Arvind Kejriwal may love to brand himself as an ‘Anarchist Chief Minister’, but the national capital can’t run on anarchy.
It seems that Delhi Chief Minister wants to be remembered as an ‘anarchist’ and a leader of nuisance politics rather than an able Chief Minister, who brought a difference to the quality of life in the collapsing metropolis of Delhi.
The protests since early morning of December 23 at Tughlaq Road pointed to the fact that the Chief Minister and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) revel in protest politics over everything. It is an act that comes easily to them—to shout slogans, level allegations, accuse others, demand resignations, scale police barricades, thump chests and lie prostrate on road when police attempts to intervene.
The AAP volunteers held a part of the city and police to ransom over the demand for the resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over charges of alleged corruption in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA), even going to the extent of demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
If one would recall, earlier too, protesting against the Centre, Kejriwal as Delhi CM had staged a sit-in demonstration in front of Rail Bhawan in January 2014 and urged the citizens of the capital to join him. He had declared himself as an anarchist then.
“Yes, I’m an anarchist,” Kejriwal had proudly said.
Here’s a flashback on a few of Kejriwal’s anarchist moments:
n In January 2014, the Delhi CM had allegedly made a defamatory statement against Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, which led the latter to file a criminal defamation case against Kejriwal. Later, Kejriwal had to go on back foot when he had to withdraw his case from the Delhi High Court filed against a trial court decision sending him to judicial custody.
n In March 2014, AAP vandalised the BJP headquarters in Delhi, followed by incidents of violent scuffles between AAP and BJP supporters on the streets of New Delhi and Lucknow. The act was an abysmal low in Bharateeya politics.
n A year later, in May 2015, Arvind Kejriwal slammed the Bharateeya media of hatching conspiracy against his party. He alleged that “there is a big conspiracy to finish off AAP by a very large section of the media”. In his inimitable style he also alleged that “A very large section of the media has accepted Supari (contract) for finishing off AAP,” and demanded that there should be a “public trial of the media” at certain places in the City like in chourahas (squares). The Delhi CM who became an icon as a crusader for the common man, wanted to become a Maoist commander and have a Kangaroo court to put media on trial, like Maoists do in their
bastion in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, etc.
Kejriwal resorted to mud-slinging on anyone who challenged or questioned him—from political opponents and bureaucrats to journalists.
Even after 10 months in government in his second term, he still continues to follow his modus operandi—politics of agitation.
I would like to take this opportunity to address Mr Kejriwal directly in the light of these instances:
Dear Mr Kejriwal, I would like to remind you that a common Bharateeya, a true aam aadmi who desires a positive change in the country’s political system, doesn’t want this nuisance politics of hitting the streets on every issue. You compelled us to dream for an alternative and vote for a change in the government in Delhi. But, now it’s history. And, in the annals of Bharat’s political history, probably you would like to be remembered as an ‘Anarchist chief minister, who thrived on the politics of chaos’. Was this your dream for the true aam aadmi of this country?
(The opinion expressed in this column is solely
that of the writer – Nameless Indian)