India is about to enter in 36 day long, big democratic festival – The Loksabha Elections 2014. We, Indians, were used to the “yahan kuch nahi ho sakta” and “Neta toh aise hi hote hai.” Suddenly back in 2011, India noticed another movement -the IAC-which politicians took lightly. They must not have imagined the consequences of ignoring it otherwise they would have drafted something in the name of Janlokpal way back in 2011.
Politicians were making a mockery of the IAC movement and few of them invited IAC members to jump in politics and draft the Janlokpal. Arvind Kejriwal, one key IAC member felt that politicians didn’t have any interest in Janlokpal and he, with acceptance of Anna, announced to make new party to jump into politics and participate for the passage of the Janlokpal bill. They would not have found such a nice name for the party but Robert Vadra gave them a clue by making fun of them. This was the origin of “Aam Aadmi Party.” Every person, who is committed to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:- JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation; is an Aam Admi, no matter how less or more (s)he earns.
AAP in Delhi
In 2011, BJP was on positive swing with the default Indian system advantage – opposition and they also ignored the wave of IAC which may lead to them handling a massive loss in Loksabha 2014. The Narendra Modi wave was on a high after his fourth consecutive win as Gujarat CM which may be at it’s peak. He ignored Indians’ anxiety against corruption. Namo was busy in publishing his development work while India was focusing over corruption. Result of this was there in form of the Delhi election when newbie AAP blew BJP’s Vidhansabha swap over all four states. Although BJP got maximum seats but still did not manage to form the government in Delhi. By head count and Sikkim’s experience, it was one of the possible options to have the government by BJP-Congress alliance, but BJP preferred to stay out considering Loksabha 2014. It resulted in the historic AAP government in many terms. It was the first government with external support from a party without request and the first which delivered most of their promises in a short tenure.
Kejriwal did not stop here and he tried to bring Janlokpal on board which Congress and BJP were not willing to support. Also Kejriwal passed orders to file an FIR against Mukesh Ambani. Finally Kejriwal quit from being the CM because of the Janlokpal not being presented in the Vidhan Sabha for discussion. It is the start of emergence of Kejriwal against Namo, whom a group of followers, politicians and media projected like the PM and the Janta somehow accepted as “better/No other option”. Congress is already facing challenges from Kumar Vishwas of AAP against Rahul Gandhi.
Till now, the Indian democracy has never shown such a competitive democratic election where someone is keen to contest against prime ministerial candidate from major parties. It may be a political suicide for Kejriwal and Kuumar Vishwas but the question is that they were never there for politics, but to change the politics.
They are keen to bring ground issues on the surface which have been buried for a while now. They are talking about corruption, social welfare, ground amenities instead of luxurious things of which these politicians are used to. They have been successful to corner issues like secularism, communalism and casteism which were truly two faces (BJP-Congress) of the same coin.
Taking the Safer Route
I don’t know if Namo is going to adopt a safer approach as other politicians were used to in recent time and contest from multiple seats however if not, it would be the most interesting contest in Indian democracy.
Rahul Gandhi already looks like he is on the back foot and may adopt the same approach to contest from multiple seats. It brings other questions too on surface. In case Namo does not contest from multiple seats and loses the election against Kejriwal while BJP/NDA gets majority, who would be lucky face in BJP?
One point is very clear that no matter what would be the result, Aam Aadmi Party have made Loksabha 2014 more interesting than IPL this year. A lot of if’s and but’s are there and still 20 days left to start the election contest.
By Manish Jugran