Reasons why AAP failed
Looks like nothing is working in favour of the party that emerged as the saviour of the common man. Of course their fate is the same as the fate of the millions of Aam Aadmi residing in India. Nothing is not only working in their favour but everyday it seems as if whatever little was left is crumbling into non-existence.
Is funny that we call India the "Biggest Democracy" even when this country has not been acting like one for the longest time! No matter how loud the aam aadmi screams for his and her rights, they will effectively not be heard. It's as easy to suppress the voice of rebellion as it is to squash a cockroach.
1. Congress and BJP got together: Even though these two national parties have always opposed each other but when the business is at threat, hands must be joined. Enemies enemy is my friend right? Here are two parties which have benefited from the business of democracy for almost 67 years! They pretty much own the country. It won't take them much effort to make sure a certain set does take all that away from them. Specially in a land which is so internally divided on the basis of religion, caste, class and god knows how many other things.
2. The media played second fiddle to Congress and BJP: Technically, media is supposed to be an autonomous body which "reports" news events as it is without any external body influencing it. But we all know how that never happens. Media is also a business which runs on money. It also has profits to make. So it will go where the money lies. The tragedy of course is that Aam Aadmi party or the people it wanted to represent have no money or no influence. So why would the make enemies out of Congress, BJP and the corporate bigwigs to support a broke party which talks about high ideals? If Gandhi was alive now, the media wouldn't cover him either I suppose.
3. The aam aadmi is not allowed to speak against big corporate giants: I think the first ominous sign that AAP does not have long to survive was when Kejriwal openly attacked Reliance Industries and the Ambani clan. It was immediately after that the media started speaking against Kejriwal a little too vociferously. Obviously! People like you and me can write criticizing blogs about Reliance and its corrupt ways and no body is going to bother. But if it poses as a threat to India's most powerful corporate house then they will make sure you are undone.
4. A series of bad decisions: It will be wrong to only blame the external forces. After all most of our woes are brought on by ourselves only. So it happened for AAP. Kejriwal in his big idealism vacated the seat he had earned SO easily! Who in their right minds would have taken such a decision. I understand there were reasons for that. It doesn't make sense to hold onto a seat when you won't be allowed to perform by the center. But still. It really did piss off the Delhiwalas. And then the decision to be all over the place during the Loksabha elections! If AAP had limited funds, limited man-force and if AAP knew how their 'CM-quitting' antic didn't really work in their favour - they should have focused all their energy on Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and other nearby places where they already had a strong hold. But it was a blunder to contest from a Hindutva obsessed Varanasi opposite a Hindutva obsessed man who spent crores and crores to publicize himself!
5. Lack of party structure: Here's a team which does not really have an organisational structure. It's not a school group where the teacher names one person the team leader and everyone else must listen to him/her. If a new party is trying to compete against an established system then it must be structured! There needs to be space within to exchange ideas, debate and have the right to disagree. Till the times AAP doesn't find a way to figure out this free flow of dialogue - it will continue to suffer.