For AAP, they are facing challenges from within, which is obvious as it was also seen as opportunity by so many opportunists. The opportunists from AAP have started leaving – Shazia Ilmi, Captain Gopinath have resigned. There would be many in the line to leave. Among those who left also include an independent MP, who took U- turn to support Modi just before the Lok Sabha elections. It is simple they were never in consonance with AAP’s ideology or perceived AAP detrimental to their political ambitions.
AAP also has a well defined objective and ideology, like other parties have, which was well known to people and prominent people who supported it once. But for an ideology, whether good or bad, people’s acceptance counts. People accept any ideology when they think it’s beneficial to them. For example, as per ADR (Association of Democratic Reforms) report, every third MP elected in this election is facing criminal charges against him. He is elected because people want him to be there in Parliament despite his criminal record.
But that is not drama, that’s a democracy. If we start with basic pillar of AAP – that is anti-corruption movement, we will clearly see that people are divided into sections – beneficiary of corruption and victims of corruption. The biggest contribution of AAP is that it has broken the myth that only goons and muscle power can contest in elections and win the votes of people. Party has educated people to question, and that too to that magical extent that people are questioning AAP. What better can be there for democracy than this?
Media are seeing the arrest of Kejriwal as stunt, as drama, but they are not seeing that “yeah, here is someone who is challenging the rotten system, rotten laws, and rotten judiciary. As per law, if a person is courting arrest, refuses to accept bail and if law says he needs to be arrested. You arrest him, try him as criminal. Just because Kejriwal is doing it, you cannot call it drama. If media terms it as publicity stunt, then the media is responsible to give this stunt publicity.
AAP knows that the movement will be looked down upon by many, but it has to go on and on, and if people will want it, it will also be given space.