The angry young party

The angry young party: Bright-eyed, energetic and prone to temper tantrums... a report card of the four-year-old toddler in Indian politics, Aam Aadmi Party. After sweeping Delhi assembly polls and landing in turf wars, this party — built primarily by activists fighting the ‘system’ — is hoping to taste power in Punjab and open an account in Goa to emerge as a national alternative...

"Frankly, for all its imperfections, AAP is an anti-system force whose leader Kejriwal is quite determined to challenge the neo-liberal model of growth. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that the system strikes back. Soon after winning Delhi, Kejriwal had told this correspondent, “I know all sections of society voted for us but I also know that it is the poor who will stick with us.” Two years ago if AAP saw itself as the party of the urban poor, now in Punjab it has worked mostly with the rural folk, who would be relatively poor in that region’s landscape."


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