In a press conference in New Delhi today, the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) announced changing its name to AAAAAP, for Aam Aadmi Aur Aam Aurat Party. The party officials addressed the press this afternoon after a meeting of the party core group in the capital.
Arvind Kejriwal explained the rationale behind the name change, “Change of our party name is the result of popular demand from the aam aadmi and aam aurat, the common people. As I have always said this is not my party. It is the people’s party. We will do whatever the people say. We should have thought of this earlier itself. But in the haste to float the party we overlooked this aspect. With this correction, we are sure many aam aurats will join our crusade against corruption.”
Another AAAAAP leader, Kumar Vishwas, known for making startling statements not necessarily backed up by explanation or evidence, said “This is just the first change of name. More will follow.” He did not elaborate but kept on smiling. When the inquisitive press was persistent, Kejriwal was forced to explain.
“Yes, more name changes are possible. There is a section of people that thinks our party is only for people related to mango. Some think it is the party of mango eaters or mango lovers or mango farmers, traders and so on. But I want to clarify our party is for eaters of all kinds of fruits or no fruit at all. At an appropriate time we will ask the common people to suggest a new name. Then, there is a misconception about the word ‘party’. Some think we are a party where common man parties and enjoys and so want to join us. We may have to use the word ‘paksh’ instead.”
Reacting to this development, Kiran Bedi, who identifies with the anti-corruption movement started by Anna Hazare, said “this is a welcome move. Now I am ready to join the party. So far I was not sure if I had a place or a role in the party. In any case, just to be on the safer side, I have now developed a taste for mangoes.”