KEJRIWAL IS DOING MANY THINGS. KEJRIWAL IS NOT DOING ANYTHING.

Arvind Kejriwal’s government is doing many things.

Arvind Kejriwal’s government is not doing anything.

Both perspectives have their proponents and opponents. And that is ironical about it.

We did not hear the ‘rush to reform’ the system by the Aam Aadmi Party government like it was the last time. Apart from some populist measures of offering subsidies on electricity and water tariffs, the AAP government has done nothing significant. And it is going to complete 100 days in office on May 24.

During the campaigning phase, Arvind Kejriwal could easily be seen apologizing for deserting Delhi in just 49 days. And at the same time, he could be seen trying to sell the goodwill of those 49 days.

And after results, he found those 49 days a ‘better than thought’ proposition. We can find a link even on the AAP website talking achievements of the 49 days rule.

Yes, it is true the 49 days rule played a major role in better than expected poll outcome for the AAP. But the ‘better than expected’ results also tell that it was not an entirely won battle.

Because vote share of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) more or less remained the same.

And almost entire vote share of Congress went to the AAP. The BJP could not win it or a share of it, owing to its lackluster show during the President’s rule in Delhi through the Lieutenant-Governor.

That is not going to happen again. And there are reasons for it.

The AAP’s confrontationist approach figures majorly among that. Right from its inception, the AAP has been engaged in a sort of confrontationist politics. The AAP leaders kept on issuing statements against the Congress leaders even if its first government (the government of 49 days) was in office with Congress’s support.

They continue to do so, targeting everyone who is non-AAP politically (and administratively).

The AAP tried to create an atmosphere where it looked engaged in an anti-establishment confrontational politics even if it was taking or trying to take Congress’s support. It successfully created veil of a populist pro-common men approach.

And it followed some of it during its first, now hallowed 49 days of government, though, with errors.

Sample this – Arvind Kejriwal decided to end the VVIP culture in Delhi. He said he would not take the chief minister’s bungalow and other arrangements. His MLAs or he himself contradicted this stand. He was hooted on social media for accepting a VIP accommodation. It forced him to make U-turn on it. A larger than life Kejriwal, present on banners, posters and hoardings, on every nook and corner of Delhi, appealed Delhiites, from common men to auto drivers, to film corrupt officials on hidden cameras. His government took action against such officials. He offered subsidies for electricity and water for the months left in the year. To prove his political activism, he offered to give subsidies to them who had not paid their electricity bills on his request, before he became the CM. He also filed case against a prominent corporate house alleging corruption in fixing petroleum prices. And he reasoned his resignation behind a similar issue – on Jan Lokpal. He alleged the present political class of the time was not supporting his cause.

But after the humiliation of the Lok Sabha polls where his party created a record of ‘forfeitures’, he had to come back to Delhi again. He tried to form the government there, again with Congress’s support, if we go by the reports. Like this option had to fail, and it failed. All this while, he was preparing for the next Delhi assembly polls, well in advance. All this while, he maintained a confrontationist attitude, visible to us, enveloping it in his apology for deserting Delhi in just 49 days.

And the residents of Delhi, disappointed with the BJP in Delhi and fed-up of Congress, believed in him, in his apology and in his confrontationist approach, giving him 67 out of 70 assembly seats.

That was it.

Kejriwal’s government is completing 100 days this time and there is nothing to talk about.

The tenure that has come after many promises is looking more like a naturalization process and the AAP has been co-opted by the Indian politics of the day, which they talked of changing when they began.

He and his partymen accepted VVIP accommodations and made no fuss about it. They even needed a separate VVIP corridor during events. Corruption is as usual in Delhi. Kejriwal’s full-time government has not brought any change to that. At least we are yet to feel it. He has given electricity and water subsidies but even people are not talking about it anymore. He made larger than life promises to win Delhi but then felt it would be enough if he could deliver even 40%/50% of that.

