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What do you think of Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation? Lets have a look at two sides of this coin!

by Krunal M Harne

Disclaimer: I’m neither Anti-AAP, nor am I a die hard AAP supporter. I have tried my best putting forward an unbiased political opinion.

If you are asking me, if Kejriwal’s resignation was a right decision, I would immediately throw a counter question, what do you mean by right - ‘Morally right’ or ‘Politically right’ ?

There are two sides to every coin. 

Forming a political party and becoming a chief minister of Delhi within a year is no joke. 

When Congress dropped drastically down from 43 seats to 8 seats in Delhi elections and BJP won most number of seats but not an overall majority and refused to form a government in the hung assembly, everybody thought that Delhi junta slightly underestimated the power of AAP being able to form a Government hence voted BJP to majority hoping a stable Government instead. It resulted into what looked like a stalemate and immediately after when re-elections were being talked about, AAP was undoubtedly expected to make a clean sweep with their broom.[Make a note] But congress made an optimal move by helping AAP to form a minority Government.

Right from the first day Kejriwal started delivering the promises he made, may it be subsidized electricity rates, free water or the most hyped anti-corruption helpline. The Delhi junta was as hopeful as it never was. Many people opposed him, called him an anarchist but he was firm on the decisions he made. Many of us said, ‘Let’s not judge his Government in a month, let’s give him some time.’ But he turned down all our expectations and finally resigned. Sounds morally incorrect on so many levels, right? After all, Jan Lokpal was not the only issue, there were infinite things the government could have worked on while still continuing the fight for the Jan Lokpal.

These are the views of congress. Obvious, right? But isn’t that what a few of us are thinking right now?

But wait! As I said, there are two sides to every coin.

What drove him to take the decision? It was obviously not an individual’s decision. It shouldn’t be. Clever political moves are and should be well thought. Let’s talk about the political correctness from Kejriwal’s perspective.

He formed a party and defeated giants like Shiela Dixit to end the 15 years long Congress rule. Let’s not underestimate the political shrewdness of this man in the disguise of Aam aadmi, a smart man with a simple white topi and a muffler, who doesn’t use any hi-fi words. Most of us feel like he’s one among us, not like those rich, fat-bellied politicians who chatter in a nonsensical cryptic language.

People in developing countries are not process oriented, they are result oriented. 

People were happy when they got free water, hardly anyone questioned, where did it come from? People were happy when the electricity rates were cut down, a very few bothered to question, how? When he said in a public conference that he filed an FIR against Ambani, people said this guy has guts, nobody asked, what next?  

Now, if we just look at the overall results, AAP government gave us in 49 days, they’re truly remarkable! As a common voter, with these results, just the results, no matter how feasible they’re in long term, the equation looks pretty simple to me - 


49 days = Free Water + Cheap electricity + Anti-corruption helpline + Dharna against police + FIR Against Shiela Dixit + FIR Against Ambani + <Add-a-few-more>


5 years = ??

And this is just Delhi, just one small state! Now try to expand this equation for the biggest democracy in the world with ~1.2 Billion people with the constitution that provides unmatched flexibility at every level. 

AAP has been very successful in connecting with the people, the Aam aadmi of India. And we Indians are emotional people.

Frankly speaking, if I’m a person from a middle class family, I’ll be happy if I can buy onions 10 Rs cheaper than usual, if I get free water, if I get cheap electricity, if my sister/daughter/mother is safe while travelling in the night or say, if the roads around me are in a good condition. Even the simple things like this weren’t provided by the governments before, which resulted into lowering the bars of our expectations. What AAP gave us was more than satisfactory. 

Honestly speaking, this is an emotional attachment of a kind. Still gives me goosebumps to think 'The man who was brutally beaten up by Delhi police a few days before, now goes on to become the Chief minister of Delhi'Samay samay ki baat hai bhai. Just a matter of time isn’t it? 

Here is the brief overview of action items implemented by the so called short-lived AAP Government within 49 days after coming into power.

Dec 29 : Delhi Jal Board chief transferred.

Dec 30 : 700 litres of free water announced for households with regular water connection.

Dec 31 : 50% power subsidy for those consuming up to 400 units.

Jan 1 : CAG audit of power discoms ordered.

Jan 5 : AAP volunteers take rounds of government hospitals to take stock of facilities.

Jan 6 : L-G backs CAG audit.

Jan 7 : Nursery admission helpline announced.

Jan 8 : Infrastructure audit of government schools started.

Jan 8 : Anti-corruption help line announced, launched on Jan 13.

Jan 10 : Helpline to report power cuts.

Jan 31 : Govt threatens to cancel discom licences over outages.

