Come election time and rumours and allegations start flying thick and fast adding to the pollution of the already polluted environment of Delhi.
In this smog appearances are deceptive. No one is sure as to what will be the real picture once the sun has cleared the darkness.
Election dates have not been declared yet but the war rooms of various political parties are busy drawing out strategies for the D day.
In this war the most mystifies personality even after being in the political lime light for quite some time now is Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party whose controversial resignation as Chief Minister has led to these elections. Normally the people of Delhi have been giving a clear verdict but the hung assembly after the last elections led to an extra ordinary situation.
This time around, AAP is the only party to have declared that its Chief Minister would once again be Kejriwal who served as CM for 49 days before resigning.
But that was only to be expected. Any other candidate was unthinkable and if someone did have the guts to announce his candidature he would have been thrown out on some or the other ground.
That is the only thing that can be predicted about Kejriwal’s party. Whether it is CM or PM it has to be Kejriwal all the way. He cannot work under anyone in politics.
Like that other unpredictable entity of Indian politics Subramaniam Swamy, Arvind Kejriwal is too egotistic and individualistic to be a member of any party unless he heads it. Even if it is a one man party as was the case with Swamy when he was with the Janata Party and former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar.
The mud slinging and lies being spread this time around have almost a déjà vu kind of predictability. Some are saying that AAP is the B team of Congress and the Congress charges that it is the B team of the BJP. But that is only because Kejriwal is trying to occupy the space left vacant by the stale faces of both the established parties in the city.
That is why while one day he is railing against the nexus between Ambanis and Modi, another time he is writing a letter to the Prime Minister asking him to set up a SIT to investigate the 1984 riots. So which side is he on? My guess is as good as yours.
Not that other parties have been very consistent. While the BJP has refused to declare its CM face before the elections, it won the Lok Sabha elections by projecting Narendra Modi all across the country. It is hoping to cash on his popularity more so because the local BJP does not have a credible face to project.
The Congress which is yet to reconcile with its historic loss after three terms of unfettered rule in Delhi is a divided house. A section of the party feels that if it had to contest on the achievements of its three time CM it had no option but to project Shiela Dikshit.
An unexpected twist had been added to the scene by an alleged meeting between Rahul Gandhi and the alleged 1984 culprits Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. Surprisingly not even Arvinder Singh Lovely, the President of its Delhi unit knew of this meeting but Arnab Goswami had a full fledged discussion on this development on his Channel , ruining the strategy of the Congress to be positive in its campaign.
By: Amitabh Srivastava
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