After taking the reins for the second time, with a full-time government, he is making news, but mostly due to negative reasons. His anti-establishment attitude, something that was behind his ‘anarchist’ proclamation, is now looking rubbish, stale, so routine and selfish.

He is completing 100 days of governance and he has nothing else to talk but electricity and water subsidies. And that too sounds ineffective now. The cruel Delhi summers are already witnessing protests over water and electricity shortage.

He promised Delhiites full statehood and many projects for which lands were needed. Now, everyone knows Centre cannot give full statehood to Delhi, cannot give the Delhi Police under the Delhi government and cannot leave land to the state government in a state that is also the National Capital of India. Even Sheila Dikshit, Kejriwal’s predecessor, could not achieve full statehood or could not get the Delhi Police under her control even if she had three full terms in office and even if Congress led the Union Government from 2004 to 2014.

Yes, Delhi is a half state and is also the most important Indian city where people of national and international importance reside. It had offices and institutions that go beyond the Delhi CM and need to be looked after by the Central government.

And Delhi has to be governed like that. The confrontationist approach will not work here. The BJP government at Union level, with the BJP being the main opposition in Delhi makes matters in Delhi even worse.

Kejriwal needed an approach of reconciliation and needed to work with the Union Government for the development of Delhi. He needs land that is under the BJP government. He needs cooperation of the Delhi Police that is under the BJP led Ministry of Home Affairs. Full statehood demand was not a practical one. Delhi being the half state and the seat of the Government of India, he needs assistance from the Central government. For, for his own political career, he needed to consolidate the Delhi gains first.

Instead, he has chosen confrontation. And he is not sparing even his own officials and media here.

And a credibility crisis for him has made his every act look like a sham – an atmosphere of credibility that had given him the advantage earlier (including this election).

He first stage-managed and then got Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, the two senior-most members, who along-with him had formed the party and weaved the Anna Hazare led anti-corruption movement of 2011, kicked out. The AAP of the day is clearly a one-man show which doesn’t go beyond Arvind Kejriwal (and will not go beyond Delhi if something is not done).

Then he adopted silence after a farmer’s suicide at his rally that was organized to launch the AAP protests against the NDA’s land acquisition bill. His reaction came very late. The incident fizzled out the AAP protests against land acquisition.

In both incidents, it was clearly visible that he was not doing pro-people politics. He was not setting any precedent. Instead, he was doing pure politics, and going even beyond ‘them’. Whether it was in him or whether it came upon him is not what matters. What matters is that he is sounding more and more incredulous and routine now.

And the latest episode of the appointment of acting chief secretary of Delhi, too, is being seen in this context.

Delhi’s chief secretary K. K. Sharma is on leave for 10 days and the Delhi government needs to appoint someone as the acting chief secretary in his absence. There are valid questions over rights of the Delhi L-G and the Delhi CM on the issue and the unprecedented alertness shown by the Delhi L-G.

But Kejriwal is not finding support here. And when writing so, it means public support. He is not getting public support on any of the vital issues in his manifesto – full statehood to Delhi, Delhi Police under his control or the issue of Delhi land for new hospitals and educational institutions.

This time, he has, so far, not launched any public agitation, like he had launched the one against the Delhi Police during his government of 49 days. The one where he tried backfired due to his ill management and a farmer’s suicide. And in spite of a war of letters, he is not going to launch the next even the Union Government is imposing itself on Delhi in case of the acting chief secretary issue.

He needs a practical approach here but then he himself has closed the doors.

The L-G will say yes. The CM will say no. And 10 days will pass. Only Kejriwal and his men know why they are bad-naming and badmouthing about Shakuntla Gamlin who the Delhi L-G has appointed while K. K. Sharma is away. Even if his Government is not agreed to it, her appointment is according to the choices of names by the Delhi Government. And she is not alone. The war is engulfing others. The Delhi civil services officers are facing heat in this war in the war between the Delhi L-G and the Delhi CM. Removal of the official who issued appointment order for Shakuntala Gamlin has already been rejected by the Delhi L-G and it is to be seen how the Delhi government reacts next.

