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With Horror of Disunion Looming overhead, AAP struggles to Unite itself for Upcoming MCD Elections

They are coming to terms with the reality of AAP and if the party wants to save its face, then Kejriwal should correct AAP affairs before more trouble hits the party

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New Delhi, March 31, 2017: The occurrence of MCD elections is set to take place on March 23; Keeping that in the purview with the way things are moving for Aam Aadmi Party, it seems like the AAP’s biggest challenge will not be its counterparts contesting in bypolls, but the party itself. Struggling with internal disintegration, the party saw last week at least two candidates disavowing their loyalty, went hand in hand with other parties.

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On March 27, AAP MLA from Bawana, Ved Parkash, joined the BJP. Parkash even claimed that around 35 AAP legislators may desert the AAP. Parkash also said he was “disillusioned” with the functioning of Kejriwal’s party, even as he had joined it hoping for a change.

On Thursday, Seema Kaushik, vice-president, of AAP women’s wing, joined the Congress. Justifying her decision, Kaushik alleged that committed AAP members were suffering due to corruption by top leaders of the party. On the same day, another AAP MLA from Janakpuri, Rajesh Rishi, surprised many by indirectly taking a dig on AAP through a tweet. “Majhdhaar mein naiyya dole toh manjhi paar lagaye, Manjhi jo nao duboye usey kaun bachaye (If the boat rocks midstream, the rafter takes it ashore. If the rafter sinks the boat who can save it).”

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Explaining why he was dissenting against AAP, Rishi told The Indian Express, “The message is self-explanatory. Sometimes, the emperor is surrounded by sycophants but it is for the emperor to view things clearly. Our party is sinking but the MLAs go unheard. No one takes our calls. Kumar Vishwas is the only person in the party who has the gumption to stand up for the truth. I hope my message will be conveyed now.” Rishi later deleted the tweet, saying he was not quitting AAP.

Next in the row of dissents is another AAP MLA , Colonel Devinder Sehrawat who has voiced his rancor openly, alleging the Party for defaming him among his volunteers. While talking to NewsGram, Sehrawat asserted, “Party is making full attempts to malign my image in front of people. They want me to look bad just because I’m raising my voice against rising tyranny in the party. All of the power has been centralized in the hands of Kejriwal and his few sycophants who want boss around with Kripa of Kejriwal.”

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This is not the first time when voices against AAP leadership have emerged from within the party. But this time, the timing of dissent is really critical. AAP’s performance in recently concluded Punjab and Goa Assembly elections wasn’t up to the mark. The party did manage to save face in Punjab by winning 20 seats out of 117. Before the polls, the party was apparently overconfident of winning Punjab.
With allegations after allegation on the party for corruption, ticket distribution on the behest of financial favors, malfunctions in internal working, immorality, and poor governance have burst the bubble it created on the minds of people. They are coming to terms with the reality of AAP and if the party wants to save its face, then Kejriwal should correct AAP affairs before more trouble hits the party.

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The upcoming MCD elections on April 23 is going to be critical for the survival of AAP. Additionally, for the party, it will allow them to test their waters for 2019 Loksabha elections.

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The next state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul Gandhi to prove his mettle as a leader

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The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons
The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons
BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.