The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) unprecedented electoral triumph in Delhi has gladdened all the Arvind Kejriwal supporters in Bollywood.
Says music composer-singer Vishal Dadlani, “I’ll always be active in the AAP, but only as a citizen. That’s my duty. My hope has always been that more people would raise their voices for a cause they believe in.”
As far as active politics is concerned Vishal would have none of that. “I’ve no interest in governance. I’m a musician, and that’s all I want to be.”
Gul Panag who is an active member of the AAP and had contested the Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh, says, “I’ll continue to be as active in the Party as I used to be. Why should the Delhi victory make any difference? I’ll continue my work in building the party organization in Chandigarh. Whatever role the Party assigns me I’d be happy to play.”
Javed Jaffrey who contested the Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow on an AAM Aadmi ticket says he will support the party in every way.
Speaking of Arvind Kejriwal, Javed Jaffrey says, “We have to look at his track record. He’s an IIT graduate, then he became an income-tax office, after which he formed an organization for social reform. Then he went on to work for the RTI (Right To Information). The RTI was the first attempt to connect politics with the common man. After he worked towards his goal with Anna Hazare he formed the movement for the masses.”
That’s when Javed decided to join hands with Kejriwal. “Mr Kejriwal had to get into active politics. Initially my reaction too was, ‘Arrey yaar, why is he in politics?’ But then I realized to change the system you have to be part of the system. We must keep in mind that none of the electoral candidates in the AAP has a criminal record. Almost every political party has given tickets to candidates with criminal records.”