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The recent assembly elections in the Indian capital of Delhi marked the beginning of fair politics with the spectacular triumph of the new political party called the Aam Aadmi Party or the “Party of the Common Man” under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal.
The magnificent victory of this newly established party in their first political contest is mainly based on the anthem of anti-corruption, proper distribution of utility services in Delhi, and their promises to continue the fight against widespread corruption in the country.
Arvind Kejriwal, now the Chief Minister of Delhi, was born in the state of Haryana and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and worked for the Indian Revenue Service as a Joint Commissioner, winning the Ramon Magsaysay award in 2006.
According to The Times of India, “Corruption in India has reached an all-time high with rates being exactly double of global prevalence.” Furthermore, according to the same report, “political parties have been found to be the most corrupt institutions in India with a corruption rates as high as 4.4 on a scale of 5.”
Under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, the Aam Aadmi Party identified a need and expressed its commitment towards eradicating existing failures in the administrative set-up, dealing with the lack of reasoning and accountability in the system, and the inadvertent attitude of existing parties in India.
The victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demonstrates perfect synchronization of society’s preferences and the agenda of a political party which remains a key aspect of democracy and its proper functioning. However, it remains to be seen how well people in India finds themselves associated with the philosophy of this new party, because Indian politics have for a long time been dominated by Congress.
AAP wiped out the ruling Congress Party and the highly hopefuls of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from reaching the majority required to form the government in the elections. However, even the AAP wasn’t able to gain majority of seats required to form government.
Ultimately AAP had support from the Congress Party to reach majority of seats in government. Corruption, inflation and a series of scandals that have hit the country during the last few years have emerged as the nucleus of all political manifestos in India.
According to International Business Times Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal, in his first speech, said “we have shown that one can contest and win elections honestly. This is a miracle we achieved, I want to thank god. Anna ji used to say politics is dirty but I told him that we have to step in that muck to change it. We should turn arrogant; we rose to break the arrogance of parties, tomorrow there should not be another party to break our arrogance.”
Kejriwal’s success is a symbol of his unshaken spirit and honesty coupled with the increased awareness in society towards corruption and other disorders existing in the system.
Image credit: Aam Aadmi Party via Facebook