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The AAP meltdown

LiveMint logoLiveMint 05-06-2014 Livemint

One commonly held doubt about the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was regarding its ability to transform itself from a movement into a party capable of governance. Recent events show its problems are basic. The party attracted a crowd when it was on an upswing.

Now that it has lost its bid for power, there’s a rush to exit.

The AAP’s failures show the limits of civil society’s political abilities. By its nature, politics is a tough vocation. It takes years of patient hard work before a party and its leaders can make a mark.

The AAP sought to short-circuit this process. In the bargain, the party is short-circuiting itself. What the AAP has to rethink is not its transformation into a party capable of governance but its raison d’etre.

To begin with, it should stop saying its leaders have no ambition.

That will make its claims more believable.

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