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Issue No.: 575 | May 2015
 

What is wrong with AAP?

Ashok Karnik
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One may not have agreed with what AAP was doing, doling our freebees and ‘stinging’ all ...Allegations of corruption and sensational charges attract public attention
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Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were not the popular  face of the AAP but they gave an intellectual veneer to the outlandish promises of AAP, made it appear to be a thinking man’s party – not only a broom to sweep everything away. Their unceremonious ejection from key positions was shocking. One may not have agreed with what AAP was doing, doling our freebees and ‘stinging’ all and sundry. AAP made it a practice to castigate others for inefficiency and corruption. It was becoming farcical but nevertheless, in a dismal political scenario, AAP was emerging as a symbol of something new and potentially decent. Its over-simplification of issues was often jarring but one felt that its heart was in the right place. Now the edifice is crumbling and AAP looks as bad as other parties, if not worse.
COUNTER POINT 

Allegations of corruption and sensational charges attract public attention and it becomes a habit to paint all opponents in black. It required an ideological basis for the hit and run tactics of AAP and Yogendra Yadav provided it with his suave and professorial demeanor and ideological coating. He was the most convincing spokesperson of the party. His departure may not affect the party numbers but reduces its debating ability and credibility; it is left with loud protesters, not debate winners. The bane of the do-good parties is that its leaders are always on the look-out for ideological purity and find fault with others for diversion from high moral grounds. Remember Madhu explanation for the 'historical' need to break the Janata Party on the issue of dual membership (of BJP/RSS) and ultimately destroying the Janata Party Government? Too much dialectics and too little discipline!
Every issue has at least two sides. A wise person examines all sides before coming to a conclusion.
This is an attempt to present various sides of an issue so that a considered opinion can be formed

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