Thursday, May 30, 2024

An interview with Dr. Bhaben Choudhury- Head of Aam Aadmi Party- Assam

Robin Bhuyan (Editor)

Manish Das

Naba Kumar Sharma

After the anti-corruption movement of 2011, led by the Gandhian leader Anna Hazare, the Aam Aadmi Party had gained significant prominence in India, especially after it came to power in Delhi state. The party has also earned appreciation for their work in Delhi, in the fields of health and education. In Assam, the Aam Aadmi Party’s President is Dr. Bhaben Choudhury, who is also the MD of Sanjeevani Hospital, near Maligaon. Here, we have a discussion with Dr. Choudhury, regarding the future of Aam Aadmi Party in Assam, as well as his views on the current political scenario.

What is the current state of the Aam Aadmi party in Assam?

Our party has evolved from the movement in Delhi and it gradually gained traction in Assam. Although initially small, our presence has grown substantially since 2018. We’ve secured significant positions in the municipal elections, and we came second second in the Tiwa municipal polls and also won seats in Guwahati. A survey by Pratidin Time and Cotton University seemed to support our cause. With the backing of Arvind Kejriwal, our momentum has surged.

What is your vision for the future of the party?

I envision a future where AAP brings positive transformations, akin to what has been achieved in Delhi and Punjab. The accomplishments under Arvind Kejriwal’s leadership, like providing essential services, inspire us. We believe simlar improvements can be made in Assam, focusing on education, healthcare, and addressing electricity and water shortages.

How do you plan to strengthen the party’s presence in Assam?

Our party’s growth is a result of AAP’s successes in Delhi and commitment to public welfare. We are committed to grassroot strengthening, emphasizing trust and genuine service. Upholding our party’s integrity is crucial in garnering support from voters.

What message do you have for voters to support AAP over other parties?

I appeal to voters and AAP workers to stand behind our principles. We have a proven record of serving the public, and I urge everyone to rally around our cause for a better Assam.

How do you assess Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma’s recent work?

The BJP’s governance is critiqued for not taking sufficient action against corruption. Although several arrests have been made, most of the people arrested are small-time office workers, and there has been no action against corrupt people in higher positions. We need a more significant focus on addressing critical issues and promoting genuine progress.

There have been rumors about Ajit Kumar Bhuyan joining AAP. Can you clarify?

Regarding the rumors, I emphasize that those who believe in AAP and our ideology should join our ranks and contribute positively to our efforts.

What are your thoughts on the formation of an AAP government in Assam?

Our goal is to establish an Assam model, akin to the successful governance in Delhi, to effectively serve the people. I’m confident that if the people look at the work done in Delhi, and decide to choose us, we will secure victory in 2026 and form the government.

How do you view the increasing number of leaders splitting from parties?

Leaders have the constitutional right to make their choices. I think sometimes people feel that they are not able to serve the public from within their own party, which leads them to making a decision to join a different party. While there may be various reasons for splits, our focus remains on serving the public and promoting positive change.

What role will AAP play in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections?

We are working towards an alliance with the “India party” at the national level, to defeat the ruling party. It’s crucial to collaborate to overcome the challenges posed by the current BJP rule.

Why do you think governments often struggle to fulfill their promises? Is something wrong with the political parties, or is the system of democracy itself flawed?

Governments often fail to fulfil promises due to a lack of accountability. We need to address corruption and ensure that our leaders prioritize the welfare of the people. Youth involvement in politics is essential to bring about genuine change.

How will AAP contribute to improving the field of education in Assam, if it comes to power in the state?

Education is a critical aspect, and it is important for us to ensure quality education accessible to all. We should focus on improving healthcare and educational institutions, including setting up neighbourhood clinics, to promote a sustainable future for Assam. Addressing corruption and mismanagement is also extremely vital for progress.

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