By claiming that relations between his Delhi government and Modi government at the Centre was like "India-Pakistan situation" in his hugely advertised #TalktoAK, Arvind Kejriwal gave an easy headline to the media.
But he didn't specify what position he had in this confrontational relationship — India or Pakistan. In India-Pakistan situation, India and Indians have since the time of Independence believed that Pakistan is aggressor, overt or covert and constantly on the roll for creating tensions in one form or the other. Lately Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been criticised for un-necessarily extending an olive branch on far too many occasions than required. Each time Modi did so, the both the state and non-state actors in Pakistan went on a step further in unleashing fresh bout of hostilities.
For Delhi Chief Minister, the Prime Minister is a "psychopath" and "coward" who has committed a fraud on the nation by acquiring fake and forged graduation and post-graduation degrees and who is mentally so obsessed with him (Kejriwal) that he (Modi) 24x7 keeps on conspiring with his party leaders, Lt Governor, heads of CBI, IB, Delhi Police and so on to confront Modi. In sum and substance, these are the kind of accusations even Pakistan does not make against Modi. Kejriwal would like to believe that in this India-Pakistan situation between Centre and NCT of Delhi, he is India and Modi is Pakistan. It would be for people to judge where does he stand.
He wants to run city government by his whims, constantly challenging, naming Modi and the union government without pausing for a minute to consider that the government runs by set Constitutional and legal norms and more so, the powers of the government in a Union Territory are quite restricted. If he had gotten a prior nod from the Centre to the Bills he intended to pass, as is required under the existing law for NCT of Delhi, 14 bills passed by Delhi assembly wouldn't have hit a roadblock.
He knew this before he assumed power in Delhi but his idea is to create news — play both hero and the victim. Kejriwal has made claims that he is the sole challenger of Narendra Modi who has the guts to fight the might of Centre and everyone else, Congress and regional satraps, have capitulated.
Kejriwal has had the location (Delhi) advantage and knows how media would play his actions to the hilt. His prime concern seems to be his politics of expanding beyond Delhi and in the years to come be able to travel the distance between Civil Lines in Delhi (Delhi Chief Minister's residence) to Race Course Road (Prime Minister's residence) in New Delhi. No harm in having such ambition but if one gets obsessed with that then there is a problem for the city state which he leads.
Lately, he has chosen be an absentee chief minister of Delhi. Though Manish Sisodia is an able Deputy, Delhi surely needs a full time chief minister who is focused more on governance than on playing his brand of politics. He returned to Delhi only few days ago after doing rounds in Punjab, Goa and Gujarat. But after doing a two hour long #TalktoAK (crores of rupees was presumably spent on advertising this session in radio, TV and print) and later in the night he was off to Amritsar — to Golden temple to perform 'Sewa' to 'atone' the Aam Aadmi Party's 'unintentional mistake' of using an image of the temple along with a broom, the party's symbol, on their Punjab youth manifesto.
Television clips showed that Kejriwal was cleaning already clean plates — a person, his party leader or sympathsier standing next to him handing over clean plates and spoons even wiping them afresh, then Kejriwal dipping them in water and putting that on tray. The visuals make it clear that Kejriwal and everyone present there in early hours of Monday at Golden Temple kitchen could see or knew of the dramatic farce that was played out in full glare of cameras.
Kejriwal would like to believe that by cleaning clean plates, he has atoned for the sin committed and people of Punjab would hail him for 'Sewa' performed at most revered Sikh temple and overwhelmingly vote for his Aam Aadmi Party in coming state assembly elections. After he had finished with his dramatic sewa, he said: "I had come here to offer voluntary service to apologise for the unintentional mistake committed in our youth manifesto, I have peace of mind now."
First Published On : Jul 18, 2016 16:38 IST