Aam Aadmi Party: Then and Now

Written by: Hemank Choubisa

In India, weather & politics keep changing at the drop of a hat but I’m not certain about the former. 2018 has begun vociferously in the corridors of power in New Delhi when Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal & Deputy CM Manish Sisodia announced their party’s candidates on 3 Rajya Sabha seats which sparked off a clamour when Kumar Vishwas sarcastically lashed out at Kejriwal for not nominating him to the upper house. If we look the past events vis-à-vis AAP, after the debacle of MCD Polls the image of AAP is finished as an alternative for Indian politics.

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But if we look back in the year 2011 & 2012 the Aam Aadmi Party was an idea conceived by Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on the plank of anti-corruption during India Against Corruption Movement led by Anna Hazaare which challenged the then UPA-II government head on.

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The AAP gained patronage by catching the right nerve of the Indian middle class as the common man was disgruntled & perturbed with government at the centre due to its miserable failure in tackling corruption under its regime. And as a result within a span of three years AAP successfully won Delhi assembly elections with a brute majority of 67 seats in a 70 seats assembly.

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But then things began to take drastic turns in the path of Aam Aadmi Party when Arvind’s cabinet minister Jitendra Tomar got busted in a forged degree sacandal in 2015, followed by Kejriwal’s war of words with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung & Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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In 2016, the countrymen witnessed a sky and earth difference between Arvind of 2010 & Kejriwal of 2016. It was amply clear that Arvind Kejriwal is no longer a synonym of hope & now he’s a synonym of opportunism when he openly questioned the credibility of Indian Army by asking for anecdotal evidences on surgical strikes.

Reaction of public on Kejriwal’s statement about Surgical strike. Image Courtesy- Jansatta

Corruption, Sex Scandal, Forgery, you just name it Aam Aadmi Party is embroiled in all. The politics of hope & idealism turned into the politics of finger pointing & opportunism. The man who swore of not leading an ostentatious life is the same man who squandered taxpayers’ hard earned money in publishing advertisements, showcasing his governance achievements in ponderous newspapers in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Assam where his party had no political presence and Aam Aadmi Party squandered a large chunk of 500 crores in expanding its political footprints rather than striving for power in MCD elections that gave a reality check to AAP.

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But the year is new & so is politics, now the AAP has announced its Rajya Sabha candidates. Except Sanjay Singh, the other two candidates are Sushil Gupta & ND Gupta who are opulent & outsiders. This has irked Kumar Vishwas as he has been sidelined once again after Punjab election campaigning.

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Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken & Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari didn’t waste a minute and called him a snollygoster as this nomination gave the opposition a gigantic chance to make blistering attacks on Arvind Kejriwal.

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In conclusion I would say that if we conncect the dots, we would find that this is just a tip of the iceberg as Aam Aadmi Party is crumbling. Prashant Bhushan & Yogendra Yadav have already deserted the party, followed by umpteen number of controversies like forgery, sex tape scandal, corruption, mutiny by Kapil Mishra and now it’s Kumar Vishwas. Now the questions arise:

Q.1 Will this internal war escalate between Arvind Kejriwal & Kumar Vishwas ?

Q.2 If Kumar Vishwas deserts the AAP, will the broom splinter or will it continue to ‘clean the filth’ ?


About the author- The Author, Hemank Choubisa is  a trainee journalist in India Today Media Institute.

Edited & Published by- Anurag Sharma

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