Founding member and ousted leaders of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) finally announced formation of the political party, Swaraj India Party on Gandhi Jayanti. Coming as a major bolt to AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, formation of new party would cause serious threat to the party not just in Punjab but in other areas as well.
Swaraj India Party may not contest forthcoming assembly elections in Punjab but the formation of the party would have serious implication on the chances of AAP. The unceremonious manner in which the founding members and backbone of AAP – Yogender Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were expelled from the party, caused ripples in within the Punjab unit of AAP party.
Party MP, Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi from Patiala and Harinder Singh Khalsa from Fatehgarh Sahib publicly protested against party high command’s decision standing by Yadaav and Bhushan. They had even extended their support to Swaraj India and announced that they would go with breakaway group.
Now, since Dr. Gandhi has already separate, it would perhaps make sense for him to join hands with Swaraj India. If we look at the crucial elections in border state, then AAP became buoyant after the general elections in 2014. AAP had gone all out in general elections contesting as many as 432 seats – highest by any party. Where the party faced major drubbing across the country, Punjab was the only saving grace for giving the party four parliamentary berths.
Ever since then AAP has been dreaming of ruling Punjab but with party fold in state going astray all their hopes have run into hot water.
If we look at the credentials of the new party Yadav is a psephologist and political analyst; and Bhushan is a senior advocate and activist. Bhushan was a part of AAP’s core committee. He was also a member of the Joint Drafting Committee of the Jan Lokpal Bill, representing anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s India Against Corruption (IAC).
Before Kejriwal came into limelight, it was moment led by numerous leaders like Yadav and Bhushan, which draw attention by countless volunteers and supporters who join in. Now, be it ego clash or one man’s hunger for power, all charismatic leaders from AAP are getting evicted one after another.