PEOPLE ARE WATCHING CLOSELY MR. KERJRIWAL!

Well, there are many issues, many routine events and many developments – within a span of just six months – to write against the Aam Aadmi Pary and Arvind Kejriwal – that it, more than anything else, tells how fast has been the erosion of any value system – if the AAP had one.

It has been a rapid downward journey for the AAP since the historic high of February 2015 when it won a historical mandate cornering 67 of 70 seats in the Delhi assembly polls, improving miraculously on another miracle that it had thrown by emerging as the second largest party in 2013 assembly polls – just a year after its political foray.

Due to the turn of events, the AAP ended forming the government in Delhi. Then, the electorate had seen Congress’s support as the basic minimum to form the government and the AAP had tried to show that in spite of Congress’s support, the party was independently following its policies. The party had some tough questions to follow when it resigned in the name of ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’ because many saw it as an effort to try luck for greener pastures, i.e., prime-ministerial chair and the Lok Sabha elections.

Anyway, the party survived that. It miraculous electoral feat in February 2015 showed that. It also pushed the AAP to claim the legacy of the ’49 days’ that it was in the Delhi government during its first tenure.

But the aspirations, the hopes started taking a hit here – aspirations and hopes that gave the party such a rare, resounding mandate.

Arvind Kejriwal first got Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan kicked out of the party they had co-founded. Then he executed moves that told us that the AAP was fast becoming a party synonymous with Arvind Kejriwal and it had no political future without him.

And the process looks complete now.

No one in the AAP talks about the ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’ now.

Instead, Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers prefer to follow a politics of confrontation with the Narendra Modi led Union Government that has a direct political interest in Delhi and will try to exercise its power in whatever way possible through its representative, the Lieutenant-Governor.

Delhi is the national capital of India and therefore the Union Government needs to have deep stakes here. That makes Delhi a half-state for its elected government and like every government in Delhi, Kejriwal had to find a way out of it.

Instead, he chose to take on the Union Government asking for full statehood.

On August 14, his government will complete six months in office but he has nothing but empty rhetoric, spate of controversies and wasteful expenditure of public money in promoting a ‘Kejriwal cult’.

And what’s more, a fatigue is creeping in, to write even a critical piece on the AAP. The party that made ‘common man’ a leitmotif of its political rise needs to think how would it answer people who are increasing viewing it as just yet another political party with nothing new to offer. The AAP had promised change but the voter is finding the hard truth that the party has changed, and for worse. The AAP may or may not realize it but ‘uncommonness’ has become the new leitmotif of the party.

Voters are scrutinizing these developments. People are watching closely Mr. Kerjriwal!

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

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