Irrespective of the question of a Constitutional Crisis, the matter will further harm Kejriwal’s chances in Delhi and beyond. His government is doing petty politics over a woman official and is levelling allegations without proof. If she is corrupt, as is being said (by people like Arvind Kejriwal), why is she still there?

Kejriwal thinks he is safe for five years now. But he has to face a government at the Union level that is of the main political opposition in Delhi. And he has to face an aggressive Rahul Gandhi. He got almost votes of Congress this time but that will not happen in the next polls.

And to make matters worse for him, he will be facing anti-incumbency (huge, as he has promised Delhi many things that he cannot give) and a deteriorated credibility base.

He has proven he is not the kind the politician Delhiites had thought of and voted for. He is same, from the lot. He has proven he is not different.

The irony is Arvind Kejriwal thinks his government is doing many things.

The irony is Arvind Kejriwal has failed, so far, to do anything for Delhi.

The irony is he has started attracting negative public sentiments.

And the irony of all ironies is – his mainstreaming is complete even if he has no means to further his political career. He thinks Delhi voters will forget his misdeeds in five years – when the next elections come. He thinks such things will not go beyond Delhi. And if he thinks so, he is committing the same mistake as his political brethren did. He has seen what happened to the Congress across the country. He has seen what happened to the BJP in just nine months in Delhi. And he has seen his own party’s humiliation in the Lok Sabha polls last year.

Yes, the full-time politician in him is out there and with force but even he is not advising him the right course.

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

KEJRIWAL’S CONFRONTATIONAL ATTITUDE

Arvind Kejriwal’s government is doing many things.

Arvind Kejriwal’s government is not doing anything.

Both perspectives have their proponents and opponents. And that is ironical about it.

We did not hear the ‘rush to reform’ the system by the Aam Aadmi Party government like it was the last time. Apart from some populist measures of offering subsidies on electricity and water tariffs, the AAP government has, so far, done nothing significant. And that too sounds ineffective when we see the increasing number of protests against water and electricity shortage with the rising temperature in soaring summer heat of Delhi.

Kejriwal’s government is completing 100 days this time and there is nothing to talk about. Instead, he already has enough of negative pointers on his part.

He and his partymen accepted VVIP accommodations and made no fuss about it. They even needed a separate VVIP corridor during events. Corruption is as usual in Delhi. Kejriwal’s full-time government has not brought any change to that. He has given electricity and water subsidies but even people are not talking about it anymore. He made larger than life promises to win Delhi but then felt it would be enough if he could deliver even 40%/50% of that.

After taking the reins for the second time, with a full-time government, he is making news, but mostly due to negative reasons. His anti-establishment attitude, something that was behind his ‘anarchist’ proclamation, is now looking rubbish, stale, so routine and selfish.

He promised Delhiites full statehood and many projects for which lands were needed. Now, everyone knows Centre cannot give full statehood to Delhi, cannot give Delhi Police under Delhi government and cannot leave land to the state government in a state that is also the National Capital of India. Even Sheila Dikshit, Kejriwal’s predecessor, could not achieve full statehood or could not get Delhi Police under her control even if she had three full terms in office and even if Congress led the Union Government from 2004 to 2014.

Yes, Delhi is a half state and is also the most important Indian city where people of national and international importance reside. The pragmatic approach to run this city-state lies is in reconciliation within the democratic norms.

And Delhi has to be governed like that, with an approach to take everyone on board, even if it means ceding some political ground to the Lieutenant-Governor as is the case of the appointment of the acting chief secretary of Delhi – even if it means handling the main political opposition, the BJP, whose government is at the Union level.

The confrontationist approach will not work in a democracy. Kejriwal needs a practical approach. He needs to work with the Union Government for the development of Delhi to consolidate his gains first.