Feb 3 : DERC asked to cancel licences of discoms.

Feb 6 : Fresh probe in Commomwealth Games’ street light project.

Feb 7 : Probe into financial irregularities in construction of Salimgarh Bypass.

Feb 10 : Probe in three DJB ‘scams’.

And as we all know, after the most happening one and a half months of governance they finally quit!

It was always a win-win situation for AAP and Kejriwal. If he were successful in passing the Jan Lokpal, we would have called him a hero. If he weren’t, we could continue blaming BJP and Congress for not supporting him. Also, not fully supporting AAP for Jan Lokpal was the best thing BJP and Congress could do at this moment. Facing the criticism was always better than a few of their ministers going to jails just before the Lok sabha elections.

On the other hand, congress was always playing safe. Even if AAP was secretly hoping congress to withdraw the support, which they never did, even after Kejriwal went to an extent of filing FIRs against their leaders and accusing them of corruption. 

Finally, Jan Lokpal wasn’t passed. Kejriwal was left with no better rational reason for his resignation than Jan Lokpal.

What image of congress and BJP does this portray in front of the country?

  • First of all, 1% of those people who kept saying that AAP is the B-team of congress are proven wrong. 

  • AAP is repeatedly portraying to the media that Both BJP and congress are opposing the Jan Lokpal which is the best solution over corruption and apparently 90% of the country’s problems, indirectly saying that given a chance at centre, AAP can successfully bring the Jan Lokpal.

A picture that says it all -

Target : LS Elections - 

  • Look at the timing of this decision! Had he resigned 10 days before, people would definitely have called him an anarchist. 

  • Look at the series of events - first, some kickass decisions delivering their promises on water and electricity, filing FIRs against giants of congress, involving the biggest bureaucrats and alleging them for funding both the parties and then playing the political martyr. Well played indeed! 

  • Thirdly, since Delhi is no longer their concern, it will give AAP ample time to focus on Lok Sabha elections while there will most probably be governor’s rule in Delhi until LS elections and Delhi elections will mostly be carried out in parallel.

  • By any chance, if BJP forms government in Delhi, it’ll be difficult for them to carry forward the decisions taken by AAP like free water, discounted electricity etc as they are not feasible in long term. It’s a well set trap!

  • If AAP forms government in Delhi again, they’ll always come up with ways of either getting the bill reduced by auditing the discoms and restricting water mafia or logical excuses to moderate the decisions taken by them which were infeasible in long run. Think about the outrage that will be caused if BJP fails to deliver even the basic things from AAP’s agenda.

  • The 49 days v/s 5 years equation is powerful enough to bring about a wave that can very well give hard time to both the parties in the upcoming LS equations.

I would be a little brave and say, forming a government at centre is out of question for AAP, as of now! But they could very well be a deciding factor in the LS elections even if they target 70 odd seats. After all, before the Delhi elections. nobody expected them to come in power, but they did. So it’s too early to comment anything. Due to involvement of AAP in centre, many of us are now afraid of the Khichdi government. 

But yes, at this stage, with the time and resources he has, this is the best Kejriwal could have done. This is called optimization!  A well planned, thoughtful and shrewd, morally arguable yet politically right decision.

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You sure would want to know MYTHS about AAP!

