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Within few days of Arvind Kejriwal becoming the chief minister of Delhi, huge posters of the ‘politician and the chief minister with a difference’ cropped up in the national capital.

The typical feature of these posters was the presence of a messianic sort of Arvind Kejriwal (but in common man outfits) photograph covering half of the space with the other half having text trying to establish Kejriwal as the only deliverer – from bad – and almost everything in the existing system was bad – and the only answer was Arvind Kejriwal.

That was a clear cut attempt to induce a political cult around Arvind Kejriwal. It may be an entirely different matter that who all were behind such exercises (the exercises still seeing efforts) but it was clear that it had acceptance (and thrust) of Mr. Arvind Kejriwal.

And that love for ‘the cult of Arvind Kejriwal’ is undoing the most recent (and successfully launched) political experiment of India, the Aam Aadmi Party, and the politics of Arvind Kejriwal as well.

This ‘cultist’ mentality was opposite to what all AAP and Arvind Kejriwal had promised to be.

AAP was born out of an anti-corruption movement by the civil society, and though had opportunist elements since the beginning, had sincere and independent members as well.

And the fad for the ‘Kejriwal cult’ pushed each of them out of the party. The genuine members with an intent to do something left on their own.

The names that had got into the company for selfish political reasons but could not stand the Kejriwal style were forced out.

The outburst by Shanti Bhushan, the senior most and the founder member of AAP, against Arvind Kejriwal could have been in making for days. Yes, Bhushans are not to be kept in the league of Captain Gopinath or other pre-AAP members who left the anti-corruption movement due to Arvind Kejriwal, but being from the central group that formed strategized the movement and that formed the party, they carry weight.

And the outburst by Shanti Bhushan only reinforces that efforts are still on to make AAP synonymous with Arvind Kejriwal and AAP’s politics with Arvind Kejriwal style of politics where the line begins and ends with Arvind Kejriwal.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –

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