ARVIND KEJRIWAL IS A RELIEVED SOUL TODAY

Arvind Kejriwal is a relieved soul now. The present Delhi assembly is going to be dissolved. After months of suspense, that was itself pushed into suspended animation regularly, the air got clear yesterday with BJP saying no to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor on prospects of forming the government.

And with it, the prospect of exploring prospects of forming a government in Delhi based on the outcome of December 2013 assembly polls got the final burial.

Kejriwal’s prime-ministerial ambitions had pushed him to junk the Delhi government in February but the move badly backfired. And it put in motion many things, including the increasing reluctance of TV cameras to chase and follow him. Soon, he was pushed to the oblivion of the political news coverage.

These eight months have seen ups and downs of political notes on chances of government formation in Delhi. Both the sides capable of forming the government, AAP and BJP, tried their manoeuvrings to squeeze in the numbers to form the government but in the end circumstances pushed them to shield behind the so-called ‘high moral ground’.

AAP jumped to it first. BJP came later on, riding high on Modi Wave delivering Haryana and Maharashtra to the party.

But, all this while, cameras remained shy of Kejriwal, irrespective of him writing to the L-G conveying that AAP was exploring avenues to form the government in Delhi again or Kejriwal sweeping or the drain on October 2, when Narendra Modi launched the ‘Clean India Campaign’ or Kejriwal trying to score high based on the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls where its vote share increased. All this while, it remained dry for Kejriwal. Given the status of media following he enjoyed, he was reduced to a level even inferior to an occasional political newsmaker.

But, the exile ended today after its script was written yesterday. Kejriwal is back. He is giving interviews. He is hitting back on his political opponents. He is claiming to win clear majority in the upcoming polls. He is speaking the way he had been speaking when he was in news. In fact, he is the same Kejriwal who dumped the Delhi electorate. Nothing much has changed in these eight months.

Hope, he will keep on repeating his apology on deserting Delhi so soon and so immaturely, because he believes his party has real chances of scoring well in Delhi and he is a position to give BJP a tough fight.

Many others including BJP, political analysts and newsmaking machinery believe in this as well and so, Kejriwal is going to remain in news, at least till the time the results are announced.

And that period began today. The relieved and happy Kejriwal would be found geared up 24/7, now onward, with his muffler and his cap. And given the season of the year, winter is beginning in Delhi with temperature coming down, the seasonal change is ripe to reintroduce the coughing element.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/