - 6, No Voter card - 1, Will Not divulge - 5, Busy can't reply - 10, Called earlier-1 Analysis: If we deduct the Outside Delhi and No Voter Card (6 +1 ), from matured call, we get 98 . Therefore the percentage of Yes votes comes to 73.46 % votes. This is assuming that Disconnected (1), Will not divulge (5) and Busy can't reply (10), called earlier 1, all vote against AAP. There was only 1 NO vote which works out to 1.0 %. The percentage for AAP is more or less equal to yesterday's 73.33% As I said yesterday, it should translate to 51 - 52 seats in the elections on the 4th December.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party Sunday quoted another survey saying they are likely to get 38-50 seats in the Dec 4 Delhi assembly polls. "It looks like we are heading for a wave of AAP in the coming elections to be held Dec 4," AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said. The survey gives Congress eight to 14 seats, BJP 11 to 17 seats, and the seat count for AAP is 38 to 50. It says AAP is likely to get 36 percent of the vote share, BJP 27 percent and Congress 26 percent. The survey was done for AAP by CICERO associates, interviewing 1,643 people in 17 assembly areas. The result of my Citizen Call Campaign for Delhi for 01.12.2013, are as follows: Calls made -110, Call matured - 85, Yes votes - 55. No votes - 6 (2 BJP supporters, 2 Cong supporter, 2 annoyed for multiple calls from AAP), Disconnected - 4, Outside Delhi - 8, No Voter card 2, Will Not divulge - 8, Busy can't reply - 1,Called earlier-1 Analysis: If we deduct the Outside Delhi and No Voter Card (8 +2 ), from matured call, we get 75 . Therefore the percentage of Yes votes comes to 73.33 % votes. This is assuming that Disconnected (4), Will not divulge (8) and Busy can't reply (1), called earlier 1 all vote against AAP. There were only 6 NO votes which works out to 8.0 %. The percentage for AAP is slightly less than my earlier figures of 30.11.2013. However, this 73.33 % votes should still get AAP 51 seats out of 70 which is near the figure Yogendra Yadav has suggested in the press conference today. My own results match that of the survey
With just 3 days left for the Delhi elections, the established political parties like the Congress and BJP are worried. Are they going to see their seats being wiped out in the face of the onslaught by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP). It seems so although the media houses who owe allegiance to either the Congress and the BJP would want us to believe otherwise. This time AAP is in direct contact with the electorate so that the opinion polls do not fool the people. I have had the pleasure of associating myself with AAP's Citizen's Call campaign from the 13th of October and have kept a record of all the calls made. Since polls are on our heads, I am giving the results of the last 4 days, below, with my analysis. It gives a complete lie to what the opinion polls would want us to believe. Citizen Call Campaign for Delhi for 30.11.2013 The result of my Citizen Call Campaign for Delhi for 30.11.2013, are as follows: Calls made -194, Call matured - 129, Yes votes - 85. No votes - 6 (3 BJP supporters, 1 Cong supporter, 1 various grievances, 1 annoyed for multiple calls from AAP), Disconnected - 10, Outside Delhi - 18, No Voter card 2, Will Not divulge - 2, Busy can't reply - 5,NOTA-1 Analysis: If we deduct the Outside Delhi and No Voter Card (18 +2 ), from matured call, we get 109 . Therefore the percentage of Yes votes comes to 77.98 % votes. This is assuming that Disconnected (10), Will not divulge (2) and Busy can't reply (5), NOTA 1 all vote against AAP. There were only 6 NO votes which works out to 5.55 %.The results are on the lines of my earlier report of 27.11.2013 since this was a more representative survey. I would challenge all the media houses which carry out their pools to challenge these figures. As I said on the 27th, we are well on the way of three-fourth majority. Citizen Call Campaign for Delhi for 29.11.2013 The result of my Citizen Call Campaign for Delhi for today, 29.11.2013, are as follows: Calls made -18, Call matured - 15, Yes votes - 8. No votes - 2 (One person was terribly annoyed with AK's statement of the Batala encounter and the other person seemed to be angry for disturbing him), Disconnected - 1, Outside Delhi - 1, Will Not divulge - 1, Busy can't reply - 2 Analysis: If we deduct the Outside Delhi(1), from matured call, we get 14. Therefore the percentage of Yes votes comes to 57.14 % votes. This is assuming that Disconnected (1), Will not divulge (1) and Busy can't reply (2), all vote against AAP, which is doubtful. There were only 2 NO votes which works out to 14.28 %.The results are not as encouraging as yesterday but then the survey sample was very small as I started only at 8.15 PM after returning late from office and could make only 18 calls. Citizen Call Campaign for Delhi for 28.11.2013 Yesterday, I had made an analysis of the calls I had made to the citizens of Delhi on behalf of Aam Aadmi Party for their Citizen's Call Campaign. The result of my Citizen Call Campaign for Delhi for today, 28.11.2013, are as follows: Calls made -125, Call matured - 73, Yes votes - 48. No votes - 1 (A self professed BJP Member), Disconnected - 8, Can't vote -6 (No voter Card), Outside Delhi - 4, Will Not divulge - 3, Busy can't reply - 3 Analysis: If we deduct the Can't Vote(6) & Outside Delhi(4), from matured call, we get 63. Therefore the percentage of Yes votes comes to 76.19 % votes. This is assuming that Disconnected (8), Will not divulge (3) and Busy can't reply (3), all vote against AAP, which is doubtful. The only NO vote was given by a BJP member. As I said yesterday, we are well on the way to a three fourth majority. Cheers for AAP Citizen Call Campaign for Delhi for 27.11.2013 For those of you who may be interested in a preview of the Delhi Election results. You don't have to believe in any opinion polls and can find out for yourself if you join the "Call Delhi Campaign" and make calls to Delhi residents. I am giving below the results of call made by me today. Calls made - 50, Calls matured - 24, Yes Votes - 15, No votes - 0, Disconnected - 1, Can't vote (No voter card or outside Delhi) - 4, Will not divulge - 3, In meeting - 1. If we exclude the Can't vote (4) and meeting (1) from the matured calls, the Yes votes was 78.9%. The no votes was only 5%. The will not divulge (3) votes has not been included in either Yes or No category. So we, Aam Aadmi Party, is well on the way to a three-fourth majority, ie around 53 seats.
