AAP BEGAN WITH RIGHT CREDENTIALS BUT WRONG INTENTIONS

Today once again confirmed that the Aam Aadmi Party will never learn its lessons and if its fall from grace continues at the same rate, it is going to be doomed soon.

The party has, literally, become a laughing stock. Instead of inspecting (and introspecting) on why it is losing polls (and losing humiliatingly), the party is busy in playing a game of political mudslinging.

And when it happened in Delhi, where it had registered two unexpected and stupendous victories in two years but lost its constituency by its second year in the office, when it saw a humiliating loss in the Delhi local polls last months, the message was clear and bold.

Shape in our shape out. Perform or perish. You have been given more than enough benefit of doubt. Now there is no time left.

But the drama that the whole party enacted in the Delhi assembly today, on once again blaming the EVMs for their electoral failures and therefore blaming the BJP led central government and the Election Commission of India, once again reinforced the feeling that the party is going to bust in the days ahead.

Because, it has its origins in people’s expectations, in hopes of the crushed classes and masses and in silent but desperate cries of the millions of commoners who are blamed to live a cursed life in a society that is still learning how to treats its basic unit – those commoners only.

When the AAP formed a political outfit some five years ago, it was then a logical extension of the anti-corruption movement that had given this bunch of people credibility.

When it first faltered in February 2014, leaving Delhi, that had shown its trust on the party by giving it a stunning debut, to score bigger victories the 2014 parliamentary polls, it was still seen as an experimental streak of activists who were doing some soul searching on the political turf to get accustomed to its bylanes.

When the party registered even bigger a victory, that was almost absolute, in February 2015, in Delhi, it showed Delhi still saw its diversions as experimental aberrations.

But the fall from grace had started much earlier. The second term of the AAP has only removed those doubts that gave the AAP benefit of doubt.

In just five years, the AAP has become anti-thesis to everything it promised to stand for.

The first, and in fact, the only question, the question of life and death, that was and that is for the AAP, is whether it could walk the extremely fragile ground of expectations – where it had to fight against its internal and external elements who erred even slightly – because such journeys begin from home only.

And five years down the line, it is now an unquestioned fact that the AAP began with right credentials but with wrong intentions.

Had it not been so, it would not have converted so soon into a one-man party.

Had it not been so, it would not have thought of moving out of Delhi so soon, when it had no party base and structure in other states, before it could prove itself in Delhi, a must to say thanks to Delhi for reposing its faith in the party, in spite of its act of betrayal.

Had it not been so, it would not have tolerated even a single case of political impropriety and corruption, something that the party is plagued with now.

Had it not been so, it would never have accepted deserters and controversial persons from other parties, like it did in hordes.

Had it not been so, Kejriwal himself would have resigned or offered to resigns than seeing the likes Kiran Bedi, Shazia Ilmi, Prashant Bhushan, Mayank Gandhi, Captain Gopinath and many more leaving the party.

Had it not been so, it would not have become elitist and so VIP that it never cares for the people in real need even if you make desperate cries for help.

Had it not been so, Arvind Kejriwal would have resigned much earlier taking responsibility over the allegations of political impropriety, elitism, nepotism and corruption in the party, and it, in fact, would have raised his credibility.

The party never sounded like it is reshaping and reinventing itself. It never looks life performing. It looks like a bunch of people who are always ready to engage in vocal fights, even on the slightest pretext and with utter disregard for the norms of civilized debates.

To sum up, they have become totally what they came to change. They have become so routine now that they look like just another political party. And when they are just another political party with no base and significant membership even in its birthplace, why would people care for it, why would people elect them?

This is the question that should haunt them. This is the question that should give them humility now. This is the question that should be at the core of their introspection. The scores of political and electoral losses should guide them. But today’s drama in the Delhi assembly tells us that they have become so self-obsessed that they are not seeing their imminent fate ahead.

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AAP: THE PARTY OF SELF-GOALS

Ironic but it is true – as clearly written as the fact that the Aam Aadmi Party government is all ‘clear’ to remain in office in Delhi till February 2020.

Though its implications are as vague as the availability of political alternatives during any political election event in India!

After 10 months in the political office, it is now well established that AAP is a ‘hit and run’ or ‘shoot and scoot’ party with only ‘misses’ to its credit – a confirmation to something that was so far considered experimental inexperience or acceptable lapse of an honest intent.

