In the fourth part of the series State of the Parties, we look at the newest political party in India, the Aam Aadmi Party
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has had a terrific beginning, managing to rile the Congress and the BJP and offering a fresh return to Gandhian politics.
Its founder Arvind Kejriwal is the only head of a party currently on fast for a purely public cause – lowering electricity tariff.
Kejriwal appears to have nothing to lose, which makes him seem fearless.
His comfort levels with disobedience movements suggest that he is prepared for the long term.
It is in sharp contrast with the YSR Congress, the last party formed before the AAP.
The head of the YSR Congress, YS Jaganmohan Reddy, is in jail on corruption charges. vKejriwal launches agitations itching to be sent to jail.
He is not.
The legal brilliance of the Bhushans, father Shanti and son Prashant, also appears to be working fine at the moment for the AAP.
On the face of it, the AAP is what the younger, urban Indian wants. It is a party with distaste for moral turpitude in public life.
It wants to serve. And Indians look to be served.
For all this, the Aam Aadmi Party is The Newcomer – whose aim is to win a few seats and make an entry in the Lok Sabha.
Image: Arvind Kejriwal gestures while addressing a rally after launching the Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi on November 26, 2012.