The most intriguing aspect of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s political persona is that he has never spelt out his ideological belief system. Is he an anarchist as some BJP leaders claim? Is he an urban Maoist as some others exaggerated? Is he the B-team of RSS as some Maoists believe? Or is he a bit of all this? One thing is sure, he has neither the anchor nor the baggage of ideology, he just floats towards power.
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The AAP believe that the promise of equality and justice that forms a part of the constitution of India and its preamble has not been fulfilled and that the independence of India has replaced enslavement to an oppressive foreign power with that to a political elite.The party claims that the common people of India remain unheard and unseen except when it suits the politicians to consider them. It wants to reverse the way that the accountability of government operates and has taken an interpretation of the Gandhian concept of swaraj as a tenet. It believes that through swaraj the government will be directly accountable to the people instead of higher officials. The swaraj model lays stress on self governance, community building and decentralisation.
Kejriwal says AAP refuses to be guided by ideologies and that they are entering politics to change the system: “We are aam aadmis. If we find our solution in the left we are happy to borrow it from there. If we find our solution in the right, we are happy to borrow it from there.”
But now, Kejriwal is also playing the politics of religious revivalism which only legitimizes and strengthens BJP in Gujarat. Meanwhile, his attempt to woo the Patidars may also help BJP if he is able to stop their shift towards Congress. Such a shift might have helped Congress win the local bodies in rural Gujarat and would have further strengthened Congress’ prospects in the 2017 polls.
After all, AAP could win just 1.2% votes in Lok Sabha polls whereas Congress, even at its worst moment, had 33.45%. If the Patels, move towards Congress, Gujarat may cease to remain a Hindutva laboratory. Then, it depends on how effective a spoiler AAP turns out to be.