An open letter to Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi disputing her contention that the Aam Aadmi party is the “B” team of the Congress

Dear Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi,

This is in reponse to you your tweet (image below)

Meenakshi Lekhi Tweet Open Letter To Meenakshi Lekhi

Firstly, you make an excellent BJP spokesperson.  You have bought to the fore issues and debates more pertinent to the common man. I remember in the past – all the BJP used to do on TV was harp on national security – an important issue, but something that is probably targeted to audiences who understand them better. People on the streets have more pressing issues to deal with – their everyday lives! My take on some of your colleagues :

Rajiv Pratap Rudy – too political – felt as if another Kapil Sibal was talking
Arun Jaitley – too legal – felt as if you are in a courtroom
Smriti Irani – she should try to be more “bahu” and less “saas” (maybe I just had to make this statement here). Though her Arnab interviews are excellent
Prakash Jawdekar – Gave a lame duck response to Barkha Dutt’s spin

I know there are others – but stopping here. So keeping this in mind – I think you are very welcome as a BJP spokesperson. After all debate is an integral part of any democracy.  Not that you need a badge from me, but these are simply my views.  I am a resident of Delhi and do hope that this government changes and that the Aam Aadmi Party gets a majority in Delhi – it is needed. The anarchy on the streets is high.  Congress of course, continues to target its traditional constituencies in this election – those in slums and minorities. Having visited some of the slum areas during an Aam Aadmi rally, I can tell you that it is simply lip service. People have been reduced to filthy living that reminds one of a “pig-sty” – given the money with the Delhi administration  – no one should have to live like this. Why should one have to wake up at four a.m. to fill two buckets of water – when private water tankers are galore on the streets. Why garbage is piled up high (see my tweet below). Why there are no roads in these colonies?

Have people and their living conditions been purposely kept this way so that the congress can sell them a dream ? I don’t know. Is it a Machiavellian political strategy for votes or is it callousness? Most likely it is corruption and crony capitalism (my definition of which is “neta-contractor” bhai bhai). This needs to change. Delhi being the capital of India needs to set standards – standards that would be followed by other cities and states. It is desire for change in the Delhi state government that has made me and scores of others into a well-wisher, a volunteer for the Aam Aadmi party. Do you see similar conversions in the BJP camp for Delhi ? As regards the Congress, the fact that people are leaving Rahul Gandhi’s rallies is a moment of truth for that party – less said the better.

Moving over to your tweet, I went over the make up of the National Advisory Council past and present. Yes there is a smattering of communism. Communism is something I have never really liked – In fact I cringe on hearing it. My definition of communism is similar to my definition of crony capitalism (“neta-contractor bhai bhai” with an added line that “one should keep the people poor and deprived”). The thirty years of communist rule in West Bengal is evident for everyone to see. They probably caused more damage to West Bengal than Mir Jafar did to the remnants of the Mughal empire and to India. While the entire country progressed, Bengal remained poor and the communists kept harping “equality”,”workers demands” and so on. As a Bengali, I don’t want “equality” as a dog or a pig – I want a better standard of living. And when it comes to “workers rights” – if there are no jobs how do you create workers. The youth has been totally disenchanted. One of the my cousins had an ambition to bribe some CPIM party cadre and get a job as a clerk at a public sector company – CPIM reduced the youth of Bengal to such low thinking.  Fine educational institutes like Presidency college and Jadavpur Universities were converted into breeding grounds for future communists at the expense of education. What these communists don’t understand is to distribute the pie, you need to first create/grow a pie. And in that vein I would argue that the United States is the most socialist country of the all. Every single penny of allocation towards subsidies reaches whom it is intended to, and there is enough revenue generation. If this is not ideal, if this is not socialism, if this is not what benefits the people, then what is?  But from what I have read, the NAC was never really about being communist or anything like that, its purpose was a shadow cabinet, to be able to give “recommendations” to Manmohan Singh for implementation – the diktat of the “high command”.

So while your criticism for the NAC may be valid, I am not sure what it has to do with the Aam Aadmi party.  You have said that the Aam Aadmi party members have deities in the NAC – I can assure you from what I have seen, the members of the Aam Aadmi party are individual thinkers and can make their own decisions. There is no family dynasty and there will never be. There is no umbilical cord with any or anything even close to it. Arvind Kejriwal does not come from any dynasty.  The basic thrust of the Aam Aadmi party is to make Delhi corruption free – bring out the Jan Lok Ayukta bill.  I can understand your feelings in this regards – after a long tenure of the Congress in Delhi, the BJP was hoping to come back into power and it feels that its votes are being cut by the Aam Aadmi party. But the Aam Aadmi’s goal is to win this election hands down and not simply be a player. And in that regard, one could argue that specifically for the Delhi elections, it is BJP that is playing as the “B” team for the congress. And the same argument goes for the other parties. It is understood (and from what you tweeted) that the BSP, SP, etc. will all field candidates in the upcoming Delhi elections – to what end is not clear. The only purpose being to crowd the voting machines and deliberately confuse the people. And if they have not been instigated by the BJP to fight the Delhi elections, then they certainly have been by the Congress.

As per current predictions, and I fully trust Yogendra Yadav ’s team to run an unbiased study, the Aam Aadmi party is winning a majority in Delhi, and I can assure you  from what I have seen, it is playing to win and bring out change and not be anyone’s “B” team.   The goal of the Aam Aadmi party is to have a special session of the Delhi Vidhan Sabha on the Ram Lila grounds and pass the Jan Lok Ayukta Bill with participation from the people  – I hope you will be able to attend this historical event.

With Regards
Indrajit Chatterjee

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