The Aam Aadmi Party was born out of the movement led by Anna Hazare against corruption and dishonesty. Initially, many big faces associated with the movement, like Kumar Vishwas, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, etc. were associated with the Aam Aadmi Party, but with the formation of the government in Delhi, all the big faces started leaving the party one after the other. Why? Obviously, nothing came out, but everyone gave almost the same reason, which is not to be heard inside the party.
For the past eight years, the Aam Aadmi Party has been actively engaged in politics and has led the Delhi government. In the last assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party got a chance to form the government in Punjab. Let us take a look at some of the characteristics of the Aam Aadmi Party.
1. Political Ideology: Soft Hindutva or Anti-Muslim?
What is the ideology of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party? Remains a big question till now. The Aam Aadmi Party is seen standing with the BJP on many big issues and against the BJP on many other issues. Kejriwal’s party stands with the BJP on the issue of removing Article 370 from Kashmir. The Aam Aadmi Party’s stand on the atrocities in Kashmir is unclear as well. The Aam Aadmi Party’s stance in last year’s Delhi riots was similarly confusing, and they were mainly seen speaking against the BJP.
Despite the recent religious conflict in Jahangirpuri and the subsequent demolition of houses and shops, all of Kejriwal’s leaders began referring to Jahangirpuri’s Muslims as Rohingya and Bangladeshis. Whereas no party has any difficulty obtaining these Muslims’ votes during elections. Delhi and the country have seen an increase in religious strife and violence against Muslims for some time now, but neither Kejriwal himself nor the leaders or workers are seen standing with Muslims or Dalits anywhere on the road.
When children were beaten up after entering the library of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Kejriwal and his party could not be seen. The Aam Aadmi Party also kept its distance from the Shaheen Bagh Protest. Even when there were riots in Delhi, Kejriwal’s party was nowhere to be seen on the ground. Excuse, same old, not having authority over Delhi Police. Apart from this, Kejriwal and his other leaders have been seen shunning Muslims and Dalits in the name of soft Hindutva.
So many doubts have been raised about Kejriwal’s party’s ideology that he himself had to tweet about it. In the past, Kejriwal has stated that his party’s ideology includes rabid patriotism. Only Kejriwal Ji knows what bigotry has to do with a pure feeling like patriotism. Even during the recent Punjab elections, the Aam Aadmi Party, under the leadership of Kejriwal and Raghav Chadha, was seen spreading hatred among Punjabi Hindus and Sikhs, accusing Congress of atrocities against Hindus.
2. One Man Party: Arvind Kejriwal is Aam Aadmi Party
In 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party got a big victory in the Delhi elections. Since then, the big leaders of the party started getting leave. Leaders like Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, Alka Lamba, etc. either left the party themselves or were expelled from it. All the allegations are almost the same: the party has deviated from its values and no one in the party is listened to.
Actually, Kejriwal is the only one in the Aam Aadmi Party. Apart from Kejriwal, there is no number two leader. Manish Sisodia was considered number 2 for some time but was not given any active lead role in the Punjab elections. Kept on the side. A glimpse of this was also seen after the Punjab elections when Arvind Kejriwal took a meeting of the top officials of Punjab in the absence of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, which shows that the Aam Aadmi Party is a one-man party. As important as democracy is in the politics of the country, it is equally important to have democracy in political parties, so that no leader can become autocratic.
3. Political use of police: against those who spoke
With the Aam Aadmi Party winning Punjab, the Punjab Police came under his jurisdiction. Now Kejriwal has started showing his true dictatorial colors and proved that when he comes to power, he is also like any other political party, in fact, with a fourfold rate. Punjab Police took action against Delhi BJP leaders Tejinder Pal Bagga and Pravesh Singh Sahib.
Not only this, Kejriwal sent the police to Kumar Vishwas’s house on Wednesday in connection with the remarks made by Kumar Vishwas during the election. The same has been done with his old friend, Alka Lamba. Moreover, from Kejriwal’s supporters to party workers, they can all be seen threatening police action on social media.
In such an environment, severe doubts arise about the Aam Aadmi Party’s ability to replace the Congress in future elections, as has happened in Delhi and Punjab. Congress is speaking on Twitter, Facebook, and in its AC rooms, but it is speaking on behalf of Muslims. What happens to the country’s minorities if the Aam Aadmi Party succeeds in Congress is a big question.
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