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From a ‘Corruption Crusader’ to a Congress Appeaser: The Curious Case of Arvind Kejriwal

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So, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is reportedly upset over Congress not interested in forming an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Considering that the whole political career of Arvind Kejriwal and the very formation of AAP emerged out of Anna Hazare’s ‘India Against Corruption’ movement, which then stood against the UPA, the present position of Arvind Kejriwal is too stark an irony to be missed. Earlier, he also joined the mahamilawat bandwagon. So, the man who cashed in on people’s sentiments prior to 2014 when the country was fed up with a series of scams by the UPA-2 led by Congress, now almost seems to be begging for an alliance with the same Congress party.

News agency PTI quoted him saying:

“We are tired of convincing the Congress to form an alliance, but they do not understand. I don’t know what they have in their minds.”

Thus, Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP have proved that all the talk of an “alternative politics” is just a talk, and nothing else.

Arvind Kejriwal and Congress

Look at the contrast in the headlines prior to 2014 and those of now, which bust the ‘alternative politics’ claim of Arvind Kejriwal.

Now the position of AAP and Arvind Kejriwal is perhaps well explained with this media headline.

Arvind Kejriwal had once demanded jail for former chief minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit. Now, desperately wanting to join hands with the Congress in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has perhaps got the response that he deserves.


Arvind Kejriwal and Robert Vadra

Raising his voice against Robert Vadra’s dubious land deals was arguably one among many reasons for Arvind Kejriwal’s rise to fame. With his fellow party men, Arvind Kejriwal had questioned Robert Vadra’s land dealings back in 2012. Even as recently as in 2016, he was seen asking questions on twitter to the BJP- led Central government whether they were allegedly protecting Congress in Augusta scam after shielding Vadra in the latter’s land deals.

Note the irony here. The law is catching up with Robert Vadra under the Modi government. Agusta Westland case has also seen a great progress by way of Modi govt achieving a diplomatic victory through an extradition of the kingpin of the scam, Christian Michel. But Mr. Arvind Kejriwal who had gained all the political capital based on these same issues by mere sloganeering, is now desperate to join hands with the Congress party.

“Sab mile hue hain”- When Kejriwal Decides to Live His Own Slogan!

Back in 2012, Congress leader Digvijay Singh had said that Arvind Kejriwal wanted to become a member in Sonia Gandhi’s National Advisory Council, but the latter had denied his entry. At that time, Arvind Kejriwal had denied this claim. But, his present desperation to join hands with Congress reminds of Digvijay Singh’s old allegations. In fact, in  December 2013, AAP had formed its first government with the support of Congress itself, although it didn’t last long. Back in October 2012, Kejriwal had made certain allegations against the then law minister Salman Khurshid, for which the latter had threatened with some physical violence.

In the past, Arvind Kejriwal had said that all the political parties protect each other. He pitched his brand of politics as an alternative sort while blaming all the political parties with his famous phrase “Sab mile hue hain”. But his desperation to seal an alliance with Congress, notwithstanding his earlier ideological fight and the insults he received from that party, suggests that Arvind Kejriwal is living his own “Sab mile hue hain” phrase, thereby exposing his brand of alternative politics as just a façade.



You may read our article to check the development credentials of AAP government in Delhi, in our data-based article Delhi Under Kejriwal – Better or Worse? The True Picture Here