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.

©SantoshChaubey

BHAGWAN IS ADVERTISEMENT KO SALAMAT RAKHE!

Saw the Aam Aadmi Party’s (Arvind Kejriwal’s) advertisements on a ‘news channel’ today.

And felt so confident after watching it that ‘the AAP and Arvind Kejriwal are on highway of success’.

And it is for the betterment of the masses and the classes that they want to take it further to them, to tell them – to communicate to them the good work Mr. Kejriwal is doing – so that it reaches far and wide – so that it reaches to ‘every possible family’.

After all, unlike the family in this advertisement, there are many families who don’t feel Kejriwal has done anything significant so far to affect their lives, even if there is a sea-change – at least to do while expressing themselves publicly.

They are so adamant that they are not believing even Kejriwal and it is hurting the good samaritans of the ‘good samaritan sort of party’. After all, they are not doing it for name, fame and money. They are doing for social well-being. They are doing it for the ‘politics of change’ to change ‘themselves’.

Therefore, it is a commendable act. I thought to do an analytical appreciation of the advertisement frame by frame but could not locate it on online platforms including YouTube and the AAP website. Hope, it will be here today, allowing me to do, what was left midway last night.

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

DELHI LAW MINISTER ARRESTED: IN BAD TASTE, EVEN IF IT DIDN’T SURPRISE US

Well, it was really in bad taste, even if it didn’t surprise us.

Now, it doesn’t hurt anymore that the Aam Aadmi Party has deviated to the extent that we don’t find any semblance to the party that people had shown faith in to deliver the needed political change.

Instead of bringing the change, the AAP has changed completely. Not going ethical and compromising on people’s pasts have become very much the character of the AAP in this short duration of its second tenure – since February 14, 2015 – when Arvind Kejriwal took the oath of office again.

But, even by the present standards, the arrest of Delhi’s law minister Jitender Singh Tomar looked more like a drama than a genuine legal development and each unravelling development kept us hooked throughout the day.

He claims his graduation and law degrees are genuine while the controversy surrounding it says there are fake and the resultant matter is sub-judice. The Delhi Bar Council has cancelled his registration finding his graduation degree fake after enquiry and filed a complaint on it.

The Delhi Police claims Tomar’s arrest has not been done in a hurry and the step has followed the norms laid by the Supreme Court.

Well, whatever be the truth of his degrees, if there was a controversy, he should not have been made a minister till he cleared the row. Politics of ethics and anti-corruption stand that the AAP claimed to be the motivating points did not permit that.

Okay, let’s accept that he was made a minister in the run of political experiments and therefore deserved the benefit of doubt. But then he should have been asked to resign from his ministerial chair the day the matter was cropped up in a big way by the AAP’s political opponents.

Delhi’s law minister Jitender Singh Tomar is facing serious allegations of subverting law. He is facing criminal cases of cheating and forgery. The political constituency of honesty that the AAP claimed to be his forte demanded immediate resignation of Tomar. He should have resigned the day the reports surfaced that the institutions from where he claimed to get degrees denied his claims.

He didn’t do it. The AAP didn’t do it. And Arvind Kejriwal chose to defend his minister.

He decided to slug it out in courts and in public to get the political mileage, like he tries to do in every case these days. That was in line with a changed AAP – behaving like any other outfit.

The AAP was playing a politically pragmatic game, as is the political norm, that it does in every case these days, to score political mileage, to play the victim card, to gain the sympathy factor, before the Punjab assembly polls. Yes, a senior AAP leader mentioned Punjab in his retaliatory remarks. Like has become the trademark of the AAP, his leaders, once again, issued irresponsible and anarchist statements today.

Anarchy is always politically relevant in every society, but not in this way, not the way the AAP thinks.

And like the AAP, its political opponents, including the BJP, too are playing the ‘pragmatic’ political games to further the political interest.

Yes, but the drama that surrounded detention and arrest of Tomar should have been avoided. There was no need to hastily arrest him when he was cooperating and the case was pending in the High Court where the next date of hearing is in August. Yes, what unfolded today looked ‘farcical’ as the Delhi court observed.

But, then who cares for these things these days in the course of furthering political interests.

What happened today in Delhi have been linked to the ongoing L-G Vs CM row in Delhi and that is quite natural. The Lieutenant-Governor appointed a Joint Commissioner of Police to head the Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) which the AAP government rejected. To further the L-G Vs CM political tug-of war, the secretary issuing the appointment order on the L-G’s order was removed. Obviously, the L-G had to reject and he rejected it.

Kejriwal is completing four months in office but his government has failed to do anything concrete for Delhi. Yes, there are electricity and water tariffs to talk about but these are far from enough. We don’t see any roadmap from the AAP but a confrontational attitude – within the party – and outside it. Senior AAP leaders are fighting and ‘shouting on political opponents’.

