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Teething troubles

Created in a moment of civic fervour around two years ago, the AAP is now facing teething problems

Created in a moment of civic fervour around two years ago, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is now facing teething problems.

The latest bout of infighting in the AAP’s top ranks began soon after the election in Delhi this year. Letters, statements, allegations and counter-allegations are being freely aired.

And the party’s senior leaders, once inseparable, now look like they could fill in for the cast of House of Cards.

To the followers of the party, this is painful; to dispassionate observers, it is a reminder of an original contradiction in the AAP: How does a movement of friendly activists transform itself into a party run by impersonal rules?

The jockeying for power now being seen in the highest forums of the party is a manifestation of this hard transition. There is a good chance that some leaders may be forced out and the party may become normal soon. But then it will be a very different kind of party than the one it set out to be. In effect, it will be just another party.

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