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Aam Aadmi Party AAP

The impressive showing in elections 01 December 2013 by a new party called the Aam Aadmi or Common Man's Party, made waves across the country. The year-old party, formed by activists who led an anti-corruption civil society campaign two years earlier contested only in the capital Delhi. It did not win a majority. But it stunned both main parties by taking nearly 40 percent of the seats in the national capital. Voters were attracted by its promise to overhaul a political system which many believe is steeped in corruption. ??Supporters celebrated in the streets, especially after the Aam Aadmi leader, Arvind Kejriwal, defeated Sheila Dikshit, a powerful Congress party politician who has been Delhi's chief minister for 15 years.

The party led by Arvind Kejriwal was formally given the name of the "Aam Aadmi Party" by its promoters, is noticeably different from the run-of-the-mill outfits that dot the political skyline. It came in the wake of a year and a half of sustained public protests - which more often than not took on dramatic forms - on corruption within the nation's political and administrative systems. Not surprisingly, the forerunner of the party was the forum led by the high-profile septuagenarian, Maharashtrian social activist Anna Hazare, that went under the banner of "India Against Corruption". This produced massive street protests in the Indian capital demanding an end to corruption. That anti graft movement petered out.

One of its main architects, former civil servant, Arvind Kejriwal, launched a political party in November 2012 vowing to clean up public life. From first appearances, AAP seemed to be an attempt to create a party structure that would gather around it educated middle-class Indians and professional people that typically emerge from this class, namely those who have kept away from party politics. Aam Aadmi Party stayed away from the traditional support bases of Indias political parties: community, caste, religion. Their single point agenda was to sweep away corruption. The symbol they have picked: a broom. Their supporters wear white caps with the words I am the common man.

The Aam Aadmi Partys bid for power in Delhi was initially dismissed as far-fetched in a city where Indias two main parties -- the Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party held sway and where the Congress had ruled for the last 15 years. Aam Aadmi Party legislators unanimously elected Arvind Kejriwal as their leader in the Delhi Assembly. A decision in this regard was taken at the party's meeting in New Delhi 09 December 2013. Talking to reporters after the meeting, party leader Sanjay Singh said that the meeting discussed the future strategies and newly elected MLAs had been asked to continue door to door contacts with the people of their constituencies. He also reiterated AAP's stand that party would neither support BJP or Congress nor seek their support.

Aam Admi Party ruled out taking support of any political party to form the government. Its convenor Arvind Kejriwal said, it will play the role of a constructive opposition. Congress has ruled out supporting Aam Aadmi Party to form a government in Delhi. AICC general secretary in-charge for Delhi Shakeel Ahmed said, the party are not considering to support any party in Delhi.



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