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Issue No.: 561 | March 2014

The Anarch

Ashok Karnik
The AAP Government of Delhi which was formed with external aid was determined to commit suicide. From the beginning it threw challenges to its opponents to dare bring it down. Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s CM, first held a dharna, disturbing Delhi’s life for two days, demanding suspension of police officers who did not obey his Minister’s illegal orders. Kejriwal fully understood that his demand was untenable. He then started an anti-corruption enquiry against Sheila Dixit, leader of the party on whose support he became CM. He followed it with an FIR against a Central Minister and Mukesh Ambani over the pricing of natural gas, again daring the Central Government to act against him. The dramatic case was uncalled for as the issue of gas pricing was already pending in the Supreme Court. It was clear that the AAP was aiming for high drama rather than a check on corporate corruption. It was great publicity. He ended up by defying the Lt. Governor of Delhi in introducing the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly fully knowing that there were constitutional hurdles in the course he was adopting. The refusal of the BJP/Congress to allow this indiscretion provided AAP the opportunity to abort itself. AAP’s singular aim was to get itself dismissed. It was a kamikaze existence seeking martyrdom every day. AAP’s brief rule of 49 days was intended to prove to the electorate that it was the only honest party in the country and others were corrupt. It may have achieved martyrdom as it chose but possibly damaged its own reputation to some extent. The AAP aims to cleanse the political system through new political tactics. The danger is in its belief that what one considers right can be forced down others’ throat through street power. Kejriwal did not mind being called an anarchist. There lies the danger of righteous but misplaced zeal. (Anarch would have been a better word as it means a free thinker rather than a reckless spoiler). Kejriwal’s ‘My Way or no Way’ stance precludes dialogue that is the essential part of democracy.

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