Great ex­pec­ta­tions

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Su­man Irani Mum­bai, In­dia

The emer­gence of the Aam Aadmi Party in In­dia is touted as the first sign of a revo­lu­tion that is wait­ing just around the cor­ner. Tall claims are be­ing made about the won­ders this party is go­ing to do in the up­com­ing elec­tions and how it can give tough com­pe­ti­tion to the long-es­tab­lished par­ties that have been in pol­i­tics for decades. One can­not ig­nore the sur­pris­ing en­try of the AAP into pol­i­tics when it beat the two gi­ants – the BJP and the Congress – in the Delhi state elec­tions. But it would be quite naïve to as­sume that the AAP can give a re­peat per­for­mance in the Lok Sabha elec­tions.

The AAP owes much of its pop­u­lar­ity to the me­dia, es­pe­cially the so­cial me­dia. Its sup­port base is in ur­ban cen­ters. The one as­pect that dis­tin­guishes the AAP from its ri­val par­ties is its clean rep­u­ta­tion. There have been al­le­ga­tions and ru­mors of cor­rup­tion but no one has been able to prove any charges against AAP lead­ers. The party has yet to get its hands dirty run­ning the govern­ment’s af­fairs. If it suc­ceeds in keep­ing its in­tegrity in­tact, it may at­tract votes

from a wider seg­ment of so­ci­ety. Till then, it should fight the bat­tle but keep its ex­pec­ta­tions low.

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