The rise and fall of AAP ka Arvind Kejriwal
When Arvind Kejriwal came to power for the first time in Delhi on December 28, 2013, he was seen as the aam aadmi’s Chief Minister and an anti-corruption crusader. Even though curtains came down on Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi within just 49 days after it assumed power as it failed to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly, the short-lived government made many unprecedented announcements.
These announcements raised the hopes of aam aadmi that finally a man has arrived who can deliver governance in a way no one else did during the last 65 years of Independence. This delusion was the reason that in the next election he got a thumping victory of 67 seats out of 70 legislative Delhi Asembly total seats. High hopes, but alas…
Second time elected, the newly sworn Delhi Chief Minister’s priority became canvassing his achievements and huge sums of money from the Delhi government were dole out for his media PR antics, ignoring even basic needs of Delhiites. Ever since the day he was sworn in as the Chief Minister, his fight with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Prime Minister Narendra Modi began on Twitter and that continues till date, turning personal at times.
Regretting his decision to vote for Kejriwal, retired soldier from Assam Rifles TD Radhakrishnan, a Delhiite for the past 10 years, said after demanding the removal of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kejriwal can now demand the removal of Barack Obama from the US Presidency.
After becoming the CM, Kejriwal had asked Delhiites to catch on camera politicians and bureaucrats indulging in corruption. Although he had intended BJP leaders to be caught, it is AAP leaders who have been caught several times on the wrong side of the door. The recent being Sandeep Kumar, who was sacked as the Delhi minister for Women and Child Development, Language and SC & ST, after being caught in a sex tape. Ironically, AAP leaders and members are doing a brilliant work by doing stings on their own ministers and leaders and sending the clips to the CM.
The AAP workers dutifully did what they were told. Unfortunately, Kejriwal sat on several clips after which they decided to pass it on to media. The AAP has been losing its charm ever since it came to power, and now it is left with no saving grace, whatsoever.