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 leading in 61/68 seats at 10:15 am India time (Source: Election Commission Website). Complete safaya of all other parties. Landslide victory, scale not even captured by exit polls.
The occasion is symbolic of the power of common man. If pushed to the corner, it can overthrow most powerful of political class. Aam aadmi is fascinated by the innovative methods of AAP & Kejriwal and feels part of the system to provide governance. Common man was so fed up in Delhi of political establishment that it decided to give a chance to somebody from their class to run and govern the state. It was as if Aam aadmi accepted the challenge that we can also run governments and perhaps in a much better way. We don’t have experience but we have vision / mission & honest intentions.
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, Bihar and other states. 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 (or rather less security), 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 in coming elections. Hope this ushers in a new brand of politics.
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 its & capital’s 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? People of Delhi have voted for him. So they deserve a chance…. All the Best!
A short one as I have to rush to office and a long day today in office… More on why AAP won, lessons for BJP, implications on national politics later….