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Internal Feud in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Reasons may be entirely different, but happenings on 27 March, just a day ahead of the turbulent Aam Aadmi Party’s national council meet, showed marked similarity between the sanitation staff of the BJP-ruled Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. While the sanitation staff littered the roads of Delhi with garbage in protest of delayed salary, Kejriwal’s gutter talks against his perceived detractors within the party – the triumvirate of Yogendra Yadav, Professor [...]

Arvind Kejriwal Janata Darbars

Spectacle and Arvind Kejriwal seem inseparable. The Aam Aadmi Party supremo’s second innings as Delhi chief minister, after a huge mandate, is as spectacular as his first one – devoid of any compunction of playing to the gallery. Consider him resuming his Janata Darbars even before he is settled in Delhi! He still lives at his wife’s official accommodation at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and it is here that he is holding his Janata [...]

How Delhi can change under new governance

At least three news items, within a couple of days of the Aam Aadmi Party taking control of Delhi, catch attention: Government water tankers reaching those parched unauthorised localities of the national capital that they had never visited before Early morning cleaning of drains in some other unauthorised colonies, which was a rarity The Delhi cabinet deciding, in its very first sitting on 16 February, to ban demolition in residential areas So hasn’t the new [...]

Will Kejriwal be Able to Deliver as Promised

A historic triumph, a humongous majority and a clear mandate – the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) achieved a near-impossible feat in the 2015 Delhi Assembly election. The muffler man, Arvind Kejriwal took on the Modi-Shah duopoly and brought BJP down to a virtual extinction in the national capital. To live up to the mandate and the trust placed in them by the electorate of Delhi, AAP has to create a bigger history. Delhi, for long, [...]

For many reasons, the upcoming polls are a stark departure from the usual political scenario known to the citizens. There is of course, the apparently irresistible hum of the NaMo mantra, increasingly being chanted across every nook and corner of India. Even more interesting is the gradual but distinct rise of a new man in the Indian political space, who is an outsider in every sense. Beginning his career in the Indian Civil Services before [...]