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Dissent within AAP: What's new in it? Nothing, as it happens everywhere!
Last week too much media space was given to the intra-party dissent in the three year old political outfit, AAP that captured power in Delhi by getting historic mandate of 67 out of total 70 seats. Soon after the formation of the AAP government in Delhi reports of internal rifts within the party surfaced, which later got confirmed also.

The dissents were there even before the elections. It only came out in open when some founding senior members pressed for democratisation of the party with the installation of greater transparency.

News sources were dead sure that both Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhusan would be shown exit door from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) as Arvind Kejriwal, the face of the party has already increased his stature within Aam Aadmi Party to an untouchable height.

In social media although AAP-fans were screaming for unity, but the decision was made already. However when Arvind Kejriwal re-submitted his resignation as convener of the party, I thought that Kejriwal did a mature act to save the party's unity. But alas, this turned out to be another drama! 

Kejriwal's resignation was disapproved in the PAC and both Yadav and Bhusan were shunted out. I really thought that time that Kejriwal and his coterie must be criticized for these acts. But again, is it new for a political party? It's not. 

Resignation drama is played in all parties. Similarly, meetings takes place within the parties to give legitimacy to a decision already taken by the dominating members. 

Is Kejriwal shunting out founding members of the party with the support from new entrants? Does he want to strongly establish himself as party's chief without any challenge? I think yes, he is doing it for own security and there's nothing wrong in it. Politicians try to make their career secure and get rid of potential challengers. It happens in every party, then why to single out Kejriwal and his party for criticism. How the AAP's episode of internal rift is different from other Indian political outfits? 

I would say there is no difference. We must concede that the system and politics in India is very strong. Since many years many tyrants entered into politics and system to bring changes. All looked promising. But after their entry into politics, politics has them! Politics finally changes whoever enters into the system.

Just go back to 2010. Search Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and all those Anna followers. They were definitely different people, very promising, simple, dedicated and united. Now compare present Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and other members of former Anna team. You would be surprised to find that the present politicians (Kejriwal, Bedi, Sisodia. Yogendra Yadav, Bhushan etc) would be very different from what they were three years back!

Rather you will find that these politicians who took birth out of Anna's revolution are no different from any other political party! That's why I say politics have all of them! None can change the politics; rather politics paint all politicians (irrespective from source of entry) into one color.

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