Can Arvind Kejriwal change the system by joining politics?

From the shrill, oft-quoted rhetoric of accusing politicians of corruption, Arvind Kejriwal is now the next political leader in the making, and announced his foray into politics by making promises and asking people to pick him over existing political leaders.

But, does Arvind Kejriwal and his band of followers have it in them to engage in democratic politics? Is an honest anger against the malaise and corruption in the political establishment the only basis for a political party?

Is Arvind Kejriwal and Yogendra Yadav making the right move by joining politics? PTI

"The fight against corruption can't be the only thing for a political party. A political party is a party of governance. They should have a positive agenda. Right now, Arvind's idea of bringing power to the people sounds like rhetoric," said Harish Salve, Former Solicitor General of India, told CNN-IBN.

Salve said there was presently a lot of disjunction between what what is required in political parties, and what they stand for.

However, noted psephologist Yogendra Yadav, who has also been openly backing Kejriwal's initiative,  says this situation is the result of a time lag in understanding language of a movement and a party

"Anger alone is counter-productive. But then given our history of sangharsh (struggle) in politics, thinking of governance alone could spell the death of politics," Yadav, member of IAC and senior fellow at Centre for Developing Societies in Delhi, said. .

When asked how IAC was planning to fight elections, Yogendra Yadav said that it would be unfair to believe that they would win elections in a day.

"We want to know whether small political parties can change the rules of the game," he said.

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