It was a tough job in 2011, during the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare the centre of which was Delhi that has earned the Aam Aadmi Party this unprecedented success in the recently concluded Delhi assembly polls.
It was that symbolism of being an anti-corruption activist, the operating mind behind the 2011 achievement, with an honest intent to correct the prevailing wrongs in the Indian politics coupled with the high anti-incumbency against Congress that led to the support-swell to AAP.
If the Delhi electorate has given such an unprecedented support to AAP, in spite of the not-so-convincing role of Arvind Kejriwal in abandoning that 2011 anti-corruption movement, it tells how frustrated the electorate has become the existing political lot and how big a responsibility Mr. Kejriwal is carrying.
But the way AAP and Arvind Kejriwal set look to move, it tells more of an attitude on looking at the huge public support as ‘easy votes’ and it gives a feeling that somehow, they have stumbled upon a magical formula of manipulating the populist polices to appeal to the intended sections of the voters. The way they have moved on power and water tariff and VIP culture in Delhi, it seems the concept of ‘easy votes’ might well be the focus of their strategy in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
What the AAP government has done in the name of power and water tariff is more on the line of Congress politics manipulating different sub-sets of votebanks, doling out sops to some at the cost of some others, to appeal to the voters with populist measures.
But the electorate of India is not electorate of Delhi. Even the Delhi electorate may not give AAP the next chance if the symbolism fails.
Also, the urban, the youth, the corporate, the educated lot, that AAP is intending to target, can easily read and react accordingly the way AAP moves on delivering on its promises in Delhi.
That has to be free of the class-oriented votebank politics. Mr. Kejriwal, don’t move in the trap of addressing a section of voters at the cost of the other. It is the dirty game being practiced for years by the political parties you are targeting.
Mr. Kejriwal, beware of the risks involved.
Preserving the sanctity of the high symbolism is even tougher a job than winning so many seats in the Delhi assembly polls and riding to the Delhi Secretariat as its top functionary.
Mr. Kejriwal did have a taste of it. Isn’t it?
The social media backlash on his 6000 Sq Feet palatial set of twin duplexes in one of the poshest localities of Delhi, after which Kejriwal was forced to say no to, even after agreeing to move in, is a clear warning signal.
Tougher task ahead, Mr. Kejriwal! Beware and tread cautiously.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/