Does Arvind Kejriwal deserve a break, or does he sit up and ask for it?

Mr Kejriwal is odd. And the BJP in Delhi is constantly getting even. That is the capital’s genuine number plate. Lt. Governor Jung has a flag and a siren and the Ashoka Lions to protect him.

Thanks to these three entities, the city’s 18 million inhabitants have literally given up on any sort of roadway being found to even a bit of governance. There are so many battlefronts and new ones opening up every day that no one can keep pace.

Co-starring in this bizarre scenario is Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who would love to run over AK regardless of what number plate he has and throw a spanner in the works at every opportunity. Which he does with breathtaking impunity. This intrigue and hostility is never explained. Why should the people of Delhi accept a situation in which the Lt Governor and the Chief Minister are at loggerheads on principle?

Arvind Kejriwal. File photo. PTI

Arvind Kejriwal. File photo. PTI

You don’t have to love AK (almost an impossible task, much less a huggable bear than a grouch) but really, let’s not be naive. You cannot have the bureaucracy pushing off on a strike one day before the massive traffic initiative. It does not simply stink of a conspiracy to embarrass Kejriwal. It is a mean and deliberate move to mess with his head.

Such an attack the people can suffer because they are sick to the stomach of this unholy trinity and its complete lack of any work ethic. It is not even a joke any more, just a daily grumble. They can beat each other into oblivion and it wouldn’t bother most of us. Why should we respect them if they won’t respect us and worse, will not respect themselves? What the public must not and should not suffer is the thwarting of any move that improves the city.

If those senior officers took mass leave on ‘considered advice’ on the last day of the year, then they are anti-people and should be taken to task. For better or worse, the odds-even traffic thinning initiative is needed to save our kids from the cancerous cloud.

Arvind Kejriwal may be a spoilt child, petulant, sulky and whiney. He might also be his own worst enemy in that only someone suffering from a terminal case of self-aggrandisement would tweet a long term experiment as a success a couple of hours into its launch. Talk about setting himself up for ridicule. Encourage the people, wish them well for responding but don’t raise the bar so fast. You will trip over it.

That said, he is the elected chief minister of Delhi. The people, for better or worse, opted for him. You cannot hogtie him at every step. AK reminds one of the hypochondriac who finally died and on his tombstone were the words: See, I told you I was sick.

Kejriwal probably has a sign in his office which says: I am not paranoid. See, I said I have enemies.

He is at war with the PMO, with the IAS cadre and with the Lt Governor’s office. The Congress would love to slip a load of banana skins in his path. And now the DANIC rank and file have shown their hand. Even Anna Hazare thinks twice before sharing a cup of tea with him.

In Feb 2014 Firstpost advised Mr Kejriwal to learn how to make friends,not enemies.

The advice is still blowing in the wind.

Updated Date: Jan 01, 2016 14:51 PM

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