That is gone now. The AAP government in Delhi in its second tenure has overrode and overwritten any and every positive in this regard.

We all now know, and know for good, that the party has always used this ‘hit and run’ as its strategy to score self-goals, to score political mileage, without considering values of political probity (and propriety) and without thinking about what will happen to the ‘cause of the politics of change’ – because they have failed miserably in proving their ‘grand allegations and charges on others’ so far – compounded with their rapid decline on ‘universal parameters of the politics of ethics’.

They will be hoping to hit the bull’s-eye and open their account, at least now, with verbal volleys and press conferences (with borrowed documents) in their trade-mark (and jaded) ways to level allegations of corruption against Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister. The matter pertains to ‘massive’ corruption allegations in DDCA (Delhi & District Cricket Association). Arun Jatley was DDCA president from 1999 to 2013 and AAP, Congress, Kirti Azad, former cricketer and BJP MP, Bishen Singh Bedi, former cricketer and many others have alleged that ‘DDCA had become a ‘den of corruption’ while Jaitley was the topmost functionary of the body’.

Well, the truth, if at all has to come out, will come with time and for now, it is indeed a grey area with loads of questions (and qualified suspicion) on AAP’s intentions that it is trying to defend Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary and is thus trying to deflect the course of intense debate around the issue. And to complicate the matter further, AAP doesn’t seem to have done its groundwork. Instead, it has taken help of documents on the DDCA scam that are already in the public domain while its response on allegations on Kejriwal’s PS has been nothing but a bunch of blatant ‘we are right, come what may’ statements.

Especially in the context of AAP’s long history of ‘hit and run’ allegations!

Like they always do with media outfits – their AAP bias and support for Narendra Modi. Based on its convenience and coverage on it, AAP has time and again alleged media outlets of targeting AAP by taking money from other political outfits – only to do blatant U-turns later.

The farmer suicide episode during AAP’s ‘Jantar Mantar’ rally is again a slap in the face of the party. AAP blamed the Delhi Police for ‘not acting in time to prevent suicide of the farmer, Gajendra Singh, but later on Arvind Kejriwal apologised for continuing with his speech even after Gajendra Singh had died.

Then there are ‘AAP allegations on Robert Vadra, Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra’s irrigation scam, his allegations against corporate houses and corporate scams, his allegations on Narendra Modi’s government in Gujarat and so on.

And mind you (anyway, most already know) that the party has earned a ‘logical notoriety’ of oversimplifying matters for political mileage, levelling allegations while on the go, never bothering to go deeper to dig facts and never bothering to go in the courts to get them proved.

But what once happened to be a strategic asset for the party with goals to achieve – to speak ferociously and consistently while pushing forward allegations of corruption in a matter – now looks like the party is ‘sounding phoney and is shouting over the top’ – and is trying to score political goals in every possible political development – with empty rhetoric, forgotten promises, forgotten values, unilateralism, authoritarianism and routine political sham – a rapid decline.

And it all has reduced the most promising political entrant in India’s recent political history into a party that is self-obsessed and is not realizing that such spectacles by it are now seen as scoring self-goals only.

Self-goals that are ultimately going to be its nemesis!

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AAP: THE RAPID DECLINE

It has become quite an expected spectacle – recurring regularly – and every next time, it sounds more phoney than its previous role-play – entire gamut of AAP leaders (Aam Aadmi Party) coming in a huddle whenever there is any political or (administrative development) that goes against them or whenever anyone from AAP, including Arvind Kejriwal, is targeted – and launching a coordinated verbal tirade in full force against whosoever they feel is coming in their way.

In their way – now that may be interpreted in varied ways – and in the prevailing political circumstances – everyone, irrespective of the side of the controversy he or she is – feels that he or she is entitled to have his or her own way – and that the way he or she reacts is right and politically correct.

But what is interesting and (morally demotivating) in the case of AAP is that it is a party that had claimed skies on corruption while canvassing for votes but has done everything that is a sheer antithesis to that and that will ultimately prove its nemesis.

AAP must not forget that its rapid, miraculous political rise may well see a rapid decline if it keeps on betraying the stakeholders who voted for it – the common men.

And the party faces this clear and present danger – now in most clear and unequivocal terms.

