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Forget NDA and UPA, AAP is a (contra-)alliance in itself!!

Forget NDA and UPA, AAP is a (contra-)alliance in itself!!

Some of the poster boys of Anti-corruption movement in India are riding a high wave in New Delhi. These are the ones who made the Aam Aadmi Party. Although they ended second in the recent election, it was deemed to be a blockbuster entry in a rather conventional politics India witnessed in over 6 decades of independence.

As expected by many, the Aam Aadmi Party is now eying the General Elections. Fair enough, considering the initial support they got from everywhere, but the turf on the national scale is not the same as the one in Delhi elections.

The Aam Aadmi Party has to fight with the  two biggies (and many others) established for decades and have their own vote bank base. Although the Delhi elections have given an impression that it is not an impossible thing to crack the code against the conventional political parties, there is a potential threat to Aam Aadmi from the most unexpected place – The Inside.

Yes, the few rebels, negativity and controversies that Aam Aadmi Party has faced in few days is just a tip of the iceberg. The contrasting ideas within the party is leading it to complete disaster and collapse. Let us analyze the situation.

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India, the world’s largest democracy, has been ruled by coalition Government for over a decade now. National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) are the 2 coalitions or Alliances which are the coalition partners of the BJP and INC, which have been clubbed and parties fight elections based on these. Then there are claims of a third front giving a tough battle to make a Government.

These alliances are made by parties with similar ideologies (as claimed) but rather these alliances work on a enemy-of-enemy-is-friend philosophy. This means that they club just to ensure the defeat of a common “enemy”. And there are changes post election result. All these have been witness in few years now.

Now let us see Aam Aadmi Party in particular. The party with a very narrow agenda. Anti corruption being one of them. Claiming themselves to be the voice of aam aadmi or the common man, the party claims to eradicate the single most issue that is hammering the growth of the country- Corruption. Although they have a few more issues, this is their bread and butter.

To achieve the goal they have called all the good people from all walks of life to join the party and now they are getting ample supporters. From industrialists to actors to NGO activists to sport persons to off course the common man, the party is joined by people from everywhere.

And here is where the problem started. We have seen in few days that people within the party have been giving statements against their colleagues.Here are a few of them:-

  • A new joinee Mallika Sarabhai objected to Kumar Vishwas’ views on women and religious views in a couple of videos. She was later questioned rather than answered by former and the top cadre remained mostly silent.
  • Captain Gopinath, yet another entrant, had criticised CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Delhi govt decision of not allowing FDI in multi-brand retail. AAP downplays FDI remarks by Capt. Gopinath.
  • Statement on Kashmir by Prashant Bhushan created controversy and party backed off.
  • Again party looked silent on Prashant Bhushan’s statement on Maoists.
  • Rebels have gone up in party. Binni has openly held a press conference and slammed Arvind Kejriwal calling him liar after the latter called Binny an opportunist.
  • Another leader of the party Tina Sharma said AAP had begun work on its 2014 LS elections and was not concerned about its 2013 resolutions anymore.
  • The opposition was demanding resignation of the Law Minister Somnath Bharti over his indictment by a court for “tampering with evidence” in a case which he handled last year.
  • And if this was not enough, the recent midnight pro-activism of Law minister in front of camera against woman of foreign nation has raised a big controversy.
  • Voices were raised when Arvind Kejriwal made his latest statement that they are against BJP in the center and gave chance to the NaMo supporters for their allegation that AAP is actually a B-team of Congress.
  • Many supporters and voters of Aam Aadmi Party are unhappy with how they have dealt with the 700 Lt. of free water. The Terms and Conditions of the manifesto said that 1 Lt over 700 Lt would mean the user will have to pay for all 700 Lt.
  • Kejriwal’s attitude and statements after the Rape of a foreign national also got a lot of criticism.
  • The list is endless…..

AAP  is still not ready with the main stream issues like their take on terrorism, reservation, minority, Bangladesh intruders, industrial reforms, power reforms and tens of regional issues. And with eminent personalities joining the bandwagon, there are eminent egos all around.

The party seems to have made a wrong move by declaring to fight elections in such a short span of time. To come to a unified manifesto or keep all its workers on a unified ideology in such a short span of time seems an impossible target to achieve. It will be interesting to know how Kejriwal and his team will tackle against the alliance conflicts within.


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