Instead, he has chosen confrontation – closing the doors. He is indulging in a fight that he cannot win. He is indulging in a fight that is ethically not right.

Ironically, an ever increasing number of people who had shown faith in the political experiment called ‘the AAP’ are regretting their decision to vote the party in.

Let’s see what comes next. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

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

POLITICS OVER A DEATH, ONCE AGAIN

Irrespective of his background and his intention, everyone is to share the blame for his death.

But, as expected, his death has become a full blown political matter.

Every political party is trying to sound sympathetic to the cause of the farmer and blaming the others for it.

We are remembering the farming community, once again, a community that employs maximum number of people in India. The ‘tears’ are being shed. Probes are being launched. It seems a solution will be reached that will be acceptable to the central party, the farmers, and all other stakeholders.

Society, polity – all are involved in this blamegame over a death in public – of a man who happened to be a farmer. Unseasonal rains created havoc for him. His standing crop was destroyed and he had no other mean as his father had ousted him. He had no other mean left but to commit suicide as no government compensation ever reached to him, as the alleged suicide note from his said.

And he hanged himself in full public view yesterday.

A newly formed political party, that is at the helms of the affair of Delhi, chose to speak and disband the rally, not to rush to save him. Its leader did not visit the hospital later (as spoken from the stage there) after he came to know that he was brought dead. Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken visited the hospital to express his condolences and expressed his solidarity. Offices of Delhi CM and HMO issued statements. Blames and counterblames began. As expected, ugly politics began.

After all, a farmer had died, in the Indian capital, in full public view, during the rally of the Aam Aadmi Party.

Today, it swept both Houses of Parliament. Rajya Sabha that began today and Lok Sabha that resumed its session on April 20, could not find, so far, any other issue to debate. All parties spoke, trying to squeeze in maximum politics. HM spoke. PM spoke. Leaders of Opposition in both Houses spoke. The AAP continue to defend it shamefully. Delhi Police continue to be defended in spite of all the odds.

Politics and what else!

Farmers are dying in the country, for decades, irrespective of the government in the office. Every government has failed to check the issue so far. Every party has shown the lack of initiative so far.

And we all are to share the blame.

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

IT WAS THE WORST THE AAM AADMI PARTY COULD DO

This was the worst of the Aam Aadmi Party we saw today – and the spate of debacles is scheduled to see a downward spiral from here – because the writing on the wall says so.

The AAP fully metamorphosed today into a mainstream political party the preparation of which were underway for many days, especially after the rare victory in the Delhi assembly polls when the party won 67 out of 70 seats.

There was no hurry this time, unlike that shown during the first term of 49 days, the first term which, combined with Congress’ fall and the BJP’s developmental void, made the AAP win so impressive. We did not see appeals for sting operations like we saw the last time. Houses and vehicles in VIP facilities are taken promptly. VIP culture is in vogue with separate lanes. The police and corrupt are not scared like the last time. And so on.

Like a typical mainstream political party, the AAP took the reins of the power on the same date when it had deserted Delhi and chosen the same venue to mark its comeback – the Ramlila Ground.

And it made no tall promises on the day and the ‘many day afters’ after it.

In fact, Arvind Kejriwal now says that if his government fulfils even 40-50% of the promises made, it would be enough.

And today, the politician in him crossed even the threshold that we expected from the political lot which used to be the main target of Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP when he was promising us the sky. the politician in him chose to speak even if a man was dying today.

A farmer committed suicide during the launch rally of the AAP over the anti-land acquisition ordinance protests but Arvind Kejriwal and his partymen kept on speaking, demanding from the Delhi Police that they come and rescue the man.

What a rubbish!

He should have left speaking and should have rushed himself to the spot. The rally should have only one concern then – the man, who was dying. But he did equally opposite to it.

Even the mainstream politicians would not do such a thing – a mistake where a man lost his life and where humanity died once again and where even the mainstream politicians would act humanely.