If this trend, that is in the self-destruct mode, continues, the AAP is bound to fail even in Delhi. After all, we are yet to see something politically constructive from the AAP. There is no trace of consolidating gains when it should have been the priority.

Arvind Kejriwal has not reconciled with the fact that Delhi is a half-state, or probably doesn’t want to. Delhi is also the national capital of the country. It has to be run in consultation with the Centre.

The L-G may or may not feel the heat of the ACB opening case of an old scam, but the AAP is certainly feeling the heat at the moment. And almost of it is its own doing.

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

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/

ARVIND KEJRIWAL IN VARANASI: WORN-OUT NEWS, ISN’T IT? SO, WHAT’S NEW CROPPING UP?

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

Arvind Kejriwal is in Varanasi – worn-out news, isn’t it?

Let’s see what other interesting stuff he succeeds in creating to remain in news during his days of campaigning in the city the spirit, the flow of which is entirely different from the type of politics Kejriwal has been doing since December 8, 2013 when his Aam Aadmi Party delivered an unexpected performance in the Delhi assembly polls.

Arvind Kejriwal began his initiation in the Temple Town with its temples, a move that every worn-out class of politician (Kejriwal is fighting against, to cleanse the System free of them) aspiring to eke out a political career from Varanasi does.

He took a dip in the Ganga. He visited the temples of Kashi Vishwanath and Kaal Bhairav to have blessings. So, he tried to address the Hindu sentiments in the religious capital of Hinduism.

Now, the secularist in him needed to visit a Muslim religious place to balance the score as Muslims account for almost 17 percent of the vote share. But he fell short of planning here. He didn’t do it. (It tells he is not a fully worn-out politician yet).

The electoral Karma of Kejriwal then took him to the Benia Bagh Park. Benia Bagh is a congested Muslim locality with its narrow stretch of main road in a perpetual traffic jam mode. Even the passing traffic looks like a rally as one of my batch-mates from BHU said.

Being a Muslim locality, a congested narrow stretch of road and a small park should have made the park ideal choice for Kejriwal who would be banking on the Muslim votes to challenge Narendra Modi from the city to start his show.

Kejriwal led a road show to the park to gather the required crowd for the voice vote referendum on his candidature from Varanasi.

The road show on the narrow stretch of road from Lahurabir to Benia Bagh had more policemen than the public as the participants. And like the typical trademark Kejriwal events, eggs and ink were thrown on Kejriwal and his cavalcade (no other politician attracts perpetrators of these acts this much!).

It seems the failure to visit a Muslim religious place hit Kejriwal’s plan. His supporters had claimed to have a crowd of one lakh. The permission taken was for 20,000. The crowd in the park was sparse and remained thin till end when he formally announced to contest from Varanasi.

There are contradicting claims on the strength of the crowd but the consensus reads it about 6,000-8,000. But even if it was 25,000-30,000, that also was nowhere near to the claims. It was when much of the crowd was imported as reported.

The effect of all this was visible.

Kejriwal’s words and body language, at the end of his first day in Varanasi, said he had already conceded defeat – on his very first day in Varanasi – the thin crowd even in a Muslim locality – it’s written on the wall for him!! No tweets on the grand success of his rally last evening, was most unlikely of him.

But how can he accept it. That would kill the spirit of his party at a time when the election campaigning is entering its most decisive phase. He had to charge it up again to remain vocal, to claim many more claims.

To remain in news – yes, so after a dull first day – on the 2nd day of his stay there, a stay that should be more like a sojourn or a spiritual and religious stopover, for his itinerary so far, he came with his brilliant assessment yesterday, much like his voice vote referendum in the partially filled Benia Bagh park on his first day when he said Narendra Modi was losing in Varanasi and the BJP’s prime-ministerial candidate should concentrate on Vadodara, his second seat.

And so, we had his tweets yesterday, questioning and claiming, unlike his first evening in Varanasi.

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

ARVIND KEJRIWAL: THEN AND NOW (AS HE COMES TO VARANASI)

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014

Before December 8, 2013 happened that gave him the chief minister’s chair of Delhi, something that he had not even imagined, something that he later on sabotaged:

  • A person who was incorruptible
  • A person who braved adversities to take on challenges
  • A person who, though slightly confused, was fighting for a cause
  • A person who believed in taking on the System for the common man
  • A person who, no doubt, was ambitious, but his ambitions looked aligned to the cause
  • A person who was a good strategist and knew how to take on the politicians he was fighting
  • Though he regularly spoke beyond the threshold decorum of the situations he was speaking on, he never sounded incredible; his intent of sincerity was well received
  • There were complaints of him acting unilaterally but it was well within his perceived image of an honest social activist turned politician (and who doesn’t have idiosyncrasies)

After December 28 happened when he began his term in the office of the chief minister of Delhi riding high on the public trust something that he compromised after 49 days in the office. In these 49 days, he and his party (Aam Aadmi Party) were regularly involved in controversies that were like acts of blasphemy by him after the unprecedented trust shown in him by the electorate of Delhi.

