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Should AAP rethink on it's national ambition?
It’s less than 20 days since Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken charge of Delhi government. Thus it would be highly unfair to judge the performance of Arvind Kejriwal government. However in the mean time AAP has decided to go national and launched the membership drive through various modes targeting one crore members by 26th January.

Media has also got excited and even projected Aam Aadmi Party's emergence in national polity with strong wave. Even Arvind Kejriwal commented that the general election 2014 will be AAP versus BJP.

In the mean time some events occurred which needs to be viewed in national prospective. I am not inclined to comment anything on Delhi governance at the moment. My opinion is just on AAP’s national ambition. Let’s take a look at the following events.

1) Prashant Bhusan created controversy on referendum issue in Kashmir as well as in Maoist affected areas. Kejriwal cleared that it’s Bhusan’s personal opinion and AAP doesn’t subscribe it.

2) Controversy is surrounding Kumar Vishwas continuously. FIR is lodged against him for hurting minority feeling. Mallika Sarabhai, AAP member from Ahmadabad questioned Vishwas’s integrity and Vishwas rebuffed Sarabhai asking who she is.

3) Tina Shrama, an AAP member questions AAP's decision to go national. Her simple point is before fulfilling 2013 promises how can 2014 manifesto be written?

4) Captain Gopinath, who joined AAP had been hyped a lot, is questioning AAP’s economic policy particularly on its decision to not allow FDI in retail.

5) Somanath Bharati’s weak and ridiculous defense on written court observation and rejecting demand for resignation like any other traditional parties.

6) Yogendra Yadav saying that ‘Khap panchayats’ are not so bad indirectly eying vote bank of Jats.

7) Manish Sishodia’s statement that ‘AAP is never anti-Congress rather was and is anti BJP’

8) Binni’s revolt inside party and going ahead accusing the party chief Kejriwal.

9) Even Kejriwal’s own conduct too raises many questions. How can he hold court's observation wrong while defending his minister. How and why famous poet Ashok Chakradhar is replaced by Kumar Vishwas as vice chairman of Hindi Academy.

Now he says Binni was asking for ministership and then Lok Sabha seat. Why then in initial revolt attempt of Binni, Kejriwal had said in front of the media that Binni didn’t demand minister's post? That time he lied or this time he is telling lie.

10) The policy of no ticket to seating MLAs is alright. But in case AAP comes to power and Kejriwal is selected as PM, will this policy be applicable to Kejriwal? Or Kejriwal would be immune to all the laws and policies!

Well, in many of the above, there might be some serious and genuine issues and reasons for which Kejriwal may not be responsible. But here the point is of public perception. The present goodwill of media and public is based on a positive perception how they see Kejriwal and the party AAP.

The above observations simply started shattering public perception and AAP is considered as a party of crowd with divided opinions. Chetan Bhagat who really liked the party indicated in his tweet that AAP is losing support in social media.

Within 20 days of Governance and in a week of declaration of national ambition, such dent occurred to public observation. When people with very different opinions on different issues (except unanimous on corruption) join the party and disagreement started growing as time passes, how Kejriwal would control it?

Will it not be a big failure if such things continue? If failed will it not be very unfortunate that public dream of better democracy being shattered because of over ambitiousness? Some are rightly remarking that when a student topped in seventh class board examination with record marks, you can’t put him directly on matriculation examination hiring many teachers and skipping all subsequent classes of seventh board.

That’s why I always suggest that AAP should focus on Delhi governance, grow their presence in some states like Haryana, Punjab, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh and other state polity slowly but strongly consolidating their ideology. You can’t ride on media hype to get public approval. Media is kind enough to give you much space but the same media can destroy you if it gets such perceptional lapses.

Many really like AAP, but they are skeptical on AAP’s over ambitious national plan. Will AAP introspect on this and withdraw itself from National polity for the time being at least up to next general elections (Year 2019)? Nothing is achieved overnight. It always require some consolidation time. Untimely ventures are always very damaging!

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