Congress Doing Business as AAP in Delhi

Surprisingly, Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has suddenly discovered that Congress is not a corrupt party and it’s okay to form an alliance with it. Why?

By Rakesh Raman

Rakesh Raman
Rakesh Raman

“Doing Business As” (or DBA) is a term used for business operations where the visible name of the business entity is not its actual name.

Strangely, now DBA is also being used in politics, which has become a commercial activity for politicians to make money by fair means of foul.

This is evident in today’s (Dec. 23) decision of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has decided to join hands with its arch rival Congress party to grab political power in Delhi and form the government.

Many political observers have been saying that AAP is a secret project of Congress (or B Team of Congress) that Congress launched to defeat its traditional rival BJP in Delhi, as Congress’ own chances of winning the recent Assembly election were dismal.

Although Congress and AAP were projected as different parties, but it was believed that Congress was doing business as AAP in Delhi. And today Congress has achieved its secret objective, as BJP will have to sit on the opposition benches in Assembly despite winning the maximum number of seats in Delhi election.

Headed by Arvind Kejriwal, AAP was formed by labeling both Congress and BJP as highly corrupt parties and during all its political campaigns, AAP had maintained that it will never join hands with any of them.

Even in his 18-point letter (dated Dec. 14) to explore the possibility of support from both the parties, Kejriwal had stated that his “AAP party was formed to counter the corrupt, criminal, and communal politics of parties like BJP and Congress.”

Surprisingly in just 10 days of this statement, Kejriwal has suddenly discovered that Congress is not a corrupt party and it’s okay to form an alliance with it.

Why? Because Kejriwal’s eyes were on grabbing political power and become the Delhi Chief Minister even with the support of a “corrupt, criminal, and communal” party. His greed has come to the fore, though he always claimed that he is an honest man fighting against corruption selflessly.

This is a huge blow to the sentiment of Delhi voters who had supported AAP in the election, thinking that it’s is an honest party and will play clean politics. Before deciding to take Congress’ support today, AAP also tried to hoodwink the poor voters by saying that it will take their consent before taking any decision.

During the past week or so, AAP has been frivolously collecting people’s response through mobile phone messages, public meetings, etc. where people were asked “Should AAP form government in Delhi?” Only God knows who said what in these meaningless interactions, but AAP decided to form the government using the garb of this gimmick.

Even a fool would know that mobile messages can be manipulated and ordinary people (most of them illiterate) will raise their hands to everything in such public meetings when you tutor them with your own selected words.

But AAP is AAP. It doesn’t want to lose any opportunity to greedily grab power which is a new world of glamor for the party and its debutant politicians.

However, under Congress party’s shadow, AAP’s days are numbered because Congress would soon like to do business under its own brand of politics and not as a DBA (Doing Business As) entity.

During the next few days, AAP has to fulfill its poll promises like formation of a strong Lokpal to stop corruption, auditing of the electricity companies to detect cases of fraud, 50% reduction in electricity charges, 700 liters of free clean water for each household in Delhi, and a host of other commitments.

The way AAP has dubiously behaved today, it appears that its sole mission was to taste power even for a few days. And now if it’s not able to deliver on its promises to people, it will play with words in a cunning manner and indulge in customary blame games as other corrupt political parties do.

Under such a confused state of affairs, the fate of Delhi people is in the hands of the Almighty. Good luck to them.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company.

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