Success is sweetest after toil. It is that singular moment when we taste the fruit of years of labour. Two parties shone in the recent Assembly Elections this year, taking political opposition by storm and breaching news barriers. Both were reaping the berry of years of hard work; the spade was first struck in 2012!Two momentous political episodes were birthed in 2012. It was the year when for the first time Narendra Modi’s ambition to become the Prime Minister of India came to light. That year in March, international magazine TIME put him on its cover. The message was that Modi had arrived. Not only was he a regional Tsar, but he had also carved a place in national and internal consciousness. A decade after the riots in Gujarat in 2002, the then British High Commissioner James Bevan finally held a meeting with Modi to do business and make investments, clearly signalling an end to the latter’s pariah status. Modi had previously been denied even a visa to visit the United States. Also in December of 2012, Modi had sought and won his fourth term as the Chief Minister of Gujarat when for the first time that his larger-than-life projection of speech was simulcast through a 3-D holograph. BJP, which was already on the ascent for over a decade and a half since Atal Bihari Vajpayee was first sworn in as Prime Minister in 1996 for 13 days. The party was making huge strides as a political alternative and now got a further fillip as a ‘party with a difference'. The country had taken up and noticed.The creation of AAP and the rise of Arvind KejriwalMeanwhile, in Delhi, another political personality was rising on the horizon. After the high pitched and extremely well-publicised 2011 anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal came into his own. Born in 1968 and educated at IIT, Kejriwal joined the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) but soon got sucked into social movements demanding the Right to Information Act, something for which he also won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006.Kejriwal quit his job the same year and took up full-time activism. He got his major break in 2011 when he came into the national limelight along with Kiran Bedi and Anna Hazare. Kejriwal used the launchpad to the hilt, starting his political party – the Aam Aadmi Party in 2012, thus not only ushering in a new era personally but also adding a fresh chapter to the politics of India. It might be recalled that the Jan Lokpal agitation or India Against Corruption (IAC) had seriously shaken up the UPA government and ordinary citizens had started looking for an alternative. It was a year when one after the other, skeletons were rolling out of the cupboard. In the infamous telecom scam in February 2012, the Supreme Court had cancelled 122 telecommunications licences awarded to companies in 2008 by DMK’s A Raja who was a part of then PM Manmohan Singh’s Cabinet, there was an Army bribery row over sub-standard trucks, a WikiLeaks on how Congress had bribed MPs with ‘chests of cash’ to win the no-confidence motion in 2008 and corruption charges related with Commonwealth Games. Considering that Dr Manmohan Singh had been reduced to a rubber stamp in his second term as PM, there was an impasse over governance and a flurry of scandals, new parties were primed in terms of timing to make a breakthrough.With the Jan Lokpal draft being rejected by the then government, Congress had challenged Kejriwal to take up the political gauntlet. Not only did Arvind Kejriwal float the Aam Aadmi Party on November 26, 2012, after a formal split of Team Anna, he proved detractors wrong who had dismissed him as a political novice. Within a year, AAP had made Delhi’s three-time CM Sheila Dikshit bite the dust during the 2013 Assembly Polls.