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Mixed Response to AAP's Dream Debut

A day after its dream poll debut in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) was today variedly praised by some political parties as a force good for the health of democracy and one that could provide a "credible alternative".

But some parties like NCP also took a dig at Arvind Kejriwal's nascent party describing them as "pseudo activists" who are not connected with the ground reality.

Congress stalwart and outgoing Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who was felled at the hustings by Kejriwal, was of the view that AAP just sold "dreams".

BJP ally Shiv Sena sounded a warning that Kejriwal's challenge is for all political parties across the country

It is always good for the health of democracy when a new force emerges, BJP Vice-president Smriti Irani said.

CPI(M) said AAP has emerged as a credible alternative to Congress.

Its leader Sitaram Yechury said more than the anger against the policies of Congress what had helped AAP in the elections was they were seen as a possibility that can offer an alternative.

Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar congratulated AAP and said, "It reaped the benefit of anti-corruption agitation of Gandhian Anna Hazare."

Praising Kejriwal, Shiv Sena said the keys of forming government in Delhi are with Kejriwal.

"A young person like Kejriwal wards off the challenge of Narendra Modi and massive Congress," the Sena said in its party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

But Diskhit feels the AAP sold dreams.

She does not know what explains the AAP phenomenon which won it 28 seats to Congress' eight in 70-member Delhi Assembly where BJP emerged as the single largest party with 31 seats but five short of required majority.

Perhaps on second thoughts, the Congress veteran went on to remark, "I think it is just the dreams that they spun."

She had seen governance for 15 long years as Chief Minister. "You cannot make dreams. You cannot sell dreams. But they have."

Would the AAP phenomenon last? "No, they might once. But it does not mean it is going to be there for ever. The dream has to be also tested," she told PTI.

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said weak leadership in Congress had given rise to "pseudo activists" who are not connected with the ground reality, in an apparent dig at emergence of AAP in Delhi Assembly polls.

"We also need to think about the class of people trying to influence and change public opinion through their impractical ideas. The youth has clearly shown its anger in these elections and we need to find why they are angry," he said adding that people want "result-oriented leaders".

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Dec 10, 2013
09:46 AM

 Elections result 2013: Why the idealistic AAP is better off in the opposition - Ivor Soans in FirstPost

If the AAP ascends to the throne in Delhi, it will have to start fulfilling its manifesto. Surely the party cannot be like other parties that use their manifestos as toilet paper once they come to power, which is where the problem will start.

They have claimed to offer 50 percent reduction in power tariffs. Unfortunately, independent regulatory bodies decide these issues. In Mumbai for instance, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has wrecked Tata Power's cheaper tariffs against Reliance Energy for crossover customers who use Tata Power services over Reliance infrastructure.

But voters don't understand such regulatory nitty-gritty. If you promised them a 50 percent reduction, they will expect it. Or it will quickly become a problem for the AAP.

Vigilante groups to protect women? Unfortunately, the police in Delhi is controlled by the Centre which would be loathe to allow such insanity to become reality. And of course, there's the matter of the law and courts too. But will rapes and ill-treatment of women end in Delhi? Does anyone really believe that a change in government will change Delhi's status as the rape capital of India? You'd to have to exile every man from Delhi to make that happen. But voters won't forget. When the next tragic rape case comes to light as it inevitably will, guess who will be blamed--the AAP of course, in case it is in government.

There is more in AAP's manifesto that will give Kejriwal sleepless nights if he does take the hot seat,

But if the AAP avoids the temptation of power and the BJP takes over in Delhi, then it will remain a idea that came close to taking power and one that will gain even higher-decibel media coverage since they came so close to power.

Sounds much like what everybody is saying about why the AAP is fighting shy of forming the government.

Bonita, Chennai
Dec 10, 2013
08:50 AM

AAP is clearly a better alternative than the BJP. It stands for a clean and non-communal government. - Anwaar

So let them form the government and walk the talk. Why are they shying away from demonstrating that they can provide a "clean and non-communal government" and deliver on their promises?

If the BJP and the Cons were to pull down the government over nothing, they would be exposed and would pay the price in the next election. The Cons and the BJP would have to work together to pull down the AAP. Think they can do it without proving Kejriwal's frequently repeated assertions that they are two sides of the same coin?

Bonita, Chennai
Dec 10, 2013
05:42 AM

AAP is a media creation and like all its creation it has not much future. You don't become a leader by street protests. You have to take the charge and provide governance or run a ministry. Kejriwal is raw and is arrogant. He can't sit in an office and work for long hours. He is maximum a street smart person.

How can AAP be alternative to BJP ? AAP and Congress both are leftist hence people will chose one or the other and the right wing will largely remain with the BJP.

I'd still say Congress minus the dynasty has chances to recover and remain one of the two strong political parties. Get a fresh face and revamp.

gayatri, madrid
Dec 10, 2013
04:50 AM

Anwar has found a new saviour for Muslims.

Honestly AAP is best option before the poor ,defenceless and abused Indians.

What have the Cong/BJP/SP/SS/NCP done for theese people.

Even a Mayavati used her clout for her diamonds and Villas

harun, chennai
Dec 10, 2013
02:51 AM

AAP is clearly a better alternative than the BJP. It stands for a clean and non-communal government.

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