Arvind Kejriwal, the eighth, the youngest and the second time Delhi chief minister has not kept any department with him.
It may be a well thought step for some sincere reasons, if they are indeed the underlying reasons here.
A massive mandate like this, 67 of the 70 assembly seats, comes with equally high expectations.
The mandate has also shown the public is getting impatient and the window of time that a political party has to deliver is getting unpredictably short. Delhi, being seen as run by the BJP under the Central rule, has said Narendra Modi decisively that his government’s performance is not in line with the promises made. And it thought eight months were enough to judge it.
….not in line with the promises made — now that is a dreaded proposition with an electorate getting more demanding and thus reactive to express the displeasure….
Politicians must perform and need to come out with a high percentage mark-sheet.
After what happened to the prospects of the BJP in Delhi, and with the huge responsibility that comes with a massive mandate like this, Kejriwal must act ‘miraculously, or in a way so far not witnessed in Indian politics’ to meet the expectations.
And he needs to do so within the span that the public decides for him – to build on the ‘miraculous’ mandate, as he defined it thanking God – to save his political constituency.
Being in Delhi, every act of the Aam Aadmi Party government will face heavy media scrutiny and even a slight error would be enough to incite the chain of events potent enough to dent the credibility of the government. After all, Kejriwal should not have forgotten the huge public backlash last year after he decided to accept the VIP accommodation as Delh’s CM while deriding others for the same.
Kejriwal’s overseer act as the chief minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi can be seen from this paradigm.
He needs to see the resources – financial capital, social capital and manpower – are to be optimized for maximum output – and implementation must be swift and credible and honest.
And probably, he thought the best way to ensure that was to ensure that others follow the way ahead with ‘zero error and total precision’ commitment and a taskmaster was needed to keep them in line.
Probably, Arvind Kejriwal saw that taskmaster in himself.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey–/