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West Bengal: Right now voters do not consider AAP as an alternative to TMC and CPM
While media has started discussing Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) ambitions of becoming a national party and Arvind Kejriwal as a strong candidate for Prime Minister's position, the success of the party entirely depends on whether AAP will be able to draw voters attention in those states that are primarily ruled by regional parties.

West Bengal, for instance, is a state which is presently dominated by Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Communist Party of India (Marxist). Before TMC came into picture the fight  was between the Congress and CPM? Will AAP be able to make a dent in such a scenario is a million dollar question?

A party which was nowhere in existence, an year ago, has now become a well known party. The popularity of AAP is spreading like wildfire in many states, but there are some states who see it as a bubble and are adopting 'wait and watch' policy, and West Bengal is one of such states. Moreover, the political parties in West Bengal do not take AAP as a third party in the state.

Mohammed Salim, spokesperson for Communist Party of India (Marxist) says that, “AAP is growing in the areas which are not so political and not so active in the entire period, but Bengal is not like such states, it is a politically sensitive state.”

When asked about forming alliance with AAP, he said, “Till now we have not decided over it, but the party is doing good things, they are using the new technology and we appreciate it.”

Salim also said that AAP is a competitor for BJP and the Congress at the national level, and they have always asked the people to look for something beyond BJP and the Congress, and AAP is in that slot.

Saugata Roy, senior Trinamool Congress leader, also has a similar view on AAP, and was backing his party saying, “As Trinamool government has no charges of corruption and AAP is seen as a party of middle class and upper class baniyas; so as of now, I don't see any impact of AAP in Bengal politics.”

But on the other side Bonita Aleaz, a Political Science at University of Calcutta says that, AAP is attracting young people and students in Bengal, but she feels that, “AAP needs to improve in doing their propaganda, they need to intensify the propaganda.”

When she was asked about accepting AAP as an alternative party over the TMC and CPI(M), she said, “It is very early to say that it will gain votes in West Bengal, as Bengal is basically a leftist state, even parties like BJP could not make their place in Bengal politics.”

However, she has shown some rays of hopes for AAP while saying, “AAP can emerge in Bengal politics, but not now. Bengal people will first watch what is happening in Delhi and then they will decide.”
With respect to AAP the people of Kolkata have adopted 'wait and watch' policy. Shayonti Mandal, a Kolkatan, is attracted towards the efforts Aam Aadmi Party are taking and said, “Arvind Kejriwal is well educated and seems to have fair level of intelligence. But time will say, whether he removes or participates in corruption.”

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