Why support the AAP in Delhi

December 8, 2013 will go down in the history of New Delhi. When the result of the state elections became known that day, it was clear that the only one year old Aam Aadmi Party (party of the common man, AAP) had immediately become the second strongest force in the Indian capital and was just behind the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People's Party, BJP). The congress party, which had ruled Delhi for three legislative terms, was lagging behind in third place. Since the BJP did not have an absolute majority and could not form a government on its own, the congress party decided to support the AAP.

The AAP is a post-ideological party that does not pursue any identity politics for the time being. She does not want to address certain castes, classes or religious groups, but all Indians who are fed up with corruption and a thousand other grievances. High electricity prices, poor water supply, excessive spending for politicians, too tight budgets for education and health - these are some of the central issues of the AAP.

In fact, election analyzes show that citizens across all social classes voted for the AAP. They hope for the cleansing power of the broom that the AAP has chosen as a party symbol.

Can the AAP within a few months also make the leap into federal politics? That is the big question that now concerns the Indians. The next parliamentary elections will take place in several stages from April 16 to May 13. The Congress Party, which has governed the United Progress Alliance (UPA) with various allies since 2004, has little chance of winning another election. Corruption, inflation and high prices for staple foods have angered the people, which is why the Congress Party has already lost other state parliaments in addition to Delhi. But the prospect of a BJP government at federal level worries many Indians. Narendra Modi, the BJP candidate for the office of prime minister, is believed to be responsible for the severe pogroms against Muslims in Gujarat state in 2002.

The AAP has now discovered in Delhi that mobilizing is easier than governing. Internal tensions and signs of misogyny have emerged. Nevertheless, the party seems determined to put up as many candidates as possible for the general election.