Happy Birthday Aam Aadmi Party!
We have come a long way in the last 2 years. Our critics will continue to say that we have not achieved anything substantial but I personally feel we have achieved a lot. Some of the things that standout to me are:
1. We set the agenda for Delhi Elections 2013: Despite a media blackout for much of early 2013, we started getting coverage towards the end of the year and we were able to set the agenda to corruption and price rise. Our most important achievement was that BJP was forced to project Dr. Harsh Vardhan as it’s CM candidate instead of Vijay Goel.
2. Showed the world that we could win an election: some of our MLAs defeated 3-4 time sitting MLAs. With crowd-sourced funding (20 crore) we were able to win 28 seats in Delhi, and go on to form the government. We showed the skeptics that it was possible to win elections with no money and muscle power. This led to a lot of people from public life joining the Aam Aadmi Party.
3. Our 49 day government: We may have had a perception handling problem, but fact of the matter is that we fulfilled most of our promises. We showed the world that committed individuals can get stuff done and done quickly. I am happy that our leadership has decided to use those 49 days as a positive!
4. Lok Sabha Varanasi elections: In around 45 days, Arvind Kejriwal, our leadership and thousands of volunteers got us more than 2 lakh votes vs the PM candidate of BJP in BJP’s stronghold. We were dealing with a perception problem (after the resignation), the media was hostile, BJP was spending loads and loads of money but our volunteers sweat it out in the heat and got us 2 lakh+ votes. Again, shows that if you have the volunteers, you don’t need that much money. And now with the EC discovering 3 lakh fake votes in Varanasi, it does cast a shadow of doubt on Modi’s victory margin.
5. Lok Sabha elections: 400+ Clean Candidates! People searched and searched to find flaws in our candidates. The max. they got was a few cases of section 144 violation. Other than that, the candidates came clean for the most part. While the results of the Lok Sabha were not great for us, we did get more than 1.2crore voters and a second state in Punjab.
6. MLAs stood by the party: BJP tried it’s level best but our MLAs did not break away. They were offered money, power etc. but they stood by us through that period.
7. Delhi Dialogue: Once again, with Delhi Dialogue we are showing the other political parties how to involve people in a democracy. The suggestions coming in for Delhi Dialogue are amazing and it is in many ways a manifesto created by the people and for the people. If any party has a vision for Delhi, it is the Aam Aadmi Party and sooner or later, people will realize that.
I believe these were some of the milestones in our 2 year journey. I am proud and I think we have grown substantially. We have a vision for Delhi and in the coming years, we have to show top class governance in Delhi and also expand in other states. Punjab, Kerala, Maharashtra, Haryana are some of the states we will be targeting and in another 2 years time, we should have a strong base in most of these states. And who knows, like Punjab, a few other states might surprise us. A long way to go, but we are moving in the right direction 🙂