Myth No 1: AAP is weak.
Truth: There is very strong under current in favor of Aam Aadmi Party. The supporters and leaders of AAP are eminent and respected social activists, doctors, professors, and true Indian thinkers. After an overwhelming response in the Delhi assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party is confident that the party has a strong chance of winning more than 100 seats in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014.
Aam Aadmi Party is the first ever Indian political party who dared to speak against Indian corporate, can go to any extent for the privileges of ‘Aam Aadmi’, committed to its words, and determined to remove corruption in the country.
Arvind Kejriwal defeated the three-time chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, and became the seventh CM of Delhi. Arvind Kejriwal is almost ready to contest against Narendra Modi.
Can a weak party leader make such an impact in a short span of time.?
Myth No 2: AAP is inexperienced.
Truth: The AAP has scored good on basic governance and sound policy.The AAP party is comprised of IAS officers and bureaucrats who actually take responsibility of governance. Many of the AAP candidates have spent years with the Congress and BJP. Some of the AAP councilors were associated with the BJP and the Congress. The party has given tickets to candidates from other parties provided candidates were honest and had done social work. AAP has declared to facilitate decentralization in local governance and maximum participation of the ‘Aam Aadmi’ in the decision-making process.
Arvind Kejriwal asserted that governance is not rocket science that is difficult to grasp.
Myth No 3: AAP should prove itself first.
Truth: The party has already proved itself. In just 49 days 36 actions of public interest were taken which were pending since many years. AAP have made few populous announcements within 15 days of coming to power regarding water, electricity, housing, schools admissions, and women security.
The AAP’s achievements in 49-days in office : No to VIP Culture and Security, free water, reduction in power tariff, withdrawal permission for multi-brand retail stores, launched a helpline for nursery admissions, formed a committee under the Chief Secretary for the formation of ‘Mahila Suraksha Dal, night shelters to protect people from cold, audit accounts of private power distribution companies, and examining papers related to the Commonwealth Games and Delhi Jal Board.
What more proof do you need.?
Myth No 4: Arvind Kejriwal is not reliable and over ambitious.
Truth: Arvind Kejriwal showed the public that BJP and Congress are not serious about strong Jan Lokpal Bill. The Congress and BJP declared that it will not support the “unconstitutional” move to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill. Arvind Kejriwal stated that both parties are fooling the people of India, and are afraid if strong Jan Lokpal Bill passed then many of their ministers will be in jail. Arvind Kejriwal resigned as Delhi CM due to inherent weakness of democracy. Arvind Kejriwal is a reliable politician because he understand the issues and mood of the ‘Aam Aadmi’, is more closer to the people, is committed to keep promises, and has clear manifesto for honest politics.
Arvind Kejriwal has always stated that the Delhi victory is not about him or his party but about the ‘Aam Aadmi.’
Arvind Kejriwal doesn’t resigned for his own ambitions, but resigned for national ambitions.
Myth No 5: AAP is Congress Baby.
Truth: AAP has exposed 30+ congress leaders (of list of 29 top corrupts, 24 from congress). The AAP party is looking very strong and is most likely to hurt Congress more than BJP if it engages in direct combat. The contest will be between BJP and AAP, while Congress is nowhere in the fight.
If AAP is a Congress baby:
1. Would Kumar Vishwas contest against Rahul Gandhi.?
2. AAP would not have exposed Robert Vadra.?
3. Can AAP form SIT to probe Congress role in 1984 riots.?
4. Can AAP challenge Congress collusion with Ambani to increase gas prices.?
5. Can Arvind Kejriwal take a bold step to fight against three times Congress CM Sheila Dikshit.?
Arvind Kejriwal statement: “If AAP don’t form the government, BJP says we’re running away from responsibility to give Delhi a government. If AAP form a government, BJP says we’re the B-team of the Congress. Our party is not concerned of Congress and BJP. We concerned only of the ‘Aam Aadmi’. The party’s aim is to solve the issues of Aam Aadmi.”
Myth No 6: AAP is weak and cannot win so i should not vote: (most popular Myth among well-educated ones)
Truth: Readers should consider below mentioned two factors before reaching the judgement:
1. This verse is from the Bhagawad Gita “Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani”
Meaning: You have the right to perform your actions, but you are not entitled to the fruits of the actions. Do not let the fruit be the purpose of your actions, and therefore you won’t be attached to not doing your duty.
We should vote for genuine, honest and non-corrupt politician no matter what the outcome will be. Instances are many when an established politician lost seat and a fresh leader win. Arvind Kejriwal defeated the three-time chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit in the Delhi Elections.
2. A pond full of milk story: Once there was a king who told some of his workers to dig a pond. Once the pond was dug, the king made an announcement to his people saying that one person from each household has to bring a glass of milk during the night and pour it into the pond. So, the pond should be full of milk by the morning. After receiving the order, everyone went home. One man prepared to take the milk during the night. He thought that since everyone will bring milk, he could just hide a glass of water and pour inside the pond. Because it will be dark at night, no one will notice. So he quickly went and poured the water in the pond and came back. In the morning, the king came to visit the pond and to his surprise the pond was only filled with water!
When it comes to helping the country, don’t think that others will take care of it. Rather, it starts from each of you. If you don’t do it, no one else will do it. So, do vote to honest party and that will make a difference to our country. Everybody needs to pour their share of votes to fill this pond of AAP.
Myth No 7: Congress and BJP are enemies, but AAP is a B team of Congress or BJP.
Truth: No, they both help each other in maintaining no 1 and 2 position. BJP had not spoken against Robert Vadra. BJP had all the documents to prove that Electricity rates increased in Delhi are wrong and unjust but never spoken. Don’t BJP know that LPG price are being increased because of the corruption and to favor Reliance? They do know all this but they never speak because this is the politics of “saath ganth”, they also get some benefits for being silent. In Maharashtra irrigation scam companies of both BJP and Congress leaders got contracts. Both BJP and Congress opposed AAP’s move to pass Jan Lokpal Bill. BJP and Congress are old friends showing to be enemies in the public domain just to perpetuate their corrupt practices.
Myth No 8: Arvind Kejriwal is an anarchist.
Truth: Our democratically elected leaders working for corporate houses because of their selfish interest are true anarchists, while Kejriwal fighting for the rights of ‘Aam Aadmi’ is truly democratic. The’ anarchist’ delusion is created by the anti-national forces to divert people’s minds away from his good work.
Arvind Kejriwal stated: “Some people are calling me anarchist but if fighting for people’s right is anarchism then I am anarchist.”
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.- Mahatma Gandhi

