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Bangalore: The Delhi Assembly elections have given birth to a new political party called Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which gives a platform to the masses to opt for alternative politics. The impressive debut of AAP shows that the aam aadmi (common man) of India is now willing to trust Gen-X politics, reports Neerja Chowdhury for Economic Times.
AAP chief, Arvind Kejriwal not only defeated the strong hold of three term CM Shiela Dikshit in her own constituency, but his party was just less than BJP tally in terms of popular votes and seats. This is a rare feat which he achieved in just one year, something that has never happened in the last three decades. This hardly one year old political party has accomplished this remarkable feat facing two Indian political biggies like BJP and the Congress parties.

It is evident from the assembly polls results that the AAP vote has cut across different sections of societies where most of its candidates have consistently won from middle class colonies as well as from upper class elites. The success of this novice party goes beyond the simple count of votes and seats. The real significance of its rise lies in the challenge that it has put forward against the most powerful political outfits in the country. Anti-corruption movement being its root cause of coming into the main political scenario, AAP has turned this into a battle against the corrupt political system. The party put forward a systemic alternative by the way of fundamental political decentralization.

Not just this, the campaign of AAP's election highlights a feature for financial and political transparency. For the first time in the history of India, a political party collected "white money" for politics, made full revelation of all forms of donations received, and refused to take any more donations once they met the target that it had set. It also issued manifestos for every single constituency and restored the culture of door to door canvassing. The record turnout in this assembly election and the popular support for a new political outfit indeed show a path for the beginning of new political eras in India.

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