As Arvind Kejriwal and his clique have been divested of almost all their powers in a court order, now they are just wasting their time in mischievous hijinks.
By Rakesh Raman
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop, and idle hands his tools.” This proverb goes well with Delhi-based Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which is running a dummy government headed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Of late, the Delhi High Court has clarified that Delhi is a union territory and the lieutenant governor (LG) Najeeb Jung is its administrative head.
As a result, Kejriwal and his clique have been divested of almost all their powers and now they are just wasting their time in mischievous hijinks.
Last week, AAP decided to remove its minister Sandeep Kumar when a sex tape involving him had surfaced. It was alleged that Kumar was enjoying sex with two women, although he said he is being falsely implicated in the case.
But an AAP worker Ashutosh dared to challenge AAP’s decision saying that it was a private affair of the minister and the party should not have thrown him out.
He expressed it is a common practice that political leaders in India and abroad experiment with different women to satisfy their romantic urges. So, he said AAP should not punish Sandeep Kumar by removing him from his post.
But Kejriwal – who runs AAP as a sole proprietorship firm – has refused to budge. In a video message, Kejriwal said that since Sandeep Kumar has betrayed the party, he must face the consequences.
Kejriwal, however, did not apply the same yardstick on himself when he was also allegedly involved in a corruption case and a recorded conversation was released by an AAP leader.
Last year, a former MLA from Delhi’s Rohini constituency Rajesh Garg had sent shock waves in the AAP political camp by releasing the taped conversation with Kejriwal. In his phone call with Garg, Kejriwal had asked him to break six MLAs from the opposition Congress party.
Recorded before the dissolution of the Delhi Assembly, the conversation revealed Kejriwal’s desperation to form the AAP government in Delhi by using corrupt methods.
People who closely observe Kejriwal’s actions know that he is a dishonest man. He had betrayed his guru and mentor Anna Hazare to grab political power. And he applies different sets of rules for different people.
Earlier, a leading think tank Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), supported by a political watchdog Delhi Election Watch, had revealed before the Delhi election that 23 (33%) of 70 AAP candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
But Kejriwal did not remove them from the party. Out of these 23 AAP candidates with criminal records, 22 had won the election and became part of the AAP government in Delhi.
But when two AAP leaders – Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav – raised their voice against Kejriwal’s high-handedness, Kejriwal removed them from the party in an unceremonious manner.
As the political setup of Kejriwal has completely failed to run the Delhi government smoothly, he is behaving in an utterly irresponsible manner.
Recently, he said in a video message that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi might get him killed. Without giving any basis for his apprehension, Kejriwal said that Modi is so scared of him that he can get him murdered. But Modi showed his magnanimity last month by wishing long life to Kejriwal on his birthday.
With all this Kejriwal-led chaos in AAP and Delhi government, most in his party know that AAP is on the verge of collapse. So, they have started raising their voices against Kejriwal’s arbitrary decisions. Ashutosh is one of them.