PRESS STATEMENT: No Clean Chit For Mr Modi

Contrary to the desperate attempt made by the Gujarat Chief Minister, the fact is that the Supreme Court has never given Mr Modi a clean chit on the issue of 2002 pogrom

In an interview to the foreign news agency Reuters that was published on July 12 2013, Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister has made a desperate attempt to create an impression that Supreme Court has given him a clean chit through the SIT which was appointed by it to investigate the criminal complaint of Zakia Jafri and Citizens for Justice & Peace (CJP) on 27.4.2009. 

A section of the media, without verifying the facts has allowed this impression to gain credibility. 

The facts in relation to Supreme Court and SIT are as follows:

The SIT was appointed by the Supreme Court on 26.3.2008 on a petition by Teesta Setalvad, D.N.Pathak, Cedric Prakash and Others, first to look into the nine cases recommended by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to be investigated by the CBI. 

The same SIT was a year later also asked to look into the criminal complaint against Narendra Modi and 61 others filed first before the Gujarat Police on 8.6.2006.

The SIT submitted its report on the Zakia Jafri and CJP Complaint to the Supreme Court on 12.5.2010 itself recommending that Further Investigation was required. 

In the interim, the SC had also to drop two officers from the SIT, Shivandand Jha (because he was an accused in the Zakia Jafri complaint) and Geeta Johri who had been found, in the Sohrabuddin case to have serious strictures passed against her by the Supreme Court itself. (April 6 2010)

The following features of the SIT report need special mention:

  1. It found the speeches of N Modi objectionable and that Modi had a communal mindset, travelling 300 kilometres to Godhra but not visiting any relief camps that housed the internally displaced Muslims, victims of reprisal killings post Godhra until 6.3.2002.
  2. It found it questionable that bodies of the unfortunate Godhra victims were handed over to a non-government person, Jiadeep Patel of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) who is currently facing trial in the Naroda Gaam massacre case;
  3. It found that Saneev Bhatt an officer of the State Intelligence, Gujarat had opined that he attended the controversial meeting at the chief minister’s residence indicating that illegal and objectionable instructions were given.
  4. It accepted that Police Officers like RB Sreekumar, Rahul Sharma, Himanshu Bhatt and Samiullah Ansari who had performed their tasks legally had been penalised and persecuted by the Modi regime and those who had buckled under the illegal and unconstitutional instructions had been favoured consistently;
  5. It however still concluded that there is no prosecutable evidence against the chief minister

The SC was not satisfied with this conclusion and directed that the Amicus Curiae Mr  Raju Ramachandran, who had already been appointed to assist the Supreme Court in this critical case, visit Gujarat, independently assess the evidence garnered and meet with witnesses directly, bypassing SIT.

Amicus Curiae Raju Ramachandran submitted an Interim report (January 2011) and Final report (July 2011).

The Supreme Court gave the SIT an opportunity to further investigate in light of the Amicus Curiae’s contrary findings and thereafter file a Final Report before a Magistrate on 12.9.2011. In the same order the SC gave the petitioners the inalienable right to file a Protest petition and access all documents related to the SIT
After its further investigation the SIT, ignoring the contents of the Amicus Curiae report, filed a final closure report on 8.2.2012 without issuing any notice to the complainant Zakia Jafri and CJP as is required under Section 173(2)(ii) of the CRPC. Worse, it fought a hard as nails battle to deny access to any of the documents related to the investigation to the petitioners.

It took a whole year, from 8.2.2012 to 7.2.2013 for the complainant to access all the documents related to the Investigation including the SIT Reports filed before the Supreme Court. The complainant Zakia Jafri assisted by the CJP filed the Protest Petition on 15.4.2013.

The petitioners Mrs. Zakia Jaffri and CJP are now arguing in support of the Protest Petition being allowed, showing through an arduous and rigorous process, how the SIT ignored its own evidence. Arguments that began on June 25 are still going on. 

It is clear from the above that the SC has never given Mr  Modi a clean chit on the issue of 2002 pogrom. These facts could have been earlier verified by Reuters as well as the collusive media. We hope that the media will present the facts truthfully in relation to the ‘so-called’ clear chit to Mr  Modi



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