The Delhi and the Aam Aadmi Party

Arvind Kejriwal has done something uncommon, extraordinary and outstanding by scooping up 67 of the 70 Assembly seats in Delhi, leading a two-year old outfit, aptly named the Aam Aadmi Party or the common man’s party. The sweeping scale of his victory shows that the aspirations of the common voter for transformational politics have embodied themselves in a wave that swept all the other parties including the BJP to the fringes. It underscores the rising expectations of ordinary people for transparent and accessible governance, delivering on promises. The party and Mr. Kejriwal were ridiculed and caricatured by opponents for the agitations — first over the right to information and later against corruption — that built him as a politician. The AAP did not win a single seat in Delhi in the Lok Sabha elections. But Mr. Kejriwal stood his ground. He mobilized the widespread discontent among ordinary people with conventional politics, offering them a new hope, of politics that offers clean and sensitive governance.

AAP VISION: 60 years ago India’s founding forefathers had a dream for all of us – a dream of an equal and just society where every man, woman and child has the right and privilege to lead a fulfilling and nurturing life, free from all kinds of oppression. This was a dream and a hope over 60 years ago. The Constitution of India and specifically the Preamble to the Constitution of India, defines a clear roadmap for the future of our country wherein the common man and woman hold the power to decide their destiny.

Today nobody can say that India has achieved this dream. Before independence the common man was a slave to foreign powers; today he has become a slave of the political system of our country. There is a new master in our country today. For the last 2 years the anti corruption movement has galvanized the country from end to end into one common voice – a voice that is demanding a complete rehaul in the way political parties and their leaders function. This national demand for a change in the way our political system works has forced our anti corruption drives to enter the political arena to clean it from the inside. Politics itself is not a dirty word – it is our current breed of politicians who have made it dirty. Aam Aadmi Party wants to make politics a noble calling once again. Our party’s vision is to realize e dream of SWARAJ that Gandhi had envisaged for a free India – where the power of governance and rights of democracy will be in the hands of the people of India.