ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From Movement to Government

Running the Delhi government will test the Aam Aadmi Party's ability to transform itself.

The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) decision to form a government with the support of the very party it has been bitterly opposed to since its inception was not surprising. Ideally the party, which made a spectacular debut in the assembly elections just a few months after deciding to enter the fray, would have preferred to consolidate its support base by being in the opposition. The party sought to overcome this dilemma by engaging in an informal “referendum”, asking its supporters through telephone calls, text, emails and, most importantly, through ward meetings on whether it should form the government. The overwhelming response in favour of assuming office forced the AAP’s hand.

The inability of the single largest party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to form the government without horse-trading and the prompt support provided by the Congress left it with little choice. Moreover, had the AAP refused to form a government it would have disappointed a large section of the urban poor who seem to have voted for the party based on its promises to reduce the cost of essential services.

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