In fact, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is a party of short-cutters – people who want political benefits without doing anything useful for public.
By Rakesh Raman
Arvind Kejriwal, who has recently been anointed as the Chief Minister of Delhi state, has written a letter to a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Prakash Javdekar.
In the letter, Kejriwal has expressed his desire to appoint Sanjiv Chaturvedi as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in his office. Chaturvedi is currently working as deputy secretary at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), a leading government hospital in Delhi.
As the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of AIIMS during 2012-14, Chaturvedi had exposed certain corruption cases in his department. Subsequently, he was removed from the CVO position while Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had supported him as a whistle-blower.
It is believed that Kejriwal, who calls himself an anti-corruption crusader, will appoint Chaturvedi to head an exclusive anti-corruption wing of the Delhi government.
The move is expected to displease many of Kejriwal’s associates who were neither allowed to contest the recent Delhi election nor being considered for a lucrative position in the government.
Some of them have started sending subtle innuendos that they are not happy without a government benefit. For example, an AAP leader Ashutosh tweeted today “politics is deceptive and he is not fit for politics.”
This is an excuse to make an exit from AAP because the party did not give any political gift to such members. Although to accommodate its greedy members, AAP has decided to spread its wings in more Indian states, if it failed to please them they are expected to leave the party under some flimsy pretext.
It had happened in the past when on similar grounds senior AAP members such as Vinod Kumar Binny and Shazia Ilmi left AAP and joined rival BJP. Among AAP’s current ambitious members are Yogendra Yadav, Kumar Vishwas, and Prashant Bhushan who – if not satisfied substantially by AAP – can quit the party.
In fact, AAP is a party of short-cutters – people who want political benefits without doing anything useful for public. As all AAP members have negligible experience in politics, they joined this dirty game to avail undue benefits. As they can’t hope to leapfrog in a traditional poltical party, they chose the fledgling party AAP.
Kejriwal himself is also a product of poltical deception. While he could exploit social activist Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign to gain undue popularity and quickly rise in politics, his other party members did not get similar opportunity. They wanted to exploit Kejriwal’s ill-gotten popularity to make their own political careers.
Perhaps Kejriwal understands their avaricious intentions because they belong to his own breed. That’s why Kejriwal is ignoring them and wants to run AAP as an absolute dictator. Can he?
You also can read: More Articles by the RMN Editor, Rakesh Raman
Photo courtesy: AAP