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15 January 2014, 08:58

Aam Aadmi Party : the third whale in Indian politics

Aam Aadmi Party : the third whale in  Indian politics

As the parliamentary elections approach in India, the debate about whether the Aam Aadmi party (party of the common man) can shake the foundations of Indian politics and become a third force is becoming hotter. Ample food for discussion is provided by the Aam Aadmi party itself headed by Arvind Kejrival, until recently an unknown revenue officer. "The party of the common man" whose name (Aam Aadmi party) itself is chosen to attract the vast masses of India, never ceases to amaze.

When at the end of last year Aam Aadmi won 27 seats, three times more than the ruling Congress, in the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi, its success was perceived as a sensation. At first, many people did not believe in the news that the highly experienced Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit had lost to Arvind Kejrival in her constituency.

However, in the wake of widespread dissatisfaction with the situation in the country, the popularity of Aam Aadmi party is spreading from rally to rally like wildfire. Party leaders hope to enrol 10 million members in the ranks of the "Party of the common man" by January 26 and this no longer looks like a Utopian promise. There are still more than three months to go before the parliamentary elections, during which the Aam Aadmi party will undoubtedly expand its support base.

Thus, it looks likely that on the results of this year's parliamentary election Aam Aadmi party will at least form an influential faction in the new parliament. Its expected success will be the starting point for a change in Indian politics . What is the phenomenon of the "Party of the common man"? - asks our commentator Sergey Tomin .

At the outset, Aam Aadmi party has chosen a nonlosing strategy that will allow it to announce itself loud and clear, and become a powerful engine of its election campaign. The need to fight corruption is stressed today in one voice by the representatives of all three major forces competing for parliamentary seats. However, when the Congress leaders campaign against corruption, it only provokes a bitter smile among voters: where have you been in recent years, when the Congress was in power? There is no special trust either in promises sounding from the BJP camp to end corruption, . After all, this opposition party has also ruled in India, and more than once. But the level of corruption remained high during those times also. The promises of the leaders of "the party of the common man" produce a completely different effect. After all, this party has never been in power, and therefore has not squandered the trust of voters.

In fact, the rise of the Aam Aadmi party is explained not only by a successful choice of their slogan . From election to election, fatigue has accumulated in India from the traditional dynastic politics, from politicians turning into a new higher caste, divorced from the masses. There is a growing demand for a political alternative to the two traditional camps that have not kept pace with the changes occurring in the country.

Emergence of a third force on the stage is quite likely to breathe new life into the Indian politics and to renew the voters’ faith in the democratically elected institutions of government.

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