While Gandhian Anna Hazare captured the imagination of the nation in 2011 by taking on the government over the Jan Lokpal Bill issue bill, Team Anna hogged the limelight in 2012 due to its breakup. Anna and his key members, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and others came back one last time in August this year to protest at Jantar Mantar. However, the response both by the general public and the government was tepid.
Subsequently, Team Anna promised to provide a ‘political alternative’ to the nation but soon after this the veteran social activist announced that his team was being disbanded. Whereas Anna was of the opinion that they should remain outside the system to fight the system, ex-IRS officer Kejriwal felt that to change the system one had to embark on the political course. With diametrically opposite views, a split was inevitable.
Finally on November 26, Arvind Kejriwal and his team formed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the presence of thousands of supporters. Kejriwal was appointed the national convener, Pankaj Gupta the national secretary and Krishna Kanth the national treasurer