On the third birth a

On the third birth anniversary of the Aam Aadmi Party(it was formed on 26 November 2012) it remains an enduring puzzle why it continues to hog media space disproportionate to its size and influence After all AAP as of now is confined to the city of Delhi which is a quasi-state One ostensible reason why AAP insinuates into the media and therefore the nation’s imagination is its very location Its home is Delhi which isn’t just the National Capitalbut also the hub of media It is inevitable that every action of AAP every statement its leaders make will come under the media spotlight But it is also true that regional parties have their offices in Delhi and their leaders are members of Parliament Yet few of them are ever invited to TV studios to contribute to the cacophony of debates unless the issues in discussion pertain to their states Perhaps AAP’s allure arises from the ideas it represent These are ideas which have national resonance From anti-corruption to providing civic amenities to its focus on the social sector (health and education) and increasingly now on secularism AAP occupies a regional space with a national perspective in much the way the Left did once This is not what can be said of most regional outfits They have what you can call a local mindset and scarcely nurse ambitions of flying out of their regional coops It is only recently in their attempt to thwart Prime Minister Narendra Modi from poaching on their turf regional players have taken to articulating ideas of development even borrowing his strategies of attracting foreign investments and industrializing rapidly These ideas they have scarcely reformulated or recalibrated reducing development to a cliché Copycats scarcely ever enthrall They dream big but act small in contrast to AAP which dreams small and acts big – and with some panache Perhaps the sheer cosmopolitanism of Delhi has shaped AAP Since class is the driver of the city’s politics it has enabled AAP to adopt political language which in its appeal is national It doesn’t dress its ideas in the rhetoric of caste or religion and consequently represents modern sensibilities To those in Delhi journalists included AAP’s language is theirs as well regardless of whether or not they vote it Representative image Reuters The city’s relatively modern ethos has seeped into the underclasses too This is precisely why AAP through its promise of delivering civic services and emphasis on education and health was able to shatter the BSP’s Dalit votebank and wean away the Muslims from the Congress The story of AAP is captivating also because of its electoral successes Defying pundits and overcoming the limitations of resources it bagged 28 seats in the 2013 Assembly elections and swept away a whopping 67 seats earlier this year That the party could have trounced the BJP despite it riding the wave of popularity of Modi resuscitated an organisation which might have withered away without the oxygen of victory It is the inherent appeal of AAP’s language combined with its ability to win that mesmerizes the media and incites the fury of the BJP and the Congress the two parties which are classified as national But for the innumerable Janata Party incarnations India hasn’t had a state-based party appearing reasonably assured of expanding into another state This in turn inspires people to track AAP To the party’s national executive meeting recently Arvind Kejriwal said they weren’t aiming at the 2019 Lok Sabha election Yet this statement ironically testifies to his and the party’s plan to go national whether in 2019 or 2024 The Punjab Assembly election of 2017 will have AAP take the first step in that direction A poor performance will become the scissor that will clip AAP’s wings A win could see AAP soar But therein also lies the danger – the quest for electoral victories and political prominence presumes compromises and dilution of ideas It is this which framed the twitterati’s eruption when Lalu Prasad Yadav embraced Arvind Kejriwal In one sense you could say it was payback time for Kejriwal whom Nitish Kumar had not only extended unilateral support when he contested from Varanasi in last year’s Lok Sabha but also as he and the Central government were engaged in confrontation Traditionally chief ministers belonging to parties different from the one ruling the Centre tend to bond together This is their mechanism to deter the Centre from riding roughshod over or undermining them AAP’s dilemma will therefore remain: Can it court political isolation and yet hope to farm out of Delhi No doubt AAP will try to strike a fine balance as it tried in Bihar openly supporting Nitish Kumar and maintaining its distance from Lalu Prasad Yadav The implication of this calibrated move wasn’t lost to anyone – it was perceived as an indirect support to Yadav an ally of Kumar This perception had a cost to