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Keep the faith, keep up the fight :Arvind Kejriwal

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Arvind Kejriwal, National Convener, Aam Aadmi Party

Ever since Punjab and Goa election results were announced, supporters have been calling to ask what next for us and the party. I am sure many of you have received similar calls and questions. To understand what next, we need to recall where we started and where we have reached today.

We have come a long way from the beginning of our movement 6+ years ago. All we wanted was a corruption-free India. All we asked for was a strong anti-corruption law. Millions of you took to the street in protest. They mocked us and said “Laws are not made in maidans. Fight and win elections if you want to pass a Jan Lokpal bill”. We took up the challenge!

Thousands of you gave your Tan, Man, and Dhan that carried us through the rocky ride from the 28/70 in Delhi 2013 to the debacle in general elections to the 67/70 in Delhi 2015. We have had an amazing first two years of honest governance that delivered results unparalleled in our history despite innumerable hurdles from the Centre.

Although we didn’t get the expected results, we are now the principal opposition party in Punjab with 22 seats. Also, having got 6% vote share in Goa, we are just one state away from becoming a national party.

We will need to take time and fully understand the why and how of these results. However, before thinking about “what next”, we need to understand that winning and losing will be part of our political adventure. The 65 year old BJP has only 18% seats and ~20% vote share in Karnataka, and the 130 year old Congress has only 15% seats and 18% vote share in Maharashtra. They haven’t given up and there is no reason for us to give up.

The questions we should ask ourselves is whether the current political system is fine. Have rampant corruption and crony capitalism disappeared? Is there justice for all? Are the common people getting what they deserve? If the answer is ‘No’, we have to continue and strengthen our political revolution.

You believed in us when we took our first baby step, had no experience in contesting elections, and didn’t know whether we could win even a single seat. Keep the faith, keep up the fight, Hum Honge Kaamyaab!

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