Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP- Is the disruptive startup of the year 2015.After scarcely existing for two years in Indian politics, the Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP- or Aam Aadmi party won by a massively sweeping victory in recent elections. AAP seems to have come out of nowhere, and after a rocky two years is now unsettling Indian politics.
Arvind Kejriwal used to be laughed at by leaders, joked about on television channels and his political ideas and values were dismissed. However, he has now made his way in to the center of politics, forcing the bigger parties to change the way that they work and the way that they think.
The victory of AAP is much like that of a startup company. Like a small, independent business with refreshing ideas overtaking a large, corporate company, the AAP has disturbed the political scene and touched the untouchable. The AAP says about the independence of India that although slavery is abolished, it has been replaced by the oppressive power of the political elite. The party claims that the politics of India rule its people tyrannically, and that the common people of India are unheard and unseen, only being acknowledged when it is desirable to the politicians. The AAP wants to embrace self-governance and community, and make the government directly accountable to the people, not to the even higher elite officials. Arvind Kejriwal says that the political party have entered politics to change the system.
“We are Aam Aadmis. If we find our solution in the left we are happy to borrow it from there. If we find our solution in the right, we are happy to borrow it from there.”
This all began when Arvind Kejriwal realized that the political parties could only use murky politics. The main issues of the people of Delhi were corruption and public safety, and these were not being recognized or addressed. Arvind Kejriwal set up many street meetings, both in his own house and his homes of his volunteers. He also set up offices in his house. The AAP were not ostentatious about their party- were never big rallies or awe-inspiring speeches- they simply talked plainly about the issues that needed fixing, and promised a corruption free state.
Soon after setting up the party, the AAP came close to winning in the Delhi elections of 2013 AAP with an incredible twenty-eight seats. They decided to form a minority government, as they was no overall majority. However, after trying to introduce the Jan Lokpal bill, they realized that they did not have the support of any other major parties. The AAP resigned after being in power for only forty-nine days. The party became the source of all jokes, and did not even gain power in the General Elections of 2014. However, they did not give up. They worked hard to refocus their ambitions and regain their supporters by learning from their mistakes and educating their voters. The AAP reached out overseas for donations, familiarized voters with the policies and strategies of the party and made themselves the reasonable answer for the citizens, who were frustrated with the increase in crime and lack of help from the current government.
Ahead of the Delhi Assembly election on February 7th, 2015, the AAP declared candidates for all 70 seats. The AAP released their manifesto online on the 31st of January 2015, with goals to create free Wi-Fi areas in public places across Delhi, cheaper water and electricity and more colleges. Aam Aadmi Party won 67 of those 70 seats.
The Bhartiya Janta Party has the remaining three, while the Indian National Congress has been reduced to zero. Arvind Kejriwal is now Chief Minister of Delhi with six cabinet ministers. In such a short amount of time, Arvind Kejriwal is about the change the face of Indian politics.