it It was looked upon as an instance of AAP diluting its anti-corruption agenda given the conviction of Yadav in the fodder scam It was to limit this damage AAP subsequently conceived a middle path A day before Kumar was to take the oath of office it was decided Kejriwal would go to Patna congratulate Kumar but not attend the swearing-in ceremony It wasn’t only because of Lalu whose stock had anyway skyrocketed because of his party’s performance It was also because of the guests whom Kumar had invited The list included Rahul Gandhi Sharad Pawar Praful Patel Sheela Dixit Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the Shiv Sena Not only had Kejriwal and other AAP leaders protest against most of them during the anti-corruption movement the invitation to the Shiv Sena seemed such a mockery of secularism an important plank of the Grand Alliance’s campaign Kumar’s office however wasn’t willing to provide time to Kejriwal for a private meeting on the morning of the swearing-in day Obviously the JD(U) believed Kejriwal’s absence would generate negative headlines besides undercutting Kumar’s attempts to project himself as the leader who has galvanized the Opposition to take on the BJP Ultimately Kejriwal dropped the plan Yet it would be a hyperbole to claim that Lalu’s embracing of Kejriwal will have damaged the latter’s image of being the proverbial outsider in Indian politics Indeed he and AAP must thank the Sangh for still being seen as outsiders despite wielding power for now ten months This is because the Sangh’s strident Hindutva politics of over the last 18 months has privileged secularism over all other issues For many AAP supporters as well as non-AAP anti-BJP voters it was a relief to see Kejriwal vanquish the BJP handing out its first defeat after the resounding success of 2014 For them at least the Lalu-Kejriwal embrace will appear as a necessity Then again the popular perception that the Central government through Lt Governor Najeeb Jung is preventing the AAP government to function smoothly has worked to Kejriwal’s advantage It has enabled him to play the rebel obstinately digging his heels in to take on the powerful It has also given an alibi to AAP for its possible failures As long as the BJP continues its obstructionist policy Delhiites will not think AAP lacks the zeal or doesn’t intend to implement its promises Undoubtedly AAP’s growth depends on what it delivers over the next few years Regardless of the outcry against subsidies AAP’s reduction of electricity and power bills has won it support as its impressive budgetary allocation on education and health services That it could get an elevated corridor constructed before time that too at a cost of Rs 100 crore less than what was earmarked is a good advertisement for it Not of the same order are the accusations against its MLA accused of possessing fake educational certificates and other offences These will certainly constitute elements of the counter-narrative to AAP’s of ushering in a new political culture as will the whispers about a few having used power and money to win elections No doubt Kejriwal dismissed a minister accused of taking bribe yet it also shows quite ironically that it is often the system which changes people rather than the other way around Yet the image of AAP representing the possibilities of a new political culture persists largely because the Delhi Police presumed to be acting at the behest of the Union Home Ministry didn’t even let sufficient time to lapse before going after its MLAs It appears so much like a vendetta against AAP for winning Delhi These police cases including the arrest of an AAP MLA today might alienate sections of the middle class But it certainly will bolster AAP’s credentials among the underclasses which turned out in extraordinary numbers to vote the party To them it will seem AAP is being penalized for governing in their interests They are no fools to not know that political bigwigs accused of crimes worse than AAP’s MLAs get away without an FIR being filed against them For a class accustomed to being harassed for bribes the hyper activism of Delhi Police will seem a ploy to protect its illegitimate interests Thus both the Delhi Police and the Opposition’s endeavour have only underscored AAP’s uniqueness – that it remains an organisation strapped for cash – considered a big deal in our country – comprises leaders who still remain aam aadmis and whom the police can therefore bully who are sensitive to people and their opinion and demonstrate creativity It is in comparison to others that AAP shines It is hard to tell whether AAP’s uniqueness will remain intact after a couple of more years in power or after a few more electoral contests Victory propels parties Victories also alter personalities individuals and organisations includedKiren Rijiju Reacts To Delhi’s Ramjas College Protest The ABVP claimed that seven of its students were beaten up badly and had to get medical attention. 