New Delhi: After the third mandate, many people may compare them with Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, many others may believe that Manish Sisodia is the de facto Chief Minister of Delhi. But above all these conspiracy theories, they are comrades-in-arms. Then and now. (Full coverage of Delhi Assembly Election 2020)

Soon after the Aam Aadmi Party emerged victorious with 62 out of 70 seats in Delhi assembly Election 2020, the AAP Twitter handle posted a throwback photo of Kejriwal and Sisodia — both in their youth, far away from politics. It was juxtaposed with a photo from yesterday — hugging, wearing wide smiles of success, camaraderie and trust.

 

The two go back a long way. 1998. Kejriwal was in Indian revenue Service and Manish Sisodia was a journalist. Their paths crossed when Sisodia, then a 26-year-old journalist, came across a news item about Parivartan, an organisation working to empower Delhi’s poor to fight corruption. Kejriwal was behind that organisation. They used to help people write perfect applications standing outside Delhi Vidyut Board so that they don’t have to pay bribe inside. The duo started working together though it was only after seven years that Manish Sisodia decided to quit his job and take a plunge in full-time activism. A few friends chipped in and raised fund to financially help Sisodia, he had said in many an interview. In 2006, the duo founded the Public Cause Research Foundation.

In 2012, Aam Aadmi Party was launched. it was a new wave. But it had its high and low. And Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia always had each other’s back.

The journey is still on.