It’s been two years since Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power in Delhi and a lot has changed in such a short span of time. Since winning the historic mandate in Delhi, two of the founding members (Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav) of the party have been sacked, seven MLAs have either been suspended or have switched parties, the plan to expand in Punjab and Goa failed miserably, another member, Kumar Vishwas was persuaded not to quit the party at the last moment, and in the latest developments, one of the founding members has alleged Arvind Kejriwal of taking money from another leader Satyendar Jain.
However, amid all this chatter, the party has maintained an aggressive stand against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a strategy that has not really worked for it. The Indian Express quoted a top party source as saying that AAP should look at re-calibrating its politics to focus on issues instead of targetting an individual. “The CM went around the country holding rallies on charges of corruption alleged against Modi in the Sahara-Birla case. There was support from the people then. But after Uttar Pradesh, things have changed. It has backfired. Wherever we go, people ask why are you attacking Modi ji,” a source close to Kejriwal told The Indian Express.
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He added that this strategy is also affecting the party financially. “It (the financial pipeline) is being choked,” was quoted as saying in the report. Party’s imaged has also taken a hit with some serious allegations against its top leaders. Reacting to the recent developments, a source told the daily that party will tone down its constant refrain that the Centre isn’t allowing it to work. “The Modi government has used every trick in the book to stop us from delivering on our promises. But bravado and aggression in the administration are not acceptable to people. They want us to deliver,” the source said. However, he denied the recent allegations by Kapil Mishra by saying, “allegations of bribery against the CM are unthinkable. Had Kapil Mishra been present during the alleged exchange, CCTV would have caught his movement. There is evidence of him being present elsewhere. There is no truth in the Rs 50-crore land deal allegation and only one party member, Sanjay Singh, had travelled abroad on party expenses to raise funds for the party.”