Aam Aadmi Party | Kejriwal at a crossroads

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It was during the India Against Corruption (IAC) agitation in 2011 that Arvind Kejriwal shot to national fame. The movement, allegedly backed by the RSS-BJP, gave voice to the public anger against graft at a time when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre was fighting allegations of several scams. Social activist Anna Hazare had been the face of the campaign but, by the next year, Kejriwal had shaped the public antipathy towards the political class into a creation of his making—the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Its election symbol, the broom, was an apt representation of its intent to clean up Indian polity, resonating widely with the capital’s disillusioned electorate.

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