Spring (in Politics) comes with AAP

SM Fasiullah for BeyondHeadlines

AAP aaye to bahar aayee (With you “AAP” came Spring!). It’s an apt expression in the modern times for a youth like me who’s almost fed up with existing corrupt players in the Indian political system.

With a strong debut of 28 assembly seats in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has sent a powerful message to all – “AAP ka yeh sandesh, aaj Delhi kal poora desh”.

Out of the five states where elections have been recently conducted, AAP participated only in one. Its grand victory in Delhi has come as a strong blow to Congress, a biggest loser in terms of assembly seats (won just 8) when compared to the previous elections.

Even Bharatiya Janata Patry, which was hopeful of swaying Delhi voters in the so called Modi wave, could not score enough to form government independently in the state.

Now Arvind Kejriwal, a man with strong determination and guts, maintained his words following the victory (which he attributes to the people) to clean the politics with his “broom”. He said both Congress and BJP should join hands to form the government in Delhi as they “have the same ideology, both are corrupt”.

In the address following his victory, he told reporters: “This is the first time that an election has been fought on the basis of truth and honesty. Till now, we associated politics with crime and corruption.”

Mr. Kejriwal has been trying to remain connected with common man (aam aadmi) from the beginning. He chose party’s name AAP, selected election symbol ‘broom’, and now success as victory of people.

Now it would be interesting to see whether Mr. Kejriwal and his party remain true to their promise of cleansing politics, fulfill their promise of equality and justice. He already consulted with numerous players in politics prior to elections. One among them is Welfare Party of India (WPI).

After the announcement of AAP’s success with 28 seats, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), an ideological organization with a strong network nationwide which floated WPI, lauded AAP.

JIH linked the failure of Congress and other secular parties in the recent assembly elections to their non-performance and taking minorities for granted.

Syed Jalaluddin Umari, Ameer (National President) of JIH, has termed the emergence of AAP as a good sign for the country and a lesson for other political parties.

How far Mr. Kejriwal, who’s setting a new trend in the Indian system, would succeed in wiping out corruption in politics and bureaucracy. Will he let other like-minded players sail in his ship of reform? Let’s wait and watch as time passes!


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