Arvind Kejriwal’s rise in Punjab is a warning sign for all parties; here’s why?

By: | Updated: March 10, 2017 2:14 PM

With the exit polls divided between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress in Punjab, AAP is planning ahead.

The regional parties need to be warned as he is emerging in a different league with the grit to counter BJP in the states. (PTI)

With the exit polls divided between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress in Punjab, AAP is planning ahead. They are already putting together the names of chief minister candidates. Kejriwal rise in Punjab has been phenomenal. and he is the new man on the block emerging as the rising star. On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi-Samajwadi party loss in Uttar Pradesh is also sending clear signal to the political class that Kejriwal is the rising star and occupying the liberal-secular-centrist space in Indian politics. The Punjab victory will also break the myth that AAP’s success in Delhi was a fluke, a one-time wonder, a bubble. Besides BJP and Congress, AAP is emerging as the third party to have a formidable presence in more than one state.

The regional parties need to be warned as he is emerging in a different league with the grit to counter BJP in the states.This will underscore the fact that AAP may be emerging very fast as a national alternative and could well be that he is emerging as a strong opposition to the ruling party. Regional parties led by leaders like Nitish Kumar, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Naveen Patnaik, Mamata Banerjee, Uddhav Thackeray, Chandrababu Naidu, Stalin, Sharad Pawar etc. can’t boast of this, these are one-state leaders or parties. However, If Arvind Kejriwal had lost, his journey forward would become very difficult.

And Arvind Kejriwal’s rise happened only in last five years. Before 2011, few in India had any clue who Arvind Kejriwal was. Like many other bright young men and women who enjoyed solid middle-class upbringings, Kejriwal studied engineering at one of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology. After graduating, he worked for a leading business house before gaining entry into the Indian Revenue Service, one of the many branches of the Indian civil service.

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Frustrated by the confines of the Indian bureaucracy and the sclerotic pace of government decision-making, Kejriwal eventually quit the service and devoted his full attention to social activism, immediately making waves by stridently advocating for the enactment and full implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, a landmark government transparency initiative passed by Parliament in 2005.

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