On this day in 2015, AAP scripted history by winning 67/70 seats in Delhi. It was a historic mandate, such seen only in North Eastern states. Aam aadmi’s jhaadu did safaya of political class. While BJP which formed govt. in all 4 states which went to polls after Lok Sabha could bag only 3 seats. BJP’s Congress mukt Bharat was realised by AAP in Delhi, party scoring a duck. The victory was made possible as AAP riding on frustration of public with netas, raised hopes of Lok Suraj.
After 3 years of rule, this question is often asked by critics as well as supporters, “Has it lived up to its expectations?” 3 years is a short time to fulfil all promises made by AAP. The government has done appreciable work in education and health sectors which has even been noted by global agencies. This has been made possible despite limited power the govt. enjoys and a non cooperating LG hoisted by centre.
However, the party has been weakened by exit of leaders like Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, alleging lack of internal party democracy in the party and highlighting Kejriwal’s my way or highway attitude. Kapil Mishra has levelled serious corruption allegations against Kejriwal, ED & CBI are investigating financial irregularities committed by Health Minister Satyendra Jain. Denial of Rajya Sabha ticket to Kumar Vishwas, and allegations of sale of tickets to newcomers have marred the reputation of the party.
It appears AAP is fast becoming like any other party. Politically it has lost some clout in Delhi as visible in MCD results. If re-elections on 20 seats are held, where it’s MLAs have been disqualified, part will struggle to retain all of them. The party has achieved a lot in a short short span of time. It is now the lead opposition party in Punjab.
The party needs to focus on few states where it can make a difference. In Lok Sabha it should focus on a few seats, possibly contest all purely urban seats (53) in 2019. Party needs to reconnect its chord with public, raise issues of public concern. Involve public in all key decisions like earlier – selection of candidates, framing of policies, online funding. That’s the key differentiator of AAP. It is common man’s party. Hit the road, fight for public cause, get back its mojo!
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