AAP has presented before its voters a face that is largely elitist – making mockery of the values that it claimed enshrined its organizational constitution and even the name (Aam Aadmi Party – the party of the common men).

And the people Arvind Kejriwal and his party have defended vehemently, including his tainted former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, have proved him wrong, time and again.

The party that had begged for another chance in Delhi and the party that had begged another chance in the name of the ‘common man’, has openly (and shamelessly) embraced a VIP culture that includes many hostile, ‘un-common-manesque’ incidents including the recent move of hiking MLA salary by 400% and the now ‘famous flip-flop on the Jan Lokpal Bill’.

When Delhi’s voters had given AAP another chance after its act of betrayal in February 2014 when Arvind Kejriwal had deserted Delhi to milk his prime-ministerial ambitions in Varanasi, what was on their mind was a regime and its governance based on concerns for ordinary folks in the street – and not what were the routine political promises.

In a sense, the unique strength that AAP had was its ‘inexperience’ in the political office and in the ‘political culture’.

But after AAP was given another chance by the electorate in Delhi in February 2015, we came to know the AAP members were inexperienced not in just ‘political culture and political office’, but they also lacked the conviction to ‘engage in constructive politics’.

And their ‘unwillingness’ to engage in ‘constructive politics and meaningful governance’ to gain the experience that will be ‘morally, socially and politically correct’ is proving a nightmare now.

Since their second inauguration in the national capital, AAP has been in news for wrong reasons mostly. The party has preferred to engage in confrontational politics with the Union Government, and buoyed by the experience of playing the ‘victim card’ in the assembly polls, it has decided to present itself as ‘facing brunt of its political opponents’ and as the sole champion of the ’cause of the common man’ in Indian politics.

But the party has consistently failed to go beyond mere rhetoric and words. The party, so far, has shown a shameless penchant in ‘not transforming’ its words (promises) into action. And as the time is passing, people are seeing through this charade.

After all, if they can show door to BJP in just nine months (through the Union Government rule in Delhi by its representative, the Lieutenant-Governor), why can’t they do the same with AAP? Yes, it is true that AAP is safely home, in Delhi assembly, for five years, but that cannot prevent people from making opinion against it.

The sad thing is, the party is not realizing it – and is thus increasingly getting irrelevant to the ’cause of the politics of change’ India desperately needs.

Instead, they are busy in playing dirty politics – using abusive words like ‘coward and psychopath for the elected prime minister of India’ – and making such a language synonymous with their political culture – using abusive and confrontational language in their day to day politics. With all merits, we can safely say that AAP spokespersons sound most sceptical and senseless in any ongoing political debate these days – ever since the party got another chance in Delhi.

And at times, when they are caught red handed and on the other side of the law, like it happened in Jitender Tomar case or in today’s case of raid against the Principal Secretary of Arvind Kerjriwal, their ‘we are right, come what may’ attitude deteriorates into a panic response that doesn’t consider anything and just spews and spews verbal volleys of distracted and misplaced opinions (or rants to be precise).

By their acts so far, they are proving the Delhi electorate wrong.

Well, this is certainly not political anarchy, the way political anarchy is known as!

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Featured Image Courtesy: Arvind Kejriwal’s Twitter page

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ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE HAPPENED TO BE AN ‘AAM AADMI’!

ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WAS AN ‘AAM AADMI’

Once upon a time, during initial days of his political career, the ‘Aam Aadmi’ of Delhi, with a pan-India ambition, saw the opportunity in quickly metamorphosing his ‘activism to political activism’.

Once upon a time, there came a day, in an ‘alternative-hungry’ country, when he reaped unexpectedly rich dividend, taking his entourage to power corridors of Delhi.

Once upon a time, during those days of his first stint with ‘political power’, he realized his aspirations were much bigger and Delhi’s office was much smaller.

Once upon a time, after a brief experiment with his political initiation and the experience thereof, that ‘Aam Aadmi’ came to the conclusion that he had a distinct advantage that placed him in a better position – something that other ‘mainstream’ politicians couldn’t use – he could brand his style of politics as ‘political activism’ and he went to the extent to use such words like ‘anarchy’ or indulged in ‘unlawful but populist’ acts.

Once upon a time, there came a day, when he left people of Delhi for greener political pastures.