But Arvind Kejriwal and his partymen were busy in sifting through and shifting the blame, to the Delhi Police, and to other politicians. He was busy criticising the BJP government’s land acquisition ordinance, Congress’ land acquisition bill and the Delhi Police on the delay in saving the man.

He kept on speaking. Even after the man was taken to the hospital where doctors declared him ‘brought dead’.

He was to go the hospital after his volunteers had taken the man to the hospital but the doctors declared him brought dead and mysteriously, after knowing so, after wrapping up the speech, he didn’t go to the hospital.

Seeing the political potential of the issue, every political party jumped into the issue including Rahul Gandhi. It is good to see Rahul Gandhi trying his hand on political issues because a strong opposition is need of the day.

But today, Kejriwal got worse. He fielded his spokesmen even if his party was to share the blame for the death of a man irrespective of his background.

And we see a pattern there.

The good looking and sensible spokespersons of the AAP are out and they are replaced by the spokesmen doing the politicise of the day Kejriwal style. Their only brief is – Kejriwal and the AAP are always right and they cannot make any mistake – and they believe in the dictum of ‘by hook or by crook’.

Like a mainstream politician, Arvind Kejriwal is assured, insured and secured by the electoral mandate that gives him fives year in the office that began on February 14, 2015 only.

And down the line two months only, he has got rid of all those who could pose a threat to his political career. He has got Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Admiral Ramdas and others expelled from the AAP. Other eminent names have already left the party as they felt alienated by the its changing ways. For them, it was no longer a political party with political activism in its blood.

Arvind Kejriwal now has full five years in Delhi and he intends to enjoy it politically with a clear turf.

And who cares for after five years – the day then – certainly not the politician from the lot who happen to be the main target when Kejriwal had begun his political career.

For the Kejriwal of the moment, it doesn’t matter if he is not going to be back after five years – the writing on the wall says.

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

KEJRIWAL IN BUSINESS CLASS! SO WHAT! SEE THE LOGIC PLEASE!

So what if Mr. Arvind Kejriwal paid an astronomical sum as rent, month after month, for many months, until he had no option left but to evacuate the posh government flat that was given to him when he was the 49-day chief minister of Delhi. He continued to stay put in the flat even after leaving the Delhi’s chair on the call of his conscience to take the plunge in national politics to serve the nation.

This one is not related to that innocuous ‘aam aadmi’ desire, even if he reiterates so on similar lines. After all, every ‘aam aadmi’ (common man) would love to have a posh residence in a posh Delhi locality. So, Mr. Kejriwal, even if he is not so ‘aam’, can be and should be given the benefit of doubt.

Probably it should be seen as one of the many moves of his political strategy to manoeuvre successfully through the upcoming Delhi assembly polls.

Probably it is part of his political strategy to let his critics and opponents remain engaged in silly war of words and browbeating while he is on the job to create means – funds – to engage the electorate of Delhi through various communication channels. Communication is power, isn’t it?

And that is what would have been in Mr. Kejriwal’s mind when he would have decided to fly Business Class this time, even if it was funded by the organisers of the event he was heading for.

After all, he did not fly Business Class while leaving Varanasi after losing the election there. There, election was gone. Here, election is approaching. There was no ground then to look for funding. Also, the crowd was Desi (domestic), on a domestic route of 50 minutes. Here, the crowd was on an international circuit and the Business Class folks would have deep pockets no doubt. And that would be in Mr. Kejriwal’s mind.

A neo-politician like Mr. Kejriwal is always on the job when the season of election is in full swing.

And as we all know that Mr. Kejriwal is on a fund raising spree, travelling Business Class could indeed be a good idea as it could have given the ‘man on the job’ many deep pockets sitting with him, some prospective  (or real time) donors if he could convince them.

We should believe in Mr. Kejriwal’s intent and should welcome surprises, when, on some coming day, he says he raised funds many times the cost of his Business Class Delhi to Dubai ticket that he didn’t even pay for.

