20 October, 2020

Gatecrasher’s Gig

The big challenge before the AAP is to sustain its style of politics

Sanjay Rawat
Gatecrasher’s Gig

What is two years in the life of a new political party? Particularly when the party does not have pedigree, it would certainly become the object of mild curiosity and much contempt from the establishment.

That is exactly what happened to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Until it stormed Delhi in December 2013. After that, the AAP became the talk of the town. Some held it in awe. Some saw it as an omen of destabilising tendencies; some read a spring of democratic revolution in it. Until it resigned in a huff within 49 days of assuming power in Delhi. Once it did that, it looked like it had run out of steam.

A year on after that hara-kiri, the party has once again taken over Delhi and in what style! Now everyone would find virtue in the party. This is something curious: you may eulogise it, you may grumble about it, but it is impossible to ignore the AAP. One may attribute this to the smart way in which the AAP capitalised on the media attention it has been getting. But there is no point denying something extraordinary about the party. A deeply political leadership has...



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