GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014
Arvind Kejriwal is in Varanasi – worn-out news, isn’t it?
Let’s see what other interesting stuff he succeeds in creating to remain in news during his days of campaigning in the city the spirit, the flow of which is entirely different from the type of politics Kejriwal has been doing since December 8, 2013 when his Aam Aadmi Party delivered an unexpected performance in the Delhi assembly polls.
Arvind Kejriwal began his initiation in the Temple Town with its temples, a move that every worn-out class of politician (Kejriwal is fighting against, to cleanse the System free of them) aspiring to eke out a political career from Varanasi does.
He took a dip in the Ganga. He visited the temples of Kashi Vishwanath and Kaal Bhairav to have blessings. So, he tried to address the Hindu sentiments in the religious capital of Hinduism.
Now, the secularist in him needed to visit a Muslim religious place to balance the score as Muslims account for almost 17 percent of the vote share. But he fell short of planning here. He didn’t do it. (It tells he is not a fully worn-out politician yet).
The electoral Karma of Kejriwal then took him to the Benia Bagh Park. Benia Bagh is a congested Muslim locality with its narrow stretch of main road in a perpetual traffic jam mode. Even the passing traffic looks like a rally as one of my batch-mates from BHU said.
Being a Muslim locality, a congested narrow stretch of road and a small park should have made the park ideal choice for Kejriwal who would be banking on the Muslim votes to challenge Narendra Modi from the city to start his show.
Kejriwal led a road show to the park to gather the required crowd for the voice vote referendum on his candidature from Varanasi.
The road show on the narrow stretch of road from Lahurabir to Benia Bagh had more policemen than the public as the participants. And like the typical trademark Kejriwal events, eggs and ink were thrown on Kejriwal and his cavalcade (no other politician attracts perpetrators of these acts this much!).
It seems the failure to visit a Muslim religious place hit Kejriwal’s plan. His supporters had claimed to have a crowd of one lakh. The permission taken was for 20,000. The crowd in the park was sparse and remained thin till end when he formally announced to contest from Varanasi.
There are contradicting claims on the strength of the crowd but the consensus reads it about 6,000-8,000. But even if it was 25,000-30,000, that also was nowhere near to the claims. It was when much of the crowd was imported as reported.
The effect of all this was visible.
Kejriwal’s words and body language, at the end of his first day in Varanasi, said he had already conceded defeat – on his very first day in Varanasi – the thin crowd even in a Muslim locality – it’s written on the wall for him!! No tweets on the grand success of his rally last evening, was most unlikely of him.
But how can he accept it. That would kill the spirit of his party at a time when the election campaigning is entering its most decisive phase. He had to charge it up again to remain vocal, to claim many more claims.
To remain in news – yes, so after a dull first day – on the 2nd day of his stay there, a stay that should be more like a sojourn or a spiritual and religious stopover, for his itinerary so far, he came with his brilliant assessment yesterday, much like his voice vote referendum in the partially filled Benia Bagh park on his first day when he said Narendra Modi was losing in Varanasi and the BJP’s prime-ministerial candidate should concentrate on Vadodara, his second seat.
And so, we had his tweets yesterday, questioning and claiming, unlike his first evening in Varanasi.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/