Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked party leaders and volunteers not to harbor any desire for posts and tickets to contest polls. He said that they should instead prove their worth by working for society and the country.
Kejriwal addressed the party virtually at the party's national council meet when he said that he wished for people not to recognize AAP as a party like Congress or BJP, and asked partymen to give up their aspirations for posts and tickets.
The chief minister said after seeing the way our party is running the government in Delhi, people across the country have started feeling that "the AAP is the only hope".
"If you come to me asking for posts, it means you are not deserving it and you have to demand it. You should work in such a manner that I have to say that you should hold the post," Kejriwal said.
The AAP is focusing on poll-bound Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat as part of its national expansion plan.
"Anna Ji used to say politics is based on only one principle - 'Satta' through 'Paisa' and then 'Paisa' through 'Satta'. Aam Aadmi Party is here to change this concept. Our purpose is not to get into power by hook or by crook. We are here for the people of this country and their trust."
He said when our party was very young, people used to say that it would cease to exist in a couple of years. "When we came into power in Delhi, back then people would say they had one term and their party would finish after that. But now that we have been successfully running a government in Delhi, people look at our work and say that we are the only hope they have left."
AAP was formed with only one purpose - 'Seva, Qurbani, Balidaan'," he added. The AAP's 10th national council meeting was held online due to the Covid pandemic.
"Shahid-e-Azam Bhagat Singh and Baba Saheb Ambedkar are two supreme ideals of our party. Each of our volunteers should be ready to make sacrifices like them," Kejriwal said.
The AAP has refurbished its new national council. "I am delighted that we have successfully onboarded the AAP's new national council. I hope and pray that the tenure of this council is extremely fruitful and prosperous," Kejriwal said.
The work done by the AAP government during the pandemic in Delhi is being discussed all over the world, Kejriwal said, adding the party leaders and workers like Delhi MLA Dilip Pandey helped people day and night.
The Delhi chief minister invoked the 'Gita', saying everyone in the society looks up to its leader. "We see what transpires in other parties. Dozens of people fight for one seat, parties break away, factions are formed.
We don't want that to happen with our party. If something like that happens, the faith and trust stored in our party will cease to exist forever," he said. Senior party leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said nation-building is one of the prime purposes behind the formation of the AAP.
"We must constantly keep in mind why the Aam Aadmi Party was formed. Why didn't we join any of the existing parties and instead thought of establishing the AAP? We must constantly ask ourselves this question. Then we will be able to contribute better to the Aam Aadmi Party and the country," he said.
(with PTI inputs)