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Reuters In the meeting, Shah is believed to have discussed Bihar results among other things. he removes her shawl, Nadal had never lost in straight sets at Roland Garros.Hapless UPA watches Didi roll back Railway Minister?IEMarch 15) Since the budget is under consideration of Parliamentits outcome will be known in due course Making confusing statements about the issue is not political prudence There should always be clarity and transparency People deserve to get accurate informationalways SC Vaid Greater Noida Well doneMinister This refers to the editorial Derail Budget (IEMarch 15) I welcome the moderate hike in rail fares proposed by Dinesh Trivedi This was the need of the hour Even the aam admiwho possesses mobile phones nowwill not be much affected by the increase in general class fares Mamata Banerjees adamant opposition to all schemeswhether FDI in retailthe NCTCor others of national importance only indicates that shes a serious threat to the survival of the government at the Centre RK Kapoor Chandigarh Dinesh Trivedi deserves applause for showing the courage to do the right thing by increasing railway fares This is necessaryif we expect railways to modernise and become safer Its a shame that Mamata Banerjee has asked for the ministers removal and a rollback of the hike Ramanujam Chary Pune Kudos to Dinesh Trivedi for considering the nation over petty vote-bank politics Its pleasing to know that there are still a few such people left in Indian politics Leaders are not worried about increase in freight chargesfuel price riseetcwhich actually affect the aam admi More honest politicians like Trivedi are required in Indian politics to bring India back on track NR Menon Kochi Let PM do it Given half-a-chanceMamata Banerjee and her party can leave the railways bankrupt with their sense of populism Its time Banerjee were disabused of the impression that the railway ministry is her partys property This applies equally to parties like the DMKwho gifted the country the 2G scam UPA 2 would do well to take away the railway ministry from the Trinamools gripand let the 2012-13 rail budgetpresented by Trivedibe pursued in Parliament directly by the PM Prasad Malladi Nidadavole Didistudy economics The railway minister was realistic in accepting the inevitable hike in fares in the direction recommended by the Sam Pitroda Committee It will be unfortunate iffor his political will and courageDinesh Trivedi is indeed removed and the fare hike rolled back A vicious Didi masquerading as the messiah of the common man is out to get political mileage by making an honest minister a scapegoat Our politicians need to study the economics of the Indian Railways KC Mehta Vadodara For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Published: March 4 2017 3:12 am Top News Sudhir Mungantiwar state minister for finance planning and forestry who participated in District Planning Committee meeting on Friday said that his department would focus on generation of employment while awarding the funds to the districts Mungantiwar who was accompanied by Pune’s Guardian minister Girish Bapat said that the state finance department will help small entreprenuers self help groups tourism in various districts by making a provision for them in the District Plan Watch What Else is Making News “After focussing on the agriculture sector in the last financial year this year we will stress on employment generation along with agriculture This also means that the focus will also be on skill development among the youngsters who would be generators of employment and not its seekers” said Mungantiwar Mungantiwar also commented on the Shiv Sena-BJP tension that are prevailing in the state legislature saying the BJP has spoken to the party leaders and it agrees with the Sena’s demand that the working of state cabinet should be transparent “We too want transparency in fact BJP’s political agenda is clean governance We have said it time and again Our CM has said and we reitereated it again that transparency remains our top agenda However some of the demands made by them like allowing journalists into cabinet meets can’t be agreed as it’s a consitutional directive to maintain secrecy about the cabinet deliberations until the decision is arrived at” said Mungantiwar The minister said that the district administration will be directed to take decision about providing support to the economic activities after considering the local situation For all the latest Patna News download Indian Express App More Top News" he said. who has written this letter containing these allegation. In the same interview, pro-poor image,New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani

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