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Evaluation of AAP (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Discrepancy between the promises and performance of AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party was founded on a belief in the possibility of changing the system, working outside of it. But over the last couple of years, the party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal have shown themselves unable to deliver on their promise or rise to their potential.

Clear Evidences to elucidate the above said

1. Selection of incompetent and corrupted candidates.

2. Process of decision-making in the party lacks the philosophy of transparency and accountability in public life, that has been stated its prime motto.

3. In Punjab, the party appears to have lost the political plot with Mr. Kejriwal unwilling to allow an independent regional leadership to emerge.

Lost faith in AAP

1. Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who was sacked as the State convenor over allegations of bribery, has demonstrated that he is no pushover by winning the support of a huge section of the AAP.

2. Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer-turned-politician who quit the BJP recently, chose to float an alternative platform, Awaaz-e-Punjab, rather than join with the AAP.

Delhi – A launchpad

Delhi was only a stepping stone for Mr. Kejriwal, who wants to project himself as an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. From his choice of Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 election — he chose to take on Mr. Modi in Varanasi .it is clear that he fancies himself as a national level leader. Delhi was no more than a launch pad for his political career.

Punjab- AAP’s battlefield for game of power

Punjab, the only State where the AAP performed well in the Lok Sabha election, is the next logical step. Some of its ministers and MLAs have been caught on the wrong side of the law.

The party did defend some of them, alleging that the Centre was using the Delhi Police to target the party and its prominent members. Indeed, this became another issue in the AAP’s battle to bring law and order in the national capital region under the State government’s purview.

Safe move for its sustainability

In the latest controversy involving its Women and Child Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar, the AAP took the high moral ground, and sacked him soon after a video recording of him with a woman in a sexual act was released by a media house. Mr. Kumar was removed from the party. Evidently, here was more to lose than gain from defending Mr. Kumar, who alleged he was targeted as he was a Dalit. Mr. Kejriwal seems to have set his sights high, but Punjab will judge him by what he did in Delhi as well. The AAP needs to recover its purpose as a catalyst for political and social change if it is to grow beyond Delhi.



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