It was huge decline in popularity of fastest emerging political party of Indian political history. It was ultimately a sad situation where a party in power with 67 seats ready for coalition but a party with zero seats refuses to come in coalition.
Aam Aadami Party (AAP) is the one of the fastest emerging political party in the history of Indian politics. This was emerged from social movement against corruption (India Against Corruption) led by social activist Anna Hazaare. AAP was founded in 2012 by Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Shazia Illmi, Professor Anand Kumar and Kumar Vishwas.
It was a golden time of Aam Aadami Party where everyone had some kind of hopes for alternative politics. AAP was decided to fight Delhi assembly elections in 2013 to eliminate corruption, implement mohalla sabha and Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen Ombudsman Bill).
People of Delhi had shown their supports to such alternative politics of AAP. They have elected 28 MLAs of AAP in 2013 assembly elections. Arvind Kejriwal became CM of Delhi with the help of external support of congress. After few months of governance Arvind Kejariwal resigned from post of Chief Minister in February 2014. There may be more big aspiration of party from Lok Sabha elections. That was the time when many Artists, Journalist, Social Activist, Administrative Officers, Leaders of other parties are joining party because they have seen AAP as political alternative.
Aam Aadami Party now looking forward to general elections of 2014. They have pushed more than 400 candidates across different states of India; this figure was almost equal to two national parties of Congress and BJP. Many leaders of AAP were not agreed to fight election at such bigger level, as they don’t have party cadre at many constituencies. Finally, 4 MPs were elected of AAP from Punjab, but they have lost all seats in Delhi against Narendra Modi led BJP. Although, It was a quite good beginning for an 18 months old political party.
People were caught between the corrupt Congress regime and the purported communal intentions of the BJP, the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party provided the hapless common man a glimmer of hope. It was looked upon as a party with a difference and which upheld ethical values in public life, boosted by the presence of professionals who were joining politics after sacrificing their highly paid jobs.
Aam Aadami Party had a chance to create an ideology around corruption in our system. It was again assembly elections in Delhi in 2015, this time AAP wiped out congress and BJP from Delhi. AAP got 67 seats out of 70. It was big majority as well as it was big responsibility for Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadami Party. This was very crucial time for AAP to manage their party and MLAs. Everyone had their own aspiration to be part of government or party, but Arvind Kejriwal doesn’t want to lose his own control over party.
Political party must have an ideology to keep that alive, but Aam Aadami Party forgotten their core agenda with the time. Founder members like Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar, Shazia Illmi started leaving the party due to their ignorance in party as well as government. Arvind Kejriwal wanted to be an only boss of AAP but others raised their voice for decentralization of power.
But power seems to have got the better of the AAP, which had promised good governance and values. Dogged by one controversy or the other, it has taken the easier way out by hitting out at those who criticize it in order to cover up its misdeeds. You can’t fulfill the aspirations of people by merely indulging in rhetoric. Its bizarre reaction when dengue threatened Delhi is an example. Given this trend, it is no surprise that people are losing faith in the party.
Several times Kejriwal questioned over Narendra Modi’s governance model and policies like demonetization, GST, subsidy schemes, foreign tours and national security related issues. National Security is sensitive issue of Indian politics, while AAP was neither in opposition then why they were questioning on such issues. Many times Kejriwal’s asked for proofs of surgical strikes by Indian Army and Indian Air Force in Myanmar and Pakistan. Nation pride should be a priority for everyone. Former AAP leader also targeted on AK’s statements on our armed forces actions.
Recently AAP leaders waited long for coalition in general election with Congress in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Goa. But, Congress refused to come-up with Aam Adami Party. There was a time when AAP was not ready to take any kind of support from corrupt Congress in Delhi assembly elections. It was ultimately a sad situation where a party in power with 67 seats ready for coalition but a party with zero seats refuses to come in coalition.
Why AAP lost their hope in Delhi despite of having huge majority in assembly. It was all due to one man show over the party and government. Many MLAs were not satisfied with the government functioning. Party does not have leadership like what they had in 2014. Aam Aadami Party missing their think tanks i.e. Yogendra Yadav, Kumar Vishwas, Prashant Bhusan, Prof. Anand Kumar, Shazia Illmi and many other who joined before 2014 but left after 2015 elections.
AAP and Arvind Kejriwal should think about this situation:
- Why this happened with party?
- How we deviated from our core agenda?
- Why people are not ready to come together with AAP?
- How to create coordination between party and government?
- What happened with idea of alternative politics or party with difference ideology?
They have to work on strengthening their political ideology. Ideology is much needed concept for any political party. It creates a strong association between party workers, party leaders and government if party in power.
This was a huge decline in popularity of Aam Aadami Party from 2014 to 2019 general elections. If party do not cop-up with problems within party. It will be a end of AK’s game in Delhi Assembly elections of 2020.