Delhi Elections: Return of the protest-happy Anarchist

Edward Murrow gave us the renowned quote ‘A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves’, which underscores what often goes wrong in a democracy which we perceive to be a ‘Government of the people , for the people by the people.’ Hence we are often told that if a country/city/state suffers from socio-economic aberrations, the fault in a way lies with the public who used their democratic right in a haphazard manner, thus bringing in an inefficient Government. Going by today’s Delhi election results, Mr. Murrow’s quote is quite apt.

On the other hand, Delhi elected BJP on all the seven seats in the LS polls, but instead of striking the iron while it was hot—that is, declaring polls right after winning the Lok Sabha, the BJP delayed the assembly polls possibly hoping for the AAP to collapse on its own.

Two years ago when Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was elected to power, the reason given by the bulk of the populace who supported AAP was that Kejriwal looked like a proper alternative to the corrupt and dynastic Congress as well as the ‘communally fascist’ BJP. Most of those voters were those individuals not invested in parties and hence preferred voting for what they thought was an alternative. The BJP even with Narendra Modi as their PM candidate could not manage to obtain that space from AAP. By the time of Lok Sabha polls AAP’s footprint had expanded to Punjab. The mainstream media whose anti-BJP bias is well-known, fully backed AAP.

On winning power Mr. Kejriwal and his party men decided to take the people for a ride by promising unrealistic subsidies and freebies and coupling it up with unnecessary public drama. But it seemed that said drama could only work for forty-nine days after which the AAP relinquished power and put Delhi under President’s rule. Suddenly Mr. Kejriwal and his colleagues who were presenting themselves as alternatives to corruption and communalism instead became ugly clones of the Congress Party with more zeal and questionable credentials. It appeared nifty in avoiding uncomfortable queries like its top leaders sympathizing with the Naxal agenda, or about its senior leader Prashant Bhushan behaving like a spokesman of the Kashmiri separatists and Kejriwal meeting a rabid Islamist leader who issued a fatwa to murder Taslima Nasreen.

During the Lok Sabha polls Mr. Kejriwal chose to contest elections from Varanasi challenging the then PM candidate of the BJP, Narendra Modi. To garner national support, AAP shook hands with rabid Islamists, violent Naxalites as well as Kashmiri separatists while treating Delhi as their fiefdom.

On winning power Mr. Kejriwal and his party men decided to take the people for a ride by promising unrealistic subsidies and freebies and coupling it up with unnecessary public drama

At that time many “experts” in the media and self-proclaimed political analysts were puzzled as to why Mr. Kejriwal chose Varanasi over Delhi, to which he curtly replied ‘Who should we save, Delhi or the country?’ On 16 May both Delhi and nation showed they did not feel the need to be rescued by Mr. Kejriwal. But that did not stop AAP from continuing its drama which became their trademark. Now going by Mr. Kejriwal’s ‘Who should we save logic,’ I expected him to field someone else to be the CM candidate for Delhi while he could continue his crusade to rescue the nation.  But Mr. Kejriwal realized it is better to have a base to rule than to embark on an unnecessary journey and thus he declared himself as the CM candidate once again.

Now in spite of the fact that AAP witnessed a huge downfall between December 2013 and May 2014, the media and many anti-BJP ‘experts’ constantly projected AAP as an alternative. On the other hand, Delhi elected BJP on all the seven seats in the LS polls, but instead of striking the iron while it was hot—that is, declaring polls right after winning the Lok Sabha, the BJP delayed the assembly polls possibly hoping for the AAP to collapse on its own.

The AAP utilized this period to regroup and then started a spirited door to door campaign. The state unit of BJP was not even remotely active, which, coupled with the presence of corrupt BJP members in the municipal corporations in Delhi, made the BJP unappealing to the public. Equally, the BJP didn’t mount any serious attack against controversial sources funding AAP.

But what surprises me is the Delhite public’s willing ignorance of some of Kejriwal’s stated positions: promising to make life difficult for e-Commerce groups, his silence on the presence of Naxal sympathizers in his party, his unrealistic populist promises which can very well bankrupt Delhi. It is also astonishing how quickly the “bhagoda” tag that cast Kejriwal into extended and deserved infamy was forgotten by the Delhi voters as also his destructive 49-day regime. I will end with these lyrics of this famous Bob Dylan song:

How many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
How many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

  • Dr. MS

    I am both surprised and amused by Kejriwal’s victory. I am curious about his voters. Who are they? If I hire you after a lot of ground work and you quit after two months with reasons that are murky, absurd and vague, would I hire you again within a year? I believe in second chances and even third chances. If Mr. Kejriwal came to this Delhi fight with at least five years of experience elsewhere, and showed real learning and wisdom, one might re-consider him for the job he once quit. But in less that a year, and that too with a scripted response that does not convince me in my head, heart or gut, that he has learnt anything? No! So, who are these voters? One cannot believe that Indians would be this naive or this impulsive. Either Mr. Kejriwal is going to fool them again, or he is a puppet for a small group of people with a hidden agenda There is no Aam in Aam Aadhami party any more. Grow up Delhiites.

  • mhndv

    Without doubt cumulative leadership of the party which won Delhi is not that smart or experienced to chalk out such a strategy. They are receiving constant monitoring and support from the shrewd and active saboteurs who get engaged in similar activities in other countries. Only thing India being a large and diverse country and result of 2014 Loksabha elections have made them cautious and alert to restrict to small but important location:Delhi. Otherwise in 2014 attempt was made to jump at all India level. First thing this master actors of sabotaging has already done-infesting Indian media with their stooges. The way biographical paeans of a man who is yet to deliver are being circulated in media should not be taken lightly by nationalists. Apart from advantages, Democracy provides great tool to wreck from within and nobody understand and use it better than this anti-nationals. USSR was successfuly torn into pieces, China which cannot be touched now, could be taken care of later but other likly to be major power India is all attention at. Even jungle animals know fox better than Indians know traitors is established history.

  • Dr. MS

    I am both surprised and amused by Kejriwal’s victory. I am curious about his voters. Who are they? If I hire you after a lot of ground work and you quit after two months with reasons that are murky, absurd and vague…would I hire you again within a year? I believe in second chances and even third chances. If Mr. Kejriwal came to this Delhi fight with at least five years of experience elsewhere and showed real learning and wisdom…one might re-consider him for the job he quit once. But in less that a year…with a scripted response that does not convince me in my head, heart or gut? No! So…who are these voters? One cannot believe that Indians would be this naive or this dumb. Either Kejriwal is going to fool them again, or he is a puppet for a small group of people with a hidden agenda There is no Aam Aadhami in Aam Aadhami party any more. Grow up Delhiites.

  • Sam

    A Pyrrhic victory, because Kejriwal and Salim and Sardesai and their ilk can never fulfill the impossible promises that the Delhi voter stupidly believe in. Delhi is slated to go the way of Kolkatta; backwards economically and mired in anti-business rhetoric (except for corrupt businesses that thrive under this government-heavy environment and never create any worthwhile jobs or development while lining the pockets of these populist politicians and their friends). The BJP may yet learn that Muslims and Christians are not going to vote for them no matter what is in their economic interests. Anywhere there is a sizable Muslim and Christian population will be guaranteed to resist Modi’s attempt to grow the economy, so there is no point to try to pander to these groups and dilute the development that the majority of Hindus yearn for. India is too large and there are too many entrenched interests who want a free lunch to change right away. With the collapse of the dynasty, the fight is simpler – development and hard-work versus free-loading pie-in-the-sky lotus eaters. Development in the BJP-led states will be the best answer to the failed policies that the Delhi voters have swallowed yet once again.

  • If ne recall further that Kejriwal had said it openly, perhaps in fear of humiliation, “I’m not going to Varanasi to win but to defeat Modi”. What does it signify? Wasn’t he speaking it under the guidance of his handlers? Who are his handlers must be fully investigated in the best interest of national priode and ecurity? But trying it may not be easy even foor Modi as these forces are too powerful and as Prof Nalapat predicts, there are going to be massive protests against Modi frm sometime onwards. Not surprised, the forces will try to derail Modi like project Kundankulam. Tanks to Sonia Gandhi for promotion of these anti-national Christian missionaries.

  • I,m most perplexed about is more about our MSM in India than Kejriwal. Kejriwal is a by-product of controversies and conspiracies ab initio if you start with his vow for keeping out of politics till date from AK49 to PM brush to massive victory today. I an’t understand his prediction of zero seat for congress to Deepak Chaurasia in writing. I was just numb. How could Kejriwal be so adamantly sure on congress’ zero seat. Most of even MSM predictions couldn’t do it despite their huge resources…!!! Doesn’t it lead one to smell a rat?

  • Manokaran K

    Being slapped awake from their wet dreams, NaMo bhakths are disoriented and bitter. Get well soon!!

    • pravnedra patel

      its seems that you never gonna grown up yourself. still smell your mam’s milk on your lips. delhite has made biggest blunder giving mandate to kejriwal the sore looser are delhite and winner are anti india gang. wait and watch another max 2 years that all people will realize what they have done to themselves.

      • kumar ramalingam

        You wasted your precious time to reply an aaptard

  • K.Harapriya

    Going by Kejriwal’s employment history (Wikipedia), he doesn’t seem to have stayed anywhere longer than a few years. Even in the tax dept, he left after a few years. Generally, administrative skills, is something one gains from years of experience and can be quite dull and tedious. Kejriwal might find that the idea of being CM is more glamorous than it actually is.

    • power

      Kejriwal need not haev brains… his handlers have bigger and worse thining that will harmIndia in hte long run… liek the Indian space program was slowed by the unnecessary SPying angle on the cheif scientist who was pithcing for a newer propulsion engine…..and killign of homi bhabhau and Shastriji in Moscow…. we will haev maultitude of NGO’s who will help in slowing the economy of India… We need a dictator liek China ot grow and ensure spread of wealth…..whiel supressing foreign culture, thought nadreligion that will be inimical to Seckularism and Dharma..