The rift within the party members is not a new thing in politics and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is obviously a political party. So, it is obvious that rift is happening among leaders for taking control of the party. Power brings great responsibilities. After all Arvind Kejriwal is pursuing his duty as the Chief Minister of Delhi. Every other member also is eyeing a major role in the party. People join political party with some or the other intention, either for self-promotion or due to selfishness.
Unlike public view, especially perception of many young people, AAP was formed for fulfilling the personal ambition of Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia. Before Jan Lokpal movement, Anna Hazare, Medha Patekar, Yogendra Yadav, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Kiran Bedi etc. all of them had some sort of national recognition. Anna Hazare was known as Anti-Corruption crusader. Medha Patkar was having a credential of Slum Rehabilitation Movement in Mumbai and Narmada Bachao Andolan, whereas Yogendra Yadav was known for his pointed psephologistic analysis of election results at the time of elections. Shanti Bhushan is former Law Minister of India whereas his son Prashant Bhushan is noted Supreme Court lawyer. I bet for Kiran Bedi that if anybody doesn’t recognize her in this country.
However, very few people in the nation knew who was Arvind Kejriwal before Anti-Corruption movement in 2011. After RTI act nothing was left for Arvind Kejriwal to work with, even after getting a famous award his popularity was limited.
Inspite of Anna’s disapproval, Kejriwal and Sisodia formed the AAP party with the help of Shazia Ilmi and Kumar Vishwas. With good response received from Anna’s Movement Delhites wanted these civil society activists should form a political party. Shazia Ilmi and Manish Sisodia have journalism background which enabled them to easily interact with masses during the formation of the party.
Even though the Jan Lokpal Bill was merely introduced in Parliament, smart Arvind Kejriwal was intelligent enough like any other IITian to understand ground realities. Huge unimaginable success of Anna movement made Kejriwal realise that Jan Lokpal would not give him that much success what Anna movement could have given him. Arvind Kejriwal realized he had limited growth in NGOs/Jan Lokpal. He then took this opportunity for his fulfilling his personal ambition to become a national leader. Kejriwal was sure if AAP would not materialize in long run, he would easily find a place in other party (just like Shazia Ilmi). His 49 days walkout from the government was also a well planned act with an intention to garner larger role in Indian politics.
Kejriwal had also tested how media could influence general people, especially young people, during Anna movement. This was crucial for him to strategise the formation of AAP. Kejriwal is well aware that most of the TV channels could be well exploited through former colleagues of Shazia Ilmi, Manish Sisodia (an ex-journalit). He encouraged journalists. Ashutosh, a former TV journalist, wrote a book on Kejriwal and was immediately rewarded a highest post in AAP (member of PAC within 5 days after joining AAP) and with a ticket in Delhi Lok Sabha. Before quitting his job, Ashutosh was Managing Editor of Hindi News Channel IBN7. Similarly, Ashish Khaitan was used for garnering support of anti-Modi journalists due to his snoop-gate episode and he was inducted into the party immediately.
Most of the media had given air space to AAP for adding spice to their debate, which boosted the party’s presence. Fortunately, people continued to believe Arvind Kejriwal based on his media propaganda using journalists and especially Indian youth could be highly influenced by media, which made Kejriwal what he is now.
But as the time passes, truth is unfolding. Arvind Kejriwal will continue to oust people who will challenge him and he will retain only YES man/woman for himself and the party.