The series of debacles (deliberate and uncontrolled) gave wave for him to manipulate the Delhi mandate to push his agenda of national politics.

The 49 days in the Delhi government and the days after that have given us valid points to question character and intent of Arvind Kejriwal and with each passing day and political controversy, the nations is looking at him as someone more and more as contrary to what he promised to be.

  • A person who could not remain incorruptible – it is not just about financial aspects – his acts of making false claims, his acts of supporting wrongs of his party members – his acts of not ensuring the highest standards of probity in the public life
  • A person who ran away from challenges – after the audacious and shameless act of (im)morality in resigning from the Delhi government – an act that compromised the cause of the common man – his political ambitions clearly overrode the aspirations of the social activist in him
  • A person who dared to take on the System to cleanse it – but very soon was co-opted by it
  • A person who made compromises easily to further his political agenda
  • A person with a dictatorial mindset – his increasingly dictatorial style of running his party as flood of such reports and regular exodus of his party members suggest – his incessant ‘I am always right’ rant – his increasingly visible temperamental, volatile and stubborn personality
  • A person who was a poor strategist who didn’t know how to value the trust shown by the public in him and how to make it the cornerstone of his politics
  • A person with all the traits of an Indian politician we all so deeply despise – his deepening style of ‘hit and run’ politics – charging others with wild allegations (without any proof, as has become his trademark) – attacking anyone who criticises him – using undemocratic words to threaten his critics (like his ‘jailing the media’ outburst)

A person who didn’t know how to practice of probity while taking on the corruption politicians – he increasingly looks one among them now!!

There have been disturbing changes on the outlook of the perceptible elements about the persona of Arvind Kejriwal in just three months!!

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

MEDIA TO BE JAILED? ANARCHIST IN ARVIND KEJRIWAL SHOWS VITAL SIGNS

So, on the very next day of his political pilgrimage in Maharashtra, the invigorating signs of a strengthening anarchist in Arvind Kejriwal came up with yet another evidence for us to believe he is heading in the right direction.

During a high-profile event, aping the practices of the political class he derided, he spoke on his schemes on how he would handle the media players who were working against him. That shows clear signs of coming of age. Isn’t it? Political hooliganism, rowdyism – his party is embracing and practicing with unmatched enthusiasm. After all, he has started leaning even from his opponents.

Good signs for the kind of democracy India is!

Mr. Kejriwal said, not in a veiled threat, but in an open, audaciously warm warning, that those acting to malign his image would face probe and jailed if he came to power.

According to the ‘media’ reports, he said: “Since last one year, we have been told that Modi is there, Modi is there. Since one year, Modi has also been saying that. Even some TV channels have been saying that Ramrajya has come and corruption has vanished. This has happened, that has happened; a lot has happened. Why did they do it? Because money has been paid to TV channels, heavy amount has been paid to promote Modi,” Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal went on to say, “Around 800 farmers have committed suicide in Gujarat in the past 10 years but none of the channels have showed it. Farmers have sold their land to Adani in just one rupee but even this has not been shown by any channel. Arvind has taken security, Arvind has not taken security, he has taken Z category and Y security. Let the security go to hell but they won’t show Modi’s truth. The whole media is sold this time, it’s a conspiracy, it is a huge political conspiracy.”

“If our government comes to power then we will set an inquiry into this. And along with media people, all will be sent to jail,” he added.

Thus – now – he has started talking in the fully matured tone of an anarchist, so much so, that he looks set to take it even beyond the realms of political anarchy. He is taking it personally. That is a goof sign.

It will ensure his commitment in evolving as the representative of the class of political anarchists in India, a class having pan-India presence and acceptance in the electoral landscape, but marred by many groups and factions.

Once, Arvind Kejriwal establishes his identity of a political anarchist as a force to reckon with, he has the ability to unite the scattered and warring factions to bring under one roof.

And how vital are the signs is self-evident from the fact that how Mr. Kejriwal debunked the ‘media’ reports that he had taken a U-turn on his ‘jailing the media’ statement.

How can a true anarchist backtrack from a statement that endorses his quality?

Probably, some of the ‘media’ reports on his U-turn sounded threatening to Mr. Kejriwal on his ‘media will be jailed’ rhetoric and how could an anarchist be threatened?

So, he decided to hit back.

In a Nagpur rally, he said: “Some news channels are now showing that Kejriwal threatened them. But it is the other way round. You threatened us. But we are not scared of the media.”

And his party did the same in Delhi in a press conference with some of its big names religiously trying to defend their anarchist mentor by trying to take on the media.

Bravo Mr. Kejriwal! Carry on the mascot!

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