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Delhi's political hotchpotch: The stunning AAP and the 2014 Lok Sabha polls
'First they ignore you, then they laugh at you and then you win'. In the present political scenario this phrase syncs very much with one political party which has stunned everyone with its spectacular performance in the recently concluded Delhi assembly elections.

The Aam Aadmi Party formed on 26th November 2012 by people from apolitical background and with least knowledge of electoral politics, made things happened. One man who must be given the utmost credits for AAP's success is Arvind Kejriwal, who has shouldered the responsibility to shape a new and unique political alternative despite variosu challenges.

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With the sun set of 7th December 2013, the people of India, predominantly that of Delhi perhaps expected one of the two contingencies, either history repeats or a new page adds to history books. Right from the day, Arvind announced to step into active politics and contest elections, perhaps the entire nation including his counterparts were desperately waiting for the results. This was evident from the fact that news channels, newspapers, surveys and politicians were pondering over speculation about the future of this party, criticizing it both positively and negatively.

However, as the sparkling sunrays of 8th December fell over the capital, that is the day of results, every answer was unveiled. AAP managed to win 28 seats, stunning everyone. The party that emerged to win the highest seats was BJP winning from 31 constituencies. The shocking aspect of this was that the Congress party that ruled for 15 long years was nowhere in the frame managing only eight seats with three times Delhi CM Shiela Dikshit losing her seat to the infant of politics Arvind Kejriwal.

Amidst all the celebrations and hullabaloos, let’s put some light on Delhi's political hotchpotch. Even after such drastic change in the capital’s politics, introspecting the present political scenario, hung assembly in Delhi seems very much evident. As, AAP has already made it clear that the party is ready to sit in the opposition, but whatsoever it be, under any circumstances it would neither take nor give support to other parties. On the other hand BJP has 31 seats which is far behind the absolute majority of 36. Even if the others tally of a total three that includes, one of Akali Dal, one JD (U) and an independent seat from Mundka, join hands with BJP, the number will reach only to 34.

Now, there’s a fair chance of a re-election few months later and meanwhile a President’s rule in the capital is expected. Now the million dollar question is who will lead the government after the re-election? Looking into facts and phenomenon it seems that the ball is in AAP’s court. Merely three days after the elections a total of one lakh new members have joined AAP.

Meanwhile the BJP has already flaunted their fear of not retaining the won seats and therefore do not want to risk a re-poll. “We won seats by a very narrow margin. There is no guarantee that we will be able to retain those seats in case of a re-election. So having another poll is not practical,” said a BJP MLA, in an interview to Hindustan times, on the condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile AAP is already prepared for a re-elections and has welcomed anything of that sort whole heartedly and perhaps; this is what makes AAP's stand separate and tall from the casket of other political parties. And as Kejriwal said while unveiling his political alternative that AAP is not a power oriented party, but a people oriented one. And thus he walks his talk, by refraining from the hunger to form a government or be the CM himself.

One clear indication that the Delhi election has roared is that, people are perhaps fed up of the old parties taking their turns to rule the nation and gut it. India is looking for something new and immaculate that rises above the common notion of politics and delivers. The scenario of Delhi stipulates that AAP is well acquainted with the country’s demand. And why not it be, the people have already given chance to the old existing parties and are aware of the consequences, so it would perhaps be a wise decision on allowing a new entrant in politics to shoulder the country’s responsibility.

The big event that is knocking at the door is the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, which might see something new and unprecedented things happening. It will be worthwhile to mention that after the satisfactory results of Delhi, the AAP is gearing up for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls as well. As per media reports AAP has units in 22 States and 309 districts.

Putting some light on the Modi factor, though during the election it was at hype and the Gujarat Chief minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate’s rallies in Delhi saw tsunamis of people; however as per predictions it couldn’t do much, since the party at Delhi failed to form the absolute majority.To fish out what makes AAP different from others, is primarily its volunteers. While other party terms its members as workers, the AAP calls them volunteers. Amidst all odds, they have been working for the party’s welfare with heart and soul, staking personal and professional lives. Another factor that distinguishes the party from others is its unique way of campaigning. At a time when the established political parties of the country are simply scratching the surface, AAP reaches and starts building its stature from the grass root level. Be it the slums of Delhi, working with the auto rickshaw drivers or the party supremo Arvind himself travelling in the metros to reach out to the common man.

From attempts to tarnish their image through sting operations, branding them as vote cutters to terming the party as a one who would simply win 5-6 seats. But AAP has risen above all challenges and stood tall. As Arvind himself says, “No dream is too big; all it needs is belief and conviction”. Things happen when we make them happen. Impossible is nothing.

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