Compromising its principle of being distinguished and keeping transparent approach, AAP has doled out tickets to people being antagonistic to the party philosophy.

In a frantic bid to rattle its political rivals and perform well in the elections, AAP has given ticket to well-known social activist Medha Patkar from the North Mumbai seat and Wamanrao Chatap from Chandrapur constituency.

Patkar gained fame with her active involvement in the well-publicized ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan’, tenaciously opposing the Sardar Sarovar Dam, while Chatap alongside Shetkari Sanghatana (Farmers' Organisation) leader Sharad Joshi vehemently supported the dam. 

Both Joshi and Chatap with the help of thousands of farmers from Maharashtra had also organized a Narmada parikarma in the past.

“Whose ideology would the AAP buy, if both Patkar and Chapat win from their constituencies?” questions Kishore Tiwari, a farmer leader from Vidharbha Jan Andolan Samiti.

These ideological differences sweep beyond the Narmada Bachao Andolan, as the seat in Vidharbha region from where Chatap is contesting elections has witnessed suicides of thousands of farmers.

The Vidharbha Jan Andolan Samiti blames the WTO free trade pact and multi-national companies like Monsanto for the pitiable condition of farmers in the region, and Chapat has always championed for their cause.

The ideological face-off within the AAP has also been seen on the Food Security issue.  AAP’s senior leader Prashant Bhushan has been providing legal aid to this matter for many years. 

On the other hand, few months back when the Maharashtra government had presented the Food Security Bill in the assembly, Chatap had fervently opposed it, even sitting on a strike.

Chapat believes the passage of Food Security Bill would not only increase inflation, but also hurt the farmers.

The AAP party may see itself trapped in an ideological conundrum after the general elections.

(JPN/Bureau)

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