By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a phenomenon, a party with a difference. When this party burst upon the Indian electoral scene, nobody even gave them a chance. All the bigwigs of all the major parties felt that this fledgling party would vanish in a short time. From past one year, because of the active media as well as the power of RTI, lots of skeletons started tumbling out of the cupboards of the present government. Even the Delhi government headed by Sheila Dixit came in for lots of criticism because of corruption charges in Commonwealth Games.
When selecting the candidates for the Delhi Assembly election, the AAP should have put people with some administrative experience.
Blunder No. 1: Kejriwal announced grandly that he would not align either with BJP or Congress. And the moment Congress gave the support from outside, he accepted it in a hurry.
Blunder No. 2: His governance was more on drama than on substance. There were no long term plans. The idea was to do some quick fix solutions to the problems of the citizens.
Blunder No. 3: Then he grandly announced to resign on the issue of his pet Lokpal Bill if it was not passed by the Assembly. Constitutionally, bills passed by the Parliament supersedes any bill passed by the Assembly. This legal position was very well-known to Kejriwal. But still he went ahead with the drama.
Blunder No. 4: One of the main reasons he actually resigned was that his ambition by that time had got better of him. He started dreaming of becoming a Prime Minister. He wrongly calculated that by his grand announcement of resignation, he would get public sympathy in the Lok Sabha elections. But the series of blunders cost him the confidence of the very same people who brought him to power. Kejriwal, in a recent meeting, did admit that his resignation was a blunder.
It is also a fact that if Kejriwal had not fallen for the trap of the Congress by forming a ...more