Is it a game of any sort?
Okay, it may be said to be a politically smart move to push the ball again in the public’s court on forming the next government in Delhi, but the way things have moved so far, this move, too, sounds as yet another sham of the political theatre of the absurd.
We will take support. We will not take support. The theatrics – pre-poll and post-poll – continue – players remain the same – equations have changed.
Talking of taking a stand – they all talked so – pre-poll and post-poll. Okay, remaining firm on the stand taken – it was never to be expected from Congress and BJP but AAP was not expected to backtrack, because it signified the basic weaving of the new political outfit’s poll plank – anti-Congress, anti-BJP, in fact anti-establishment for the system of governance being practiced by the mainstream political parties.
But, no one including AAP took any stand it can be said now. AAP did not have to do it. It should have said a clear no to forming the government on December 8 itself. It did say ‘no’ many times post the assembly election results but there was always an implicit willingness to keep the possibility alive.
And now it is clear, out in the open. AAP took a stand that could not stand on its own.
As if these 8 days since December 8 were not enough for absurd developments, we came across one more yesterday when Arvind Kejriwal said AAP would seek public’s opinion on taking support from Congress and forming the government.
It is funny. It is absurd. And it paints AAP in a negative hue. The first mistake they have already made by agreeing to extend the conversation on taking support from Congress. The second is this one.
It’s like falling in a trap. The results of this uncalled-for ‘referendum’ are more than clear. If it says to go ahead, it will be backtracking on a pivotal stand taken in the very beginning of a political journey that began with the promise of doing it ‘differently’ from others. If it says no, it would involve risks of misreading and misjudging the public’s sentiment because such a random opinionating cannot replace a poll outcome, the outcome that says AAP should not form the government in Delhi.
For AAP, it has to be more about ideological than political, the way they talk to change the politics of the country.
Mr. Kejriwal, it’s not a game. This one-week window and pushing the onus on public to justify your decision and the intent of it may sound politically smart but it is a clear letdown ideologically.
Hope, you and AAP realize it soon.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/