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.