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Issue:June' 2017


Kejriwal in crisis

Vidyarthi Kumar

Arvind Kejriwal Not long agao, the bureaucrat-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal developed an anti-mainstream cult. His catch phrase – "sab miley hue haen (all others are one and against us)" - pushed his agenda to offer his party as a platform for alternative politics.
This also yielded the expected success -- when the AAP was seen as a force against a system that was more identified with Sheila-Manmohan Singh variety of politics. Voters in Delhi and other pockets displayed more than once that they wanted a new type of politics --- a polity that was not only a g a i n s t adhocism but a l s o transparent a n d accountable.

Kapil Mishra However, he failed to provide an alternative politics. Kejriwal was ill-advised by his coterie that no one would seek his accountability if he carries on his Modi-bashing tirade. But Modi bashing has not helped to take AAP further. Within five years of his experience – Kejriwal today finds himself encircled with crisis after crisis.

Jitendra Singh Tomar A cabinet Minister in Kejriwal government – Kapil Mishra moved out and charged in the first week if May 2017 that he himself has been a witness to a scene of "personal" c o r r u p t i o n against the AAP founder.
The Delhi Chief Minister played a unique politics when he had ' q u e s t i o n e d ' Prime Minister M o d i ' s e d u c a t i o n a l qualification but in the passage of time it came out that instead -- Kejriwal's Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar's LLB degree certificate was found to be a fake.

Najeeb Jung As the Delhi Chief Minister – notwithstanding all constitutional limitations- he fought fiercely with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. Moreover, despite being a Chief Minister – he consistently fought against Delhi police and instead kept expressing desire to take control of policing in the national capital.
Kejriwal allegedly not only cultivated a coterie – whom many founding members of leaders counselled to be fought against—he also disallowed any rebellion or even modest criticism. "While he alleged Modi of running an autocratic system, his regime was a ready proof that Kejriwal himself had a typical one-man show," says Sucha Singh Chhotepur, a former legislator in Punjab, who joined AAP and was compelled to leave after Kejriwal declined him any functional autonomy in the run up to the assembly polls in Punjab. The result was AAP was ultimately pushed to the second fiddle to the Congress – which has otherwise lost its lustre everywhere.

Jagdambika Pal Prior to that the likes of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav had to move out of AAP – ostensibly because they protested against one-man show. A former Congress leader and the incumbent BJP lawmaker from UP, Jagdambika Pal told Power Politics: "The 'Congress-i-karan' (Congressisation) of AAP came much faster than it was expected by admirers and critics alike. AAP was founded with a promise of a p o l i t i c a l c u l t u r e r a d i c a l l y different from others, today it is neckdeep in corruption, nepotism, absence of democracy in the party and worst, AAP has exceeded the Congress party when it comes to show no accountability of its foremost important leader".
There is a narrative that AAP can be an "irresponsible party" -- which cannot handle massive mandate and when in power – it simply ignores the clamour for performance. One leader associated with Swaraj India (of Yogendra Yadav) says, "AAP actually inherited the worst of both, the CPI-M or the Left and the Congress. Hence it is unreasonable and also arrogant about power". The AAP cabinet recommended hike in pay and salaries of the Delhi legislators which accounted for an astronomical figure. Worse, approximately Rs 526 crore was spent in 2015-16 for radio advertisement for the AAP.