- Sunil Rajguru
The Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal suddenly seem to be under attack on all sides. However, more than outsiders, it is insiders and well-wishers who have ended up being the biggest enemies of the AAP and you could say that it is under siege from within.
Anna Hazare: Kejriwal and many AAP members were once part of the India Against Corruption. However, many IAC members are now its biggest critics. Had Anna decided to back Kejriwal and the AAP, then it would have received a big boost at the national level.
When Anna publicly rebuked AAP member Gopal Rai at a meeting in Ralegan Siddhi, it was played all day on TV.
Not only did Anna attack Kejriwal on many counts, but he chose to endorse Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for Prime Minister. That seems to have fallen apart and it may have been just a ploy to get back at Kejriwal.
Among other IAC supporters, Baba Ramdev, General VK Singh and Kiran Bedi all have become BJP supporters.
AAP leaders: One by one AAP leaders have stepped out of line and criticized Kejriwal and the party leadership. Vinod Binny was the first to launch an open attack. After that other supporters like Captain Gopinath and Mallika Sarabhai also became big critics.
Madhu Bhandari quitting on the issue of treatment of women leaders was a big blow and the AAP refused to take it seriously, leading to more people walking out. Executive member Ashok Aggarwal while leaving said that the AAP was directionless and functioning like a private limited company.
Image: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or the common man party, chief Arvind Kejriwal, holds the hand of a local leader as he addresses an election campaign in Amethi, India, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP)