Delhi Government Resignation Re-visited - ET

Is the middle class starting to have second thoughts about the Aam Aadmi Party? A key issue that seems to be bothering their minds is the recent resignation of the Kejriwal government in Delhi. There are some who say, “You had an opportunity to govern but you threw it all away because you were too ambitious and wanted to grow bigger, faster - let the BJP govern in 2014 and we’ll vote for you in 2019.” A simple thought comes to mind: Can we tolerate such extreme corruption in this country for another 5 years? Is choosing the lesser of the two evils the only way forward?


Let us retrace the steps leading up to the resignation of the Kejriwal government in Delhi. When the Jan Lokpal bill was expected to be tabled in the assembly, Arvind Kejriwal had an on-stage interview in the midst of the Delhi Lit Festival where he had said categorically that if the bill can’t be passed, his government would resign. This was telecast live. The anchor was thrilled and at the same time surprised because, firstly, she knew she had just been delivered a TRP coup, and secondly, she was least expecting such a candid response from the young CM.


In this day and age of Indian politics, it is almost impossible to find a leader who does not wish to hang on to power at any cost. Kejriwal’s critics will disagree, but his comments at the interview showed tremendous conviction and courage. There seemed be no doubt in his mind that if the centerpiece of AAP’s agenda couldn’t be passed, then there was no point in remaining in power. It was a principled stand. To him, it was not at all complicated. It’s not about being in power. It’s about bringing about systemic changes. And such changes won’t come about with a minority government. It was an incredible display of great clarity of thought and purpose, the kind of political leadership this country has not witnessed in the lifetime of most of its young population. Kejriwal’s critics can deride him all they want but it is these very attributes that endear him to most of his supporters whose numbers are growing by the minute.


Politics might be the art of the possible. But unfortunately, that realm of possibility does not include making opposition politicians who are corrupt agree to laws that could eventually land themselves in jail! Resignation of the Delhi government was the only course of action.


Next, let's look at the role of the other parties in this process. The Congress party tried to prevent the tabling of the bill by dragging the Lt. Governor into the mix and seeking constitutional avenues to provide roadblocks. Besides, the public session at Ram Leela Maidan that Kejriwal and team requested was turned down for flimsy security reasons. The BJP, on the other hand, tried to have it both ways. On the one hand, the BJP wanted to scuttle the bill too, but on the other hand, they could not appear to join hands with the Congress. So Harsh Vardhan tweeted saying, “We’ll support the bill.” Shortly thereafter, in the aftermath of the FIR against Mukesh Ambani, the BJP had to rethink and backtrack on its plans and decided instead to plunge the assembly into chaos.


The reality is that neither party wanted the bill to be tabled. What’s wrong in having a discussion on the bill? How can there be dialog unless the bill is tabled? Clearly, AAP didn’t have the numbers and the Congress and BJP weren’t up to playing “ball.” Then, where is the question of negotiation?


A strong anti-corruption deterrent has been the cornerstone of AAP’s agenda. So anyone who expects the AAP to compromise on corruption has completely misread this movement and what it represents. The AAP government was in an extraordinary situation, and there was no option left but to resign. As the saying goes, you can’t make omelets without breaking a few eggs.


When I hear people branding AAP as being too early and unprepared to govern in 2014, I am reminded of 2008 when then-candidate Obama was rated by many as being inexperienced to lead America. He responded brilliantly in a speech in which he said, "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." This was true then for America and I believe it is true for India today. It’s entirely up to us to seize the moment, or lose it forever. more  

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I with agree George. He should campaign for AAP candidates and target all the Delhi seats in general and other important seat in particular. In case he fight from Varanasi or from any other seat there is possibility that AAP may not figure in good numbers in LS. more  
My personal opinion is that AK should not fight from Varanasi. Varanasi is a place of high class religious fundamentalists. It is very difficult for him to win from there and should not take a defeat/chance in life. Varanasi people will definitely think that if Modi becomes PM, Varanasi will develop abundantly.

AK should lead the parliament election campaign and will campaign in all assembly constituencies in Delhi and make sure that all the 7 seats in Delhi are won by AAP. Now the momentum of AAP campaign in Delhi is very slow and the election dates is very near. He should lead the campaign in Delhi and make sure that he is with the people of Delhi. He should educate people about the reason for his resignation and power, gas and water prices issues to the innocent people. The opposition parties are spreading rumors and false propaganda against AAP. If we get at least 4 seats out of 7, in next assembly election, AAP will win at least 50 seats with full majority. more  
Ganga Ram Ji, BJP always pla communal politics directed by VHP and RSS. Constitution of India provides equal rights to all why BJP opposes certain relegions/Casts. more  
AVINASH DAVE JI, THERE ARE TWO PERSONALITIES OF HAVING PARTIES IN LARGEST-SCALE THROUGHOUT INDIA IN CONTESTING LS ELECTION,2014 NAMELY, MODI OF BJP & OTHER ONE IS RAHUL OF CONGRESS. RAHUL/CONGRESS HAS FINISHED AS ITS PARTY LET THE UNCONTROLLED MPs TO LOOT FEARLESSLY WITH FLOUTING LARGELY THE RULES & LAWS. NOW, MODI IS LEFT. MODI IS CORRUPT, CRIMINAL, COMMUNAL & THE TERRORIST(AS GUJARATIS ARE ALWAYS IN FEAR OF LEST THE OTHER RIOTS SHOULD START). IF MODI COMES IN POWER AS P.M., THE DAY WILL BE WRITTEN IN BLACK INK. WHY DO ALL PARTIES, IN A HURRY, WANT TO STOP HIM? WHY IS BJP TRYING TO LEAVE & FORGET ITS MALFUNCTIONING & MISDEEDS UNDER THE NAME OF "NAMO"? BECAUSE, EVERYBODY IN POLITICS KNOW VERY WELL THAT BJP HAVE BEEN FILLING COMMUNALISM, CRIMINALISM, TERRORISM, DYNASTICISM & CORRUPTION IN ITS EVERY DROP OF BLOOD FOR SO MANY YEARS. MEDIA-HOUSES, CORPORATE HOUSES, SWARN-JAATI PEOPLE & OTHER RIOTIC-NATURED-SENAS LIKE SHIV-SENA, BAJRANG-SENA, RSS AND SO MANY MORE ARE WITH BJP, WHY?. MODI IS SHEER COMMUNAL HENCE, BJP IS ESTABLISHING HIM TO LEAD THIS PARTY & CAUSE THE MUSLIMS & CHRISTIANS RUN AWAY FROM INDIA WITH THE HELP OF MASSACRES IN LARGE AMOUNTS AS IF THEY ARE COME FROM FOREIGN. WHILE WE KNOW THAT MOST OF THEM ARE CONVERTED MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIANS. IF DISCOVERED, THEIR FORE-FATHERS MUST BE HINDUS. SO THEN, WHY BJP ARE AGAINST THEM? more  
I agree with Shalinji. what message AAP wants to give to voters? Only Modi is corrupt and should be voted out.or it is a strategy to be in media . If it is a strategy then it is O.k..Did AAP accept that Modi is main contender for P.M. post? if AAP has an objective of Clean politics without corruption then it should be in a planned way rather than we are discussing only Modi. suppose Modi is defeated from Varanasi & Vadodra , so what, can't he be nominated to Rajyasabha. can't he be elected from any other safe constituency if BJP has to make him P.M.
WHAT ABOUT MAYAWATI/ MULAYAM/ LALU/PASWAN/KARUNANIDHI/ SHARAD YADAV THEY ALL ARE TAINTED.WHAT DON'T STRONG LEADERS OF AAP FIGHT AGAINST THEM.
AAP is helping BJP by targetting Modi and it gives wrong impression that indirectly, AAP is helping Congress and other parties.
AAP has done a mistake by forming minority Goverment and leaving Delhi Public half way , neither here & nor there.The best solution was to go back to all Delhi Constituency and pose a question and ask the voters" AAP has 6 seats short of majority. can you give another six seats after re election then AAP cxan take all decision as per their menifesto. People would have gladly supprted AAP and in re election majority was inevitable. AAP asked the public that they want to form Government without majority and all of them raised hands. It wwas a technical mistake fro AAP and needs introinspection.we all want to done awayw ith corruption but tools required in form of majority . so do not hurry and take appropriate time form making strategy as we all hope that AAP will emerge as winner may be it may take some time. more  
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