Aam Aadmi Party came into existence on November 26, 2012, after differences arose between Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare regarding politicising India Against Corruption movement that has been pushing the demand of Jan Lokpal Bill since 2011. It is the ruling party in NCT or the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Arvind Kejriwal, unlike Anna Hazare who thought that the IAC movement should remain politically eccentric, thought that the success of the movement required direct political involvement.
The headquarters of Aam Aadmi Party or AAP is at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg in New Delhi. Saurabh Bhardwaj is the spokesperson of the party. Bhagwant Mann is the Lok Sabha leader of AAP whereas Sanjay Singh is the Rajya Sabha leader. AAP has a Student Wing called the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) and a Youth and Women's Wing called AAP Youth Wing and AAP Mahila Shakti respectively. Shramik Vikas Sangathan (SVS) is the Labour Wing of AAP. The symbol of the Aam Aadmi Party is a broom. To represent the issues of the common man, the party identifies itself as belonging to the "Aam Aadmi".
AAP and Elections
The 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly election marked the first electoral debut of AAP where it rose to be the second-largest party by securing 28 out of 70 seats and formed a minority government with conditional support from the Indian National Congress. The AAP government resigned after being in power for 49 days after facing no cooperation from the other major parties on the Jan Lokpal Bill.
AAP secured 67 of the 70 seats in the 2015 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections. In the 2020 elections, it secured 62 out of 70 seats, thus extending its tenure.
AAP built around the premise that the values of equality and justice as promised by the Constitution of India have not been fulfilled and in Independent India, enslavement to a foreign oppressive power has been replaced by that to a political elite. The party stated that the common man is invisible to the politicians until and unless they see their benefit in it. By adopting the Gandhian concept of swaraj as a tenet, it emphasizes self-governance and decentralization of power where the government is accountable to the common man.
The AAP has declared itself free from Wing Ideology and states that they're left-wing economically and right-wing morally.