It’s a historic day today, Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party is all set to take oath as Chief Minister of Delhi again against all odds. The relatively new party born out of Anna Hazare’s India Against Corruption (IAC) Movement emerged as the 2nd largest party in a hung assembly by bagging 28 seats, much to the surprise of many in last elections in 2013. This time it has emerged as the largest party with 67 seats.
The day is of celebration, celebration of power of people, power of democracy. All the best to Kejriwal & his team. Do good work. Engage in positive politics, leave negativity, show grace and try to fulfill promises. At least try to get something done in Delhi, this would provide a good base for upcoming assembly elections in Punjab. Additionally, the party also has the ability to occupy the vaccum created by decline of Congress nationally.
The party is already setting new trends in Indian politics – no horse trading, no security for CM / Ministers, no bunglows, door to door campaigning, transparent funding etc. Political parties already taking a cue out of AAP’s leaf and will try to copy some of these. Hope this ushers in a new brand of politics.
The venue is also symbolic – Ramlila Grounds – place where the IAC movement started. People from all over the country have gathered. The occasion will serve as a “HUNKAR” to entire political class & pundits. Don’t write off AAP, don’t take them lightly, AAM AADMI has arrived to take reins of his destiny…..
Whether they can do it or not, only time will tell. I have been a critic of AAP & still do not agree with a host of their things. But who am I? they deserve a chance…. All the Best!
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