Srinivasan Ramani has rightly pointed out (“A multi-class urban party”, Jan. 3) that the Aam Aadmi Party can tap the democratic space available in India’s political spectrum along with the help of like-minded parties. With its victory, the AAP has trumped established political parties and caught the nation’s imagination with its promise of revolutionary idealism. The AAP is being seen as an agent of change. It will need to come out with clear thoughts on how it will tackle economic crisis, unemployment, poverty and other socioeconomic issues.

A. Sravani Reddy,

New Delhi

It is a matter of great hope and pride that Delhi is getting a stable government led by avowed champions of the common man. That the AAP garnered the required support in its confidence motion shows it has compelled traditional parties to bend before the mandate of the people. In my opinion, the people’s approbation was aimed neither at the AAP nor the Congress; it was an affirmation of a new brand of politics that is receptive to new ideas, conscious of the common man’s issues and sensitive to the cause of the marginalised.

Ankur Sharma,

Chandausi, Uttar Pradesh

Even before the trust motion was put to vote, the conclusion was foregone. Having committed its support to the AAP, the Congress just could not have gone against the tide of public opinion, which is now strongly in favour of the AAP. In retrospect, one is amused at the way the Bharatiya Janata Party tried to throw down the gauntlet before Arvind Kejriwal, thinking he wouldn’t dare to take Congress support and thus invite criticism for forcing a re-poll. As it turned out, Mr. Kejriwal called the BJP’s bluff and simply went in for a public referendum. The kind of political dexterity and acrobatics Mr. Kejriwal is exhibiting indicates that he may well be able to fulfil his 17-point manifesto. I wish him and his Cabinet godspeed in the New Year.

Shahabuddin Nadeem,


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