Aam Aadmi Party Kerala
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The Kerala state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party was constituted in 2013. AAP Kerala made its electoral debut in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections gaining about 5% of the total polled votes. C R Neelakandan is the State Convener since 3 January 2016. Adv. Somnath Bharti MLA is the National Executive member in charge of the state.
- 1 History
- 2 Structure
- 3 Wings
- 4 Legal front
- 5 Election
- 6 Training
- 7 References
AAP Kerala was formed in 2013 in Ernakulam by then National Executive Members Prashant Bhushan and Christina Samy. The committee consisted of 16 members and 3 members in the Grievance Readdressal cell, lead by Mr. Manoj Padmanabhan as State Convener.
After an year, a new committee formed as Mission Vistaar State Committee in October 2014 headed by Prof. Sarah Joseph, a well known writer and social activist in Kerala. The Mission Vistaar Committee was formed to strengthen the party base in the state and completed its tenure of one year by October 2015.
After submission of MV Committee resignation on completion of its tenure, Adv. Somnath Bharti MLA, the state observer of Mission Vistaar announced that the resignation of MV Committee is accepted and nominated Mr. C R Neelakandan as the new State Convener on 3 January 2016. C R Neelakandan is one of the most welcomed face among social activists in Kerala State, who is a front fighter of most of environmental and social issues in the state.
The constitutional structure of Aam Aadmi Party consists of a State Executive which is elected from a State Council representing all the committees from down the line.
|C R Neelakandan||State Convener|
|Shybu Madathil||Media, Youth Wing|
|Shoukath Ali||Training, Student's Wing|
|Venkiteshwaran Subrahmanian||Political Affairs|
|Ashok George Zakariah||News paper, Trade Union|
|Rajesh Kumar||Local Self Government|
Aam Aadmi Party Kerala has 14 District Committees.
Third Level of Party Committees are known as Mandalam Committees, which are for each Legislative Assembly Constituencies. Kerala has a total of 140 Legislative Assembly Constituencies and so far Aam Aadmi Party has 138 Mandalam Committees in the State.
Corporation, Municipality, Panchayat Committees
A ward committee is most basic unit (primary unit) of Aam Aadmi Party. In whichever ward there are more that 10 permanent members, the volunteers could form a ward committee.
The formal launch of the Aam Aadmi Party Youth Wing (AYW) took place on 27 September 2014, the 107th birth anniversary of revolutionary martyr Bhagat Singh, in National Level. AYW in Kerala State operational in November 2015. Present State Coordinator of AYW is Mr. Shybu Madathil
Aam Aadmi Party's Student Wing known as Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, in short CYSS. In Kerala, the first unit of CYSS was formed in MES Kalladi College, Mannarkkad, Palakkad District in 2015. The launch ceremony was addressed by the then AAP State Convener Prof. Sarah Joseph. CYSS don't have a state level structure yet.
Anti Corruption Wing
The Anti Corruption Wing provides a helpline telephone number for each district in Kerala to report complaints of corruption in the government machinery. The Aam Aadmi Party would take appropriate action on the complaints, whether it be filing a regular complaint, filing a petition before the Vigilance and Anti Corruptions Bureau.
The Anti Corruption Wing (ACW) official launch is announced by Somnath Bharti (Delhi MLA & State in Charge) through a google hangout on 3 January 2016. ACW lead by Mr. Jeejo Nedumkallel and it is in a process to expand in all districts.
Social Media Team
AAP Kerala has a strong Social Media Team primarily concentrating on the Facebook page. There is a state page as well as dedicated page for each district.
Janasabha was considered to be the official news paper of Aam Aadmi Party Kerala until June 2106. The process of legalising was yet to take place. However, the clarity on it was brought out only on 5th June, when State Team met few members of Thrissur District committee, wherein it was communicated by the Janasabha Team that it operates as a separate entity under the banner "Janasabha Trust" and is not the face of Aam Aadmi Party in Kerala.
The party is yet to decide on the official new paper.
AAP Kerala filed a PIL in the High Court of Kerala in 2015 demanding the installation of surveillance cameras in all police stations in the state to check police torture. The case has been adjourned since.
Bar bribe case
It was AAP Kerala that first approached the High Court of Kerala, only a couple of days after Biju Ramesh's revealation, with a Writ Petition asking for an FIR against K.M.Mani in light of the Lalithakumari Vs State of UP judgement. The case was dismissed by the CJ bench citing that it was the vigilance to decide about the FIR. Two days later, V.S.Sunil Kumar MLA approached the same bench with almost the same plea and the case was admitted.
Later when the matter came to the Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance court, AAP Kerala intervened with a petition to implead. And the AAP Kerala lawyer and State Executive member Ajit Joy was successful in directing the focus against then vigilance director Vinson M. Paul. The case ended with a critical reference by the court against K.M.Mani.
AAP Kerala then filed a petition asking for an FIR against K.Babu in the Vigilance court. Now a lot of pressure mounting on the judge, the case was adjourned to January 23, the same date to which a similar case in the Thrissur Vigilance court had been scheduled earlier. Also the Judge Illikkadan has been transferred to Motor Vehicles Claims Tribunal in Thrissur.
Lok Sabha 2014
2014 Lok Sabha Elections was the debut in electoral politics by Aam Aadmi Party in Kerala, and contested in 15 out of the 20 seats. Aam Aadmi Party Kerala got 1% of Votes and 11th position in vote share by political parties in Kerala State.
|Kannur||Sasidharan K. V.||6106|
|Kozhikode||K. P. Ratheesh||13934|
|Wayanad||P. P. A. Sageer||10684|
|Thrissur||Prof. Sarah Joseph||44638|
|Chalakkudi||K M Noordeen||35189|
Local Body Elections 2015
Aam Aadmi Party Kerala contested in 300 of the 21865 Wards (Which including Grama Panchayat, Block Panchayat, District Panchayat, Municipalities & Corporations). AAP came 2nd in a couple of wards, and 3rd in a few. A Glossary of Local Body Elections for Aam Aadmi Party Kerala:
|Division||Number of Division||Total Wards||Contested by AAP||Total Votes|
Unlike other political parties in India, AAP delivers professional training to their office holders.
C R Neelakandan speaking in AAP Parivarthan Camp on March 11, 2016
- Aam Aadmi Party. "Kerala State Unit Formed". http://www.aamaadmiparty.org/news/aam-aadmi-party-forms-its-kerala-unit.
- Aam Aadmi Party, Interim State Executive Committee
- Aam Aadmi Party Kerala, Kerala State Executives of Aam Aadmi Party
- Aam Aadmi Party, Youth Wing. "AYW". http://www.aapyouthwing.org/.
- ECI Results, LS Election 2014 Kerala. "LS2014". http://www.ceo.kerala.gov.in/pdf/generalelection2014/GE_2014_DETAILED_RESULT.pdf.
- ECI At a Glance, Vote Share of Parties LS2014Kerala. "LS2014". http://www.ceo.kerala.gov.in/pdf/generalelection2014/GE_2014_Result0001.pdf.