New Delhi, Dec. 5: Thursday… Friday… Saturday… then, “swaraj”.
The countdown to self-rule “free of corruption” has begun for Sundeep Narwani, a computer science graduate from Mumbai who volunteered to canvass for Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party but has stayed back.
He wants to see it through till December 8, the day the votes will be counted. Today, he clapped as his comrade Jitendra sang.
“Desh ka dushman bhrashtachaar jhaadu se hi bhagega. Is baar chalegi jhaadu (Only the broom will get rid of corruption, the country’s enemy. It will be broom all the way this time),” sang Jitendra, a former member of the Left’s cultural wing, the India People’s Theatre Association, as other volunteers joined in.
The broom is the AAP’s symbol.
“I am confident our party will win. I have decided to stay back and witness the historic moment,” said Sundeep, 34.
Hordes of AAP workers thronged the small party office on Hanuman Road, near Connaught Place. The record turnout yesterday that saw voters queuing up till late in the evening has raised hopes of a wave in favour of the new party.
Sundeep said he has been “dreaming of a romantic future” since anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare gave the call for a graft-free India, a slogan the AAP has made its own. Sources in the AAP office claimed some 10,000 people from across the country had joined as volunteers.
“This is a very different party. It has presented a new model of politics that can take India 10-15 years ahead,” Sundeep said.
In his undergraduate days he had been associated with the CPM’s student wing, the SFI. But he got disillusioned with the “rigid ideas” of the Left, he said. “I joined the IT cell of the BJP in 2009. But within two months I quit. The sycophancy, the culture of touching feet, was simply unbearable.”
A little distance away, stood half a dozen men. They were from Bihar and claimed to have been associated with Jayaprakash Narayan’s total revolution call in the seventies. “After many years, Arvind Kejriwal has re-ignited the same dream of total revolution,” said Nand Kr Azad. “So we have joined him.”