AAP’s brush with controversies can be seen in the allegations put over the party, and they in turn, tell how the party is evolving (or devolving with time).
During its foundation years, the party was basically embroiled in ideological and financial controversies.
The ideological rifts made many activist brethren of India Against Corruption, the umbrella outfit to organize the 2011 anti-corruption movement, to walk away from the group of Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Many like Captain Gopinath or Anjali Damania or Mayank Gandhi left the party on ideological plank only. Some other like Kiran Bedi or Shazia Ilmi who were there together in the movement chose to migrate to different political ideologies.
Along with these ideological contradictions, the allegations of financial impropriety had a continued run – basically about financial mismanagement and laundering of IAC funds and about AAP’s sources of political funding.
With the formation of the first AAP government in Delhi, the party saw the minor controversies like Rakhi Bidlan antics but there were effectively taken care of by AAP’s populist anti-VIP measures.