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Rajendra Kumar's arrest: The hole in the bucket is far too large this time, Arvind Kejriwal


There’s a hole in the bucket dear Liza, dear Liza, there is a hole in the bucket...
Well ,fix it, dear Arvind, well fix dear Arvind...

This is going to be a hard one to fix, however well Chief Minister Kejriwal may sing any old song.

Including: When the night has come, And the land is dark, And the moon is the only light Rajendra will see I still won't be beaten by Modeeeeeee.

Or

Namo's got a fast car I want a ticket to anywhere, Maybe we make a deal, Maybe together we can get somewhere, just keep old Jung out of the back seat, now won’t that be neat...

Or

(I don't know what to do)
Say it wasn't you
(Alright)

The CBI came in and caught my PS red-handed
Cleaning out the company store:
AAP chorus; it wasn’t him, it wasn’t him.

Jokes and music aside, the bucket is leaking big time and you cannot keep blaming the Modi government for everything. It is not going to wash. You cannot have your PS caught with his paw in the jar and scream ‘entrapment’ and expect everyone to nod wisely and agree. Even if you are not a Modi fan, he is the PM and he isn’t sitting there orchestrating CBI raids.

File photo of Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

File photo of Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

This case has been under the microscope since last year and you have to accept that the CBI would tread very carefully before making an arrest that could backfire so badly as to place the whole investigative agency on the carpet. If one recalls this gentleman was raided last year.

So, someone has been building a case brick by brick till there was enough to haul him in.

Despite Deputy CM Manish Sisodia again predictably creating that froth of making it a AAP vs Modi war, this time around, the indignation seems to be a bit stretched and even die-hard AAP supporters will be concerned that this could knock Kejriwal’s righteous piety for a loop.

As the current contender for the Mr Clean stakes on the Indian political scene, Kejriwal has made a fetish of open and transparent government.

But now that ‘the Modi lot won’t let me work’ angle has lost its bite, he needs some magical detergent and it isn’t there.

If evidence does emerge confirming that Kumar was involved in a scam and was dispensing favours and misusing his position, Kejriwal might find that like Lady Macbeth, it is tough to wash your hands off the stains.

They will stick to him. The first obvious question would be; didn’t you know what was happening in your own office, under your nose? Are you that naive? The guy was under surveillance and after last year’s due warning, weren’t you watching him and his cohorts.

Fact: Arvind, you are so busy exhausting the day chasing Modi shadows, you have no clue what’s going on in your own yard and your frontline is doing the dirty.

Fact: As the boss, you are responsible for your team.

For Arvind, this is a bad one, a real twist in the tail and the tale. Not all the screaming in the world and pointing fingers at the BJP is going to help get rid of the stench.

Perhaps the one smart thing he could do is stop his people from making unnecessary statements and then literally go into his office, lock the door, put on his muffler and study the evidence. And if he comes to the conclusion that his own trusted sidekick has been a thief, then stand up and own it.

If not, then fight like a tiger, whatever the cost.

You want to preserve your credibility with the public Mr Chief Minister, don’t just say it, prove the BJP has manipulated this whole exercise.

Nothing less will do.

In the interim, Rajendra and his cohorts can sing:

Arvind brought me coffee
And he brought me tea
He brought me every damn thing
But he didn’t bring the jailhouse key.

Leave it that way, Arvind, it is your reputation on the line.

First Published On : Jul 4, 2016 20:50 IST

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