Anna Hazare led India Against Corruption took the nation into storm and one person who gained the most out of it, was Arvind Kejriwal. The background of the main stage on which Anna sat, surrounded by his now redundant team, had entire country crying for help. Subsequently, we witnessed the rise of Arvind Kejriwal and his political outfit the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was born was against the wish of Anna who didn’t want to give the movement a political colours. Arvind Kejriwal formed the government in Delhi and hoping to overpower India, he deserted Delhi within 49 days.
In the 2014 general elections, the Congress was demolished, and the AAP’s initial gush was blocked following Arvind Kejriwals’s Delhi theatrics. Then came the Delhi elections in 2015. Congress was virtually on the verge of extinction and AAP gained it most of it
And Arvind Kejriwal thought it was “Paanch saal Kejriwal” that worked. The Delhi conquest got to his head and anyone who questioned him was shown the door of the party. Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were the first casualty of his ego and dictatorship style functioning. Founding members of AAP, Bhushan and Yadav were thrown out of the party for what was termed as indulging in anti party activities.
Even in Punjab, AAP’s journey so far has been comprised of ups and downs, more of downs it seems. When the rookie party got the drubbing across the nation in the general elections -2014, Punjab was the only saving grace for giving the party four parliamentary berths.
But immediately after the general elections, fissures starting appearing in the Punjab unit of the party. Two of the party MPs Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi from Patiala and Harinder Singh Khalsa from Fatehgarh Sahib were suspended from the party. Apprently now Dr.Gandhi has floated his own party. On the other party convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur was ousted from the party in unceremonious manner.
Chhotepur is now all set to take on Kejriwal. He has formed his political party and he will soon announcing his first list of candidates.
Kejriwal now wants to become the Punjab CM by entering through the back door. Desperate to make a mark in the first ever assembly elections in the birder state, Kejriwal and his party are now all going all out. AAP is not even shying away from siding with Sikh extremist to gain political points.
This can be perilous in a border state. In the days to come, Punjab needs to be cautious of Arvind Kejriwal and his malafide intention.