Can’t we see this ‘aam aadmi’ logic in the spirit of typical ‘aam aadmi’ desires – living small, doing small, with consistency, to aspire big, to achieve big?

Bravo Mr. Kejriwal!

Do plan a Business Class trip to the US for fund raising.

Our sincere prayers are with you.

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

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/

ARVIND KEJRIWAL: LOVE FOR THE CULT

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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 – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

ARVIND KEJRIWAL VS BARACK OBAMA??

Did you say a wild comparison?

After all, one is a 49-day chief minister of Delhi, India’s National Capital Territory, who had to apologize for his ‘act of absconding’. Though he doesn’t accept it morally, the electoral and political compulsions after his ‘political martyrdom’ efforts tanked down in the Lok Sabha polls forced him to own the disaster his decision to vacate the Delhi CM’s office in order to look for greener pastures had become. He was forced to accept the ‘deserter’ tag in his own toned-down version.

And the other is the successful (though debatable on who sees what) President of the United States of America, the world’s only superpower (still). The world’s most powerful political person is in the second term of his Presidential office.

Professionally, Arvind Kejriwal began as engineer and graduated to become a finance professional working for the Government of India. Barack Obama is a Harvard educated lawyer.

So, where is the ground for comparison?

It is there, thanks to the Norwegian Nobel Committee and thanks to the Delhi electorate!

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AAP: UNEXPECTED HIGH TO UNEXPECTED LOW

First, it was an unexpected high. Then it was an unexpected low.

The unexpected high was for everyone, including the direct beneficiary. In fact, it came as a pleasant surprise for those who wished to see it happen but had not expected it to happen this way given the circumstances then.

The unexpected low was expected by everyone, (but) except the direct beneficiary, who could not read it or did not want to read it then and had a self-made spectacular fall – from grace, from the position of standing – that came to him because of the growing public frustration and disenchantment with the mainstream political lot.

That is the story of the newest political debutant on the mainstream political scene of India – the Aam Aadmi Party – and of Arvind Kejriwal – and of those who began their political journey with it – and of those who joined it later on, especially after the unexpected high of December 2013 – and those who left it or felt disenchanted enough to walk out of the half-baked activism and politics concoction – after the ‘expected’ unexpected low of May 2014.

Six months – from December 2013 to May (16) 2014 – sum up the what AAP has been so far and what it needs to do – to resurrect – or to decline even further to go to the final political oblivion.

As of now, it has absolute negatives in its score card –

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49 VS 49: KEJRIWAL IS PURVEYING HIS QUESTION, ONCE AGAIN!

En-route, the nondescript, discoloured and stained wall caught attention. Now, Mr. Kejriwal on Delhi walls was no more an eye-catcher, yet this one made me stop by it, read it, and click it on my cellphone camera.

It was 49 Vs 49.

Now, 49 is a number of mixed emotions for Mr. Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party.

While they believe and intends us to believe in the sanctity of it being a momentous figure and a telling example of the politics of principles of AAP that pushed him to resign from the Delhi Chief Minister’s office just after 49 days of forming the government (with Congress support) on the pretext of ‘being not allowed to pass the Lokpal Bill of his government’. He blamed the BJP and the Congress party of betraying the people of Delhi.

But, electorally, it proved counterproductive, and humbled him (or forced him) to accept it was a wrong move. He even apologized (or had to) for it.

Though AAP had increased vote share in Delhi, it could not win any Lok Sabha seat here and across the country, almost of its candidates lost their deposits. It was an epic fall after the unprecedented high of December 2013 when AAP had registered a stunning debut in Indian politics.

And, the apology was more to appease the electorate of Delhi in the aftermath of the Lok Sabha polls rout and in the context of the possible Delhi Assembly elections ahead than being an honest and sensible introspection.

This poster and the Kejriwal style of politics so far, on reforming his party and on refocusing on Delhi, tell us nothing has changed.

Kejriwal Survey

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