Once upon a time, after deserting Delhi, he saw the next big opportunity in Varanasi, but the decision backfired.

Once upon a time, after his political initiation and political experiences in Delhi and Varanasi, he was left with no other option but to head back to Delhi, the city that he had just deserted.

Once upon a time, while thinking so, he was also supported by such thoughts like what he did was quite common in Indian politics and with his ‘skill of saying sorry’, he could resuscitate his ‘political career’ in Delhi again.

Once upon a time, there came a time, after his ‘profuse flow of sorrys’, when Delhi not only resuscitated him, but made him the absolute ‘political king’ for five years. Obviously his political rival, including BJP and Congress, helped significantly in it.

Once upon a time, after regaining his political career and Delhi’s power corridors, that ‘Aam Aadmi’ decided it was ‘the time’ to come out of the garb of ‘political activism’ and practice ‘mainstream Indian politics’ full time.

Once upon a time, there came a day in his almost three year old political career, when that ‘Aam Aadmi’ had the opportunity to shed his ‘mainstream political inhibitions’ finally.

Once upon a time, the day came finally in his ‘political life’ when he graduated to the grand narrative of Indian politics by throwing away people who could pose challenge to his hold over the party of ‘Aam Aadmis’ – and he did so in style and in one go.

Once upon a time, there came the day when he could finally crush the internal democracy in his party of ‘Aam Aadmis’.

Once upon a time, there came a time in his almost three year old political career, when that ‘Aam Aadmi’ felt now was the time go full time ‘VVIP’.

Once upon a time, there came the next step in the political career of that ‘Aam Aadmi’ when he started acting, sounding and practicing ‘Khaas Aadmi’ the way Indian politicians do.

Once upon a time, while conceptualizing his future political roadmap, that ‘Khaas Aam Aadmi’ thought he could still follow greener pastures and the best way to do so was sounding ‘Delhiite’, while at the same time, engaging in confrontational politics with other ‘powers-that-be’.

Once upon a time, there came a time when that ‘Khaas Aam Aadmi’ began on the next step of his political journey in full throttle, junking all his previous promises that he made in the name of ‘political activism’- VIP culture, Jan Lokpal, anti-corruption fight, Aam Aadmi sort of life style, etc.

*’Aam Aadmi’ – Common Man
**’Khaas Aam Aadmi’ – Special Common Man

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ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WAS AN ‘AAM AADMI’

Once upon a time, there was an ‘Aam Aadmi’.

Once upon a time, he sounded like an ‘Aam Aadmi’.

Once upon a time, he decided to fight for some cause.

Once upon a time, he decided that the cause would be the ‘Aam Aadmi’.

Once upon a time, there came a time, when he started extending his fight through television sets.

Once upon a time, there came a time, when he thought enough was enough.

Once upon a time, there came a day, when saw the next opportunity to further the cause.

Once upon a time, on one fine day, he decided the board a Delhi Metro train to Noida.

Once upon a time, on that day, and the days that followed, he kept himself absorbed in an assignment to raise a moment.

Once upon a time, during those days of intense conceptualizing, some people along with Anna Hazare came together and formed a group to start an anti-corruption struggle.

Once upon a time, there came a time in his life, when he could successfully be the part of that group where all claimed to be ‘Aam Aadmis’ and they identified an issue that ‘resonates with every ‘Aam Aadmi’ in India – corruption’.

Once upon a time, at that time, they chose to name their movement ‘Jan Lokpal’ agitation.

Once upon a time, under the banner of that movement, the team of ‘Aam Aadmis’ could build a strong anti-corruption movement mobilizing people across the country.

Once upon a time, with that movement, the team of ‘Aam Aadmis’ could force the government of the day to come to the negotiating table.

Once upon a time, there came a day, when that ‘Aam Aadmi’ could see the next opportunity – the opportunity that required him to take a different approach from some of his teammates.

Once upon a time, there came a day, when that ‘Aam Aadmi’ saw where the ‘next’ opportunity could take him and he decided to take political plunge.

Once upon a time, there came a day, when that ‘Aam Aadmi’ formed the ‘Aam Aadmi Party’.

Once upon a time, there came a day, very early in his political career, when he saw his emergence as the most popular leader of that ‘Aam Aadmi Party’.

Once upon a time, during initial days of his political initiation, he felt the need to draw his preferences accordingly.