Kolkata/Siliguri, Nov 30 (IANS) IAS officer Godala Kiran Kumar, posted as the district magistrate of West Bengal's Malda district, was arrested Saturday on the charge of siphoning funds from the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) while serving as its CEO. Within few hours of the arrest, Siliguri Police Commissioner K. Jayaraman was removed from his post for "exceeding his power" and making the arrest without informing the Mamata Banerjee-led state government. During his tenure as the CEO of the SJDA from September 2011 to March 2013, Kiran Kumar allegedly siphoned off Rs.80 crore and is a prime accused in the scam involving Rs.200 crore. Charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Prevention of Corruption Act, he was sent to four days' police custody by a court. Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra said the case against Kiran Kumar would continue but Jayaraman had been asked to hand over charge. "We feel the arrest was warranted only if the accused would have tampered with the evidences or absconded, but nothing such was applicable in this case," he said. Mitra said Jayaraman exceeded his powers in arresting the Indian Administrative Service officer without taking permission from the state government. "Procedurally, before taking such a big step, either the permission of the state government is required or at the least it should be informed. But nothing was done in this regard and we feel he (Jayaraman) exceeded his brief and transgressed his powers," said Mitra. Mitra said the State Election Commission will be approached regarding Kiran Kumar's replacement as the Malda district magistrate. "Due legal steps against the accused DM will be taken and since some electoral process is on in the district so we will approach the State Election Commission regard his replacement," added Mitra. Jayaraman has been summoned to Kolkata for a meet with the state police chief while Deputy Inspector General of Police (Jalpaiguri) Jawed Shamim took over as the new police commissioner of Siliguri. The opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has criticised the removal of the police officer. "The removal of Jayaraman is unjust and will severely dent the moral of the police. This is not the way to fight corruption. We will hit the streets tomorrow (Sunday) in protest," said CPI-M leader Asok Bhattacharya. The above episode gives one more reason to remove the police force in the country from the control of politicians
Dear Friends, Can you devote a few hours today, to campaign for AAP? Thousands of volunteers are doing this, all across Delhi and outside. These few hours of your time, will make the difference in the final result of this historic elections. If you are in Delhi…. You can join the biggest volunteer campaigning program (BUZZ) to flood the streets of Delhi with AAP supporters, who would proudly wear their AAP topis, carry jhadus and placard, and distribute pamphlets to spread the message of AAP in small groups at selected 47 locations. Yes, it is that simple. Here is how you can join: 1. Come to the metro location closest to you from the selected metro locations (AAP Buzz metro points) published on AAP website. At this location you will be met by an AAP volunteer, provided campaign materials, attached to a small group and sent to one of the selected 47 buzz locations in that area to spread the message of AAP. 2. Visit AAP’s Connaught Place office (41, Hanuman Road, Cannaught Place) or call 85888 33565 for more details. If you are not in Delhi… - Please pick up the phone and call the residents of Delhi. Call 7827 227 227 or 1800 200 2160 and seek people's vote for AAP. Thanks, Arvind
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Kolkata, Nov 27 (IANS) West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan Wednesday disapproved of the Trinamool Congress government's move to withdraw a bill that named a township in the city after former chief minister Jyoti Basu. "Well, I'm certainly not in favour of change of name," Narayanan told mediapersons on the sidelines of a programme here. The Trinamool regime of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday withdrew in the state assembly the New Town, Kolkata Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2011 passed by the erstwhile Left Front regime that had included a proposal to name the New Town area as Jyoti Basu Nagar. Disregarding strong protests from opposition Left Front members, the government replaced the legislation by the New Town, Kolkata Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which had no provision about the township's nomenclature. The township, conceived during Basu's tenure, was named after him through a gazette notification in 2010. The New Town, Kolkata Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2011, had a clause which referred to the nomenclature. Born July 8, 1914, Basu was state chief minister for 23 years till he voluntarily stepped down in 2000 due to old age and health problems. State Minister for Urban Development Firhad Hakim said the new bill aimed at relaying the tax system of the township, from that envisaged in the old legislation. On the other hand, the Left Front termed as "politically motivated" the withdrawal of the old bill and its replacement with a new one. Our Governor usually gives sage advice but here, I beg to disagree with him. Being Head of a state, and especially a Congress appointee, he has to say all the correct things. Just imagine, if the some party came to power and started re-naming all the projects name after three Congress personalities, J. L. Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi? How would the Congress like it? So naturally our Governor would object. But Jyoti Basu was the destroyer of Bengal and I fully support the TMC in not naming anything after him.