Nothing can be truer than the argument that “… too many exposés too often can induce fatigue” (“Aam Aadmi reborn,” Nov. 28). Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party needs to address a lot of other problems. He should build a strong cadre before taking his policies to the masses.
That said, running a political party and maintaining a vibrant cadre are difficult, especially in the national scenario. Uma Bharti’s Bharatiya Janshakti Party and the Praja Rajyam Party in Andhra Pradesh are examples of parties which could not sustain themselves.
The argument that Mr. Kejriwal can appropriate the core identity of the Grand Old Party by just naming his party after the aam aadmi is a bit far-fetched. It is like saying that Coke, which has built its brand identity over the years around the central theme of “happiness,” can be displaced overnight by a start-up which calls itself the Happiness Company.
Mr. Kejriwal’s string of exposés may have some appeal among the middle classes but the common man is not impressed. Internet users are in a minority and a good chunk of social network crusaders may not even have a Voter ID. The common man is still concerned about roti, kapda aur makaan and the Aam Aadmi Party has a long way to go on this front.
The AAP should evolve into a political force with well defined policies and programmes. However, the sheer logistics of organising a nationwide campaign for the Lok Sabha polls is mind boggling. Huge funds will be needed for the purpose. In the 2014 polls, Mr. Kejriwal should field candidates in cities where the youth may be expected to rally round him. The outcome will help guide his future course of action.
No party today has a single-point agenda. The AAP wants to eradicate corruption, which no other party is interested in doing. It is clear from the overwhelming support the party has received that people are getting ready to fight corruption. The AAP, therefore, has brought a ray of hope for the public.
It is easy to launch a political party with a pro-people agenda. It has become common for the opposition to make the system responsible and criticise it for all the problems. But it should not be forgotten that it is difficult to solve all of them when you are in power. No new party can expect to be swept to power unless it addresses the problems of India and creates a genuine platform for the aam aadmi.