To continue..

ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE HAPPENED TO BE AN ‘AAM AADMI’!

*’Aam Aadmi’ – Common Man

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AAP FAILS TO CRACK DUSU POLLS: FIRST BIG SYMBOLIC POLITICAL LOSS

Arvind Kejriwal – Delhi’s chief minister – now synonymous with the newest entrant in national politics, the Aap Aadmi Party – after he executed a deliberate purge to remove his political opponents and potential threats from the party. He is very active on social media the nation knows it. But there are no tweets on it. His Twitter page on September 12 has four tweets – but nothing not on it.

On September 1, he had tweeted, while conveying his ‘heartfelt’ thanks to some folks for a ‘rockstar-esque’ show to formally unveil the AAP’s student wing, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) – Thanx @VishalDadlani, @AstitvaTheBand, @shilparao11, @jasleenroyal n @tweetfromRaghu for supporting honest politics n for always being there

On the same day, he ‘proudly’ retweeted a report with his photograph addressing the CYSS ‘rock concert’.

Manish Sisodia – Delhi’s deputy chief minister and Arvind Kejriwals’s most trusted ‘yes man’. Like his boss Arvind Kejriwal, like his party and like his other party members, he, too, has sustained social media presence. The ‘expressivity’ there – direct on intended – happens in real time. But his Twitter page, too, is black on it, in spite of being well populated. His Twitter handle, so far, has failed to express his conscious with no tweets – in fact his Twitter page has no tweets on September 12 when the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election results were announced.

Nagender Sharma – media advisor of Arvind Kejriwal – loads of retweets and some tweets on September 12 and 13 but nothing on this humiliating loss, yes humiliating, in DUSU polls – after much pomp and show, hype and claims – anyway, by the very nature of his job, he is compelled to reply to or write only the stuff that keeps his party in good light.

Irrespective of what they have been saying (or claiming the sky), or not saying now, the results of the DUSU polls are the most potent symbolism of the fact that people are moving away from the AAP, from the promises it made, from the hopes it raised – the hopes that look compromised now, with the party just seven months into the government.

Like manipulative seasoned politicians, and not like what they had claimed to be when they were asking for votes in the Delhi assembly election, what is expected from the AAP is a measured silence on this debacle followed by lame justifications and sham denials.

Downward spiral for the party began soon after Arvind Kejriwal took over as the chief minister of Delhi again in February this year. With 67 out of 70 seats in the Delhi assembly, he soon started acting unilaterally, silencing and sacking voices he didn’t feel comfortable with. What was more disturbing was the attitude. He and his party did all the anti-common men acts displaying a sort of indifference towards the moral ethos of honest politics.

There was no rush to act anti-VIP this time. Ministers and legislators happily accepted accommodations and vehicles. People from the world over all flocking to India for healthcare facilities and it means the problems that derails with our public healthcare system is hurting from within. Well, we all know that, including the AAP leaders. Yet, its two leaders, one Delhi minister and other a non-minister but enjoying ministerial rank salary, chose to fly to the United Kingdom to study healthcare system there, obviously in the name of introducing those ‘better practices’ back home – when Delhi boasts one of the best civic amenities in India and the problems that beset it require an internal rectification.

Apart from many ministers, there are pseudo-ministers, and loads of them, enjoying full time legislative salaries (the money that could have been spent on public welfare). There have been and there are elements of confrontational politics dominating the governance in Delhi. There are sky high promises made during the campaigning phase, but as the time is passing, people are realizing that they were nothing but poll gimmicks.

Gimmicks, like this one, the rockstar-esque show to formally introduce to the world the ‘CYSS’ some days back. A fat sum went into organizing the show but the party leaders marketed it in the name of ‘honest politics’ – even if such events pollute student politics. Well, it could have looked an ‘honest attempt’ had it not been for the dazzling rock concert associated with it giving a rock star welcome to Arvind Kejriwal and his band.

The way it was organized, as an election tool, just before the polls, looked bad in taste. And it was made bitter by the consistent downslide of values by the AAP. The AAP had claimed students and youngsters as its first political constituency but the DUSU poll results show that base is fast eroding.

But going by the trend of these seven months in governance, the party is not going to read the signs that are becoming more and more visible by the day – with the clear (and hostile) social message in this first big symbolic political loss.

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