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Theorising AAP's Victory -- I

The landslide victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly elections poses serious questions to our notion of politics. The most important implication of this victory is that there is now a big challenge to the Narendra Modi–Amit Shah brand of politics. The victory, in a sense, also symbolises rebirth of the “Congress System” in India (as conceptualised by the late Rajni Kothari), with the party as a grand umbrella coalition of interests. In fact, AAP represented “an unlikely coalition of dalits, the urban poor, minorities, youth, small traders and also some parts of the middle and wealthy classes.”

No one knows how things will work out in the coming days. But there is no doubt AAP could in its election campaign successfully project many of the issues connected with the everyday survival of the people. The possibility of AAP emerging as a forum of popular mobilisations against neo-liberalism and aggressive Hindutva politics will depend on how it connects with the politics of “non-party political formations” at the grass-roots level.

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