Arvind Kejriwal does a Raj Narain

G.S. Vijay Kumar By G.S. Vijay Kumar, 15th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In the recently held Assembly Elections in India, , a nascent party born out of Anna Hazare’s anti corruption movement seems to have established its presence in the Indian political scene. The Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP ) managed to win 28 seats in the 70 member Delhi state Assembly and defeated the mighty Sheila Dikshit, the incumbent Cheif Minister of Delhi.

Arvind Kejriwal does a Raj Narain

Arvind Kejriwal, the President and the man instrumental behind the birth of Aam Aadmi Party, AAP, has exactly done what Raj Narain of the then Janata Party did to Indira Gandhi in the year 1977. This is a repeat of the post emergency 1977 elections. In the process, Arvind Kejriwal has emerged as the Giant Killer in this round of elections. He has single handedly demolished the Congress party in Delhi. It is a fatal blow to the age old Congress party. It is an historic verdict by any standards of imagination. More importantly, for the first time, AAP has proved that clean, transparent and honest politics can play a big role in Indian politics. It gives hope for a new brand of politics, an ethical and honest politics in India.
Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP has done exceedingly well in Delhi and without a doubt has created a storm in the metropolitan city of Delhi, hither to unheard of in independent India. A party born a year ago is going to play a very important role in the Delhi Assembly thereby bringing the current ruling Congress Party to the third position behind the Bhartiya Janata Party and the AAP. The BJP plus has secured 32 seats ( 31 seats to BJP and 1 seat to Akali Dal ) followed by AAP with 28 seats and the Congress party a distant third with 8 seats in the 70 member Delhi Assembly.
Besides, what is astonishing is the fact that Congress’s Sheila Dikshit, the incumbent Chief Minister of Delhi has lost her New Delhi Assembly seat to the new comer Arvind Kejriwal of AAP and that too by a margin of 22000 plus votes. If this is not historic, what is? This appears to be a repeat of the post emergency 1977 parliamentary elections when the tall and mighty Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi lost her traditional Rai Bareli seat to her opponent Raj Narian of the Janata Party.
Whilst it is true that Sheila Dikshit was running for the 4th term having ruled Delhi for a record fifteen years, her government’s loss can be attributed, to a large extent, to the federal government’s non-performance in addition to severe anti incumbency. The central government’s pathetic performance including corruption in high offices amounting to several thousands of crores, astronomical price rise hitting the common man, complete policy paralysis, unemployment as well as safety of women were some of the major issues which influenced the Delhi assembly results.
If Mrs Indira Gandhi was the all powerful leader then to lose her seat to Raj Narain in Rae Bareily, Sheila Dikshit is in no way inferior in the current context to lose her seat to a new born Arvind Kejriwal in the New Delhi assembly seat.
The Aam Aadmi Party has emerged as a mighty force in the Delhi assembly elections and in all probability, likely to gain ground further in the days to come. Perhaps, for the first time, a nascent party born out of Anna Hazare’s anti corruption movement seems to have established its presence in the Indian political scene. Many of the winners of the AAP are common people or the aam aadmi in the strictest sense. They have defeated some of the giants of the Congress party in Delhi and therefore are the real heroes of Elections 2013.
Another interesting phenomenon that seems to emerge in the Indian political scene is the entry of common people or the real aam aadmi who do not consider politics as a career or a way of making money. They don’t seem to be power hungry people. Their intention appears to be to give a clean, honest and a transparent administration to the people of this country. This appears to be the new Game Changer in Indian politics.

G S Vijay Kumar is a senior corporate executive and a columnist.


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I am a management graduate and have worked as a senior executive for 25 years in the corporate sector.I am a columnist and write on management, Economics and socio-economic topics.

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author avatar sukkran
4th Mar 2014 (#)

an interesting read. thanks for sharing your view on indian politics.

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author avatar G.S. Vijay Kumar
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for your feedback. Sorry & regret for the delayed response.

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