Aam Aadmi Party, with its working style and ideologies, is likely to threaten the position of Left parties in the country.
CPI (M) was, for the first time in India in 1957 , voted to power in Kerala, overthrowing the ruling Congress which was marred by various issues. The party had the support of peasants, labourers, among others. But in recent years, the party has not been able to connect with slum-dwellers and economically backward classes.
This is where AAP scored. AAP in Delhi, had the support of people from various sectors of the society. NRIs, engineers, journalists, government servants etc came to Delhi in large numbers ton extend their support to the the new party. Arvind Kejriwal, with his natural charisma, easily built a rapport with the 'Aam Aadmi' in the national capital, who were fed up with the corrupt government.
The party chief Arvind Kejriwal and his associates remind one of 'typical communists', with their simplicity and strong opinions.
AAP succeeded in leading a mass movement, involving people from various sectors of the society. By doing this, they filled the vacuum left by CPI (M) who has stayed largely inactive in recent times.
In Delhi, Left front had 12 candidates. Altogether, the party earned a few thousand votes. The party fielded 33 candidates in Rajasthan, where the electorate mainly consists of economically backward people. The party could hardly make an impact in the state.
In Chhattisgarh, a state where Maoists and naxalites have a stronghold, the party scored nothing.
Also, the party's election campaign was very sluggish.
Does this denote the end of Left front in India? With the surge of parties like AAP which can do a better job than the age-old communist party, it seems there is hardly any role for Left front to play.