- Most (not all) mainstream leaders' took up politics as alternative career, AAP leaders like Kejriwal gave up promising careers to pursue political activism and fight for civil rights. Few years before India Against Corruption movement, Kejriwal had already been recognized for his role in forcing the government to pass Right to Information Act which has been a game changer. Be it Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan or Yogendra Yadav, for the longest part they have been fighting for the common people but chose to stay away from politics and limelight.
- The AAP originated from Anna Hazare led India Against Corruption and is by all accounts the only political force that seeks to check corruption and eliminate it.
- The Congress faces a national backlash today majorly because of large scale corruption taking place in UPA government's watch. But then, Congress has always been known for kleptomania of its members ;)
- The BJP's initial claim of being clean was rebuffed the very first time they came in power but recent scams have dented its credential irreparably. Karnataka ex-CM's involvement in corruption cases and subsequent defiance had left the BJP red-faced and was forced to kick him out. But the decision to take Yedurappa back into the party has left BJP with a stain it cannot remove in near future.
- Power and empowerment figure prominently in speeches of Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal, but all three of them have their own definitions.
- While Modi's references should be seen as allusions to national power, military as well as economic.
- Rahul Gandhi refers to political power when he talks on empowerment of people in the grass-root level.
- Arvind Kejriwal too talks about power too but of a different kind of power i.e. electricity. AAP manifesto clearly laid down how it sought to cut the tariff. There is really no need for him to talk about political power as every issue AAP has taken up involves empowerment of the collective.
- AAP wants to do away with VIP culture, this is something embedded in Congress' DNA. The Gandhi-Nehru family isn't called the first family of India without any reason. In fact, even the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi is given security and privileges, that even those holding key constitutional posts cannot avail.
- The BJP is founded on elitist doctrine but its latest bid to deify Narendra Modi and spawn a personality cult around him goes much beyond elitism or "VIP culture".
- The Congress is the pioneer of identity politics in free India. It has been guilty of pampering all communal, casteist extremists at one time or the other.
- The BJP is founded on principles of identity politics. It would be pointless to write more on this.
- Apart from corruption, identity politics is the other vice most regional parties are guilty of practicing. Be it SP with its Muslim appeasement (but not empowerment), Shiv Sena, MNS,MIM, BSP and its casteist agenda and splinter groups are all founded on the base of identity politics.
- The agenda of AAP leaves no room for identity or any other divisive plank to stand on. For the first time I have come across post poll analysis in TV and newspapers that don't include demographic factors when attributing the factors that they think led the AAP to success.
- Although the entire political class is guilty of spending state resources on themselves, the Congress stands out for allocating resources to the Gandhi family in a manner befitting the "first family". Apart from that Congress candidates tend to be richer and more affluent in keeping with the feudal structure of the party. It has time and again been accused of spending huge amounts of money during election and even bribing voters.
- The BJP with the business community being its core support base has no lack of funds neither does it shy of spending them during election campaigns but the recent spending on various campaigns including social media campaigns to present Narendra Modi as the savior is lot more than what BJP has spent in the past.
- It is interesting to note that the entire budget of AAP during Delhi elections was around Rs 20 Crore, while amount spent on organizing rally for Modi costs around Rs 20-30 Crores per rally !
However, the Aam Aadmi Party has from the day of its inception, unflinchingly maintained that its objective is to transform the present notion of governance and restructure its institutions. One has to be really living under a rock to not be able to see that the Congress' offer of unconditional support to AAP is but a gambit aimed at nipping the movement in the bud.Just get them to lead the system, if it doesn't corrupt them, the system itself would definitely finish them.
" whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad"
But those who have seen or read on political strategies and tactics in present day India, would probably amend the quote to say
"the party(s) Congress wishes to destroy, it supports them form government first "
Ex-Premiers such as Late Charan Singh, Chandrasekhar, IK Gujral, and others would have affirmed this.
However, the Aam Aadmi Party has already made the difference, it has woken up the mandarins of political power from their slumber but more importantly it has demonstrated to the common people that they can make a difference on the larger political landscape if they exercise their right to vote dutifully, and vote for candidates who truly represent them and not on the basis of religion, caste, ethnicity, false promises, freebies etc. Vote for candidates and parties who really understand the value of trust a common person invests in, while voting for them.