GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014
Before December 8, 2013 happened that gave him the chief minister’s chair of Delhi, something that he had not even imagined, something that he later on sabotaged:
- A person who was incorruptible
- A person who braved adversities to take on challenges
- A person who, though slightly confused, was fighting for a cause
- A person who believed in taking on the System for the common man
- A person who, no doubt, was ambitious, but his ambitions looked aligned to the cause
- A person who was a good strategist and knew how to take on the politicians he was fighting
- Though he regularly spoke beyond the threshold decorum of the situations he was speaking on, he never sounded incredible; his intent of sincerity was well received
- There were complaints of him acting unilaterally but it was well within his perceived image of an honest social activist turned politician (and who doesn’t have idiosyncrasies)
After December 28 happened when he began his term in the office of the chief minister of Delhi riding high on the public trust something that he compromised after 49 days in the office. In these 49 days, he and his party (Aam Aadmi Party) were regularly involved in controversies that were like acts of blasphemy by him after the unprecedented trust shown in him by the electorate of Delhi.
The series of debacles (deliberate and uncontrolled) gave wave for him to manipulate the Delhi mandate to push his agenda of national politics.
The 49 days in the Delhi government and the days after that have given us valid points to question character and intent of Arvind Kejriwal and with each passing day and political controversy, the nations is looking at him as someone more and more as contrary to what he promised to be.
- A person who could not remain incorruptible – it is not just about financial aspects – his acts of making false claims, his acts of supporting wrongs of his party members – his acts of not ensuring the highest standards of probity in the public life
- A person who ran away from challenges – after the audacious and shameless act of (im)morality in resigning from the Delhi government – an act that compromised the cause of the common man – his political ambitions clearly overrode the aspirations of the social activist in him
- A person who dared to take on the System to cleanse it – but very soon was co-opted by it
- A person who made compromises easily to further his political agenda
- A person with a dictatorial mindset – his increasingly dictatorial style of running his party as flood of such reports and regular exodus of his party members suggest – his incessant ‘I am always right’ rant – his increasingly visible temperamental, volatile and stubborn personality
- A person who was a poor strategist who didn’t know how to value the trust shown by the public in him and how to make it the cornerstone of his politics
- A person with all the traits of an Indian politician we all so deeply despise – his deepening style of ‘hit and run’ politics – charging others with wild allegations (without any proof, as has become his trademark) – attacking anyone who criticises him – using undemocratic words to threaten his critics (like his ‘jailing the media’ outburst)
A person who didn’t know how to practice of probity while taking on the corruption politicians – he increasingly looks one among them now!!
There have been disturbing changes on the outlook of the perceptible elements about the persona of Arvind Kejriwal in just three months!!
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/