Political party in India – AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP)
Formally launched on 26 November 2012, AAP was a result of differences between social activists Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare over politically driving the anti-corruption movement. A few members of the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement moved away from the social movement and joined forces with Arvind Kejriwal to formulate the political party.
Sending shock-waves across political circuits, the AAP emerged as a force to reckon after clinching the New Delhi 2013 Assembly Elections with a resounding victory. AAP changed the face of Indian politics giving hope to the common man of becoming a game changer. Leading the party, Arvind Kejriwal has become the ‘aam aadmi’ fighting for the common man’s cause.Marred with a series of scams and the concern of price rise, AAP’s performance in the State of Delhi led a surge of excitement across the nation, and a new chapter took birth in Indian governance. AAP’s formation of a government in Delhi, with outside support from the Congress, gave a general sense of hope to Indians.
Aam Aadmi Party History
AAP (meaning the Common Man Party) was started by a first-time politician and had no connections with any age-old political party. The founders of the party were a part of the IAC movement led by veteran activist Anna Hazare. The anti-corruption movement saw activists push for the enactment of the Jan Lokpal Bill, which would enable the investigation and trial of corruption cases against public servants. Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption agitation caught the entire country’s imagination. While the veteran Gandhian believed that his movement does not need to be politicised, the likes of Kejriwal felt the need to be a part of the political system to bring about a desired change. Hence, they branched out of the social movement and launched the Aam Aadmi Party, which got recognition from the Election Commission in March 2013. On 28 December 2013, party founder Arvind Kejriwal was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of New Delhi after his party showcased a stellar performance in the assembly elections.
Founder of AAP
New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, the epicenter of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement, saw the beginning of a revolution in 2011. A common man with an uncommon style took the government heads-on and launched an unexpected political battle. Arvind Kejriwal, a former bureaucrat, is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He served the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) before he shook a few pillars with his efforts to enact the Right to Information Act (RTI).
A recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, Kejriwal transformed AAP from a fringe player to a giant killer in its sensational debut in the New Delhi Assembly elections. However, what makes his victory sweeter is the fact that it took Kejriwal just a year to build AAP, and made its presence felt across the nation. The IITian defeated veteran Congress politician Sheila Dikshit in her constituency. Following the state polls, Kejriwal took office as the Chief Minister of Delhi on 28 December 2013. However, he resigned 49 days later after the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalled the Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by him.
With the nation staring at a possible game changer in the upcoming general elections, Kejriwal’s poll strategy continues to revolve around the vision of cleaning-up the Indian political system. Only time will reveal if this common man’s vision will awaken the great Indian middle class.
Election Symbol of the AAP
Arvind Kejriwal and his party has taken up the daunting task of cleaning the country of corruption. With this motive, the AAP chose the humble ‘broom’ as its official election symbol. Their slogan Jhaadu chalaao, beimaan bhagaao (wield the broom, get rid of cheats) is aimed at saving the Indian political system from its corrupt politicians. The party is fighting for a more transparent system, which will help the country reclaim its democratic identity.
Achievements of the AAP
After coming to power in New Delhi, the party reduced electricity bills for up to 400 units, driven by subsidy. He also provided free water to every household with a water meter (upto 20 kilolitres). The government also scrapped the much-debated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-retail. Sticking to its core vision, the AAP set up an anti-corruption helpline for citizens to report on corrupt government officials.