There was a Bollywood movie that was released in 2001 called “Nayak: The Real Hero“. Unconventional plot, the reviews said, with scope to become a hit but somehow could not make it big time. But all reviewers agreed unanimously that it was at least a one-time watch, for sure.
It was about the Slumdog Millionaire actor Anil Kapoor grilling a corrupt Chief Minister as a television cameraman in a fortunate turn of events and forcing the politician to challenge him to take his seat for ‘one day’. A token gesture that the villain thought would be enough, but the hero manages to turn the tables eventually.
That was in a Hindi movie where traditionally All-is-well-that-ends-well climaxes are common.
Flash back to a year back when a bunch of common men sat in protest in New Delhi asking for accountability from the government through Lokpal Bill. An IIT Graduate and former bureaucrat, who was picked up by the police and dumped with their own hands, has decided to ascended to the throne of CM.
As the party with the second-most votes, AAP was in its next tricky spot when it came to formation of government.
Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
It was seen coming when the results were announced that the road to cleanse politics will not be without getting in to the muck and this is where many common-man Heroes have fallen quickly too. The warning was there. Already AAP have missed a trick or two when it comes to communicating with public.
So, as the screen grab shows, BJP made all sort of noises and then sulked when AAP opted to pick Congress as its prop partner.
Those who were following Kejriwal with respect, since his statement that Congress was unacceptable an option, are now in doubt, including yours truly.
Stepping into Kejriwal’s shoes, evaluate the options:
1) The first choice was to ask for a re-election. Straightforward demand for another chance to get the public mandate directly. Cynics will say AAP did the same thing as the others – wasted public money, sad but true as well depending on how you look at it.
2) Only when the Governor said that President’s Rule was likely, meaning Option 1 ruled out, did AAP write to rival parties and asked for a public referendum in whatever means he could possibly manage in short time. Answer is a Yes for AAP apparently.
Next step is again two options: a) Ignore public demand; Delhi under President’s Rule; and AAP start work across states from scratch, and on this sample only until the Lok Sabha elections, barely four months away. Lot to do in that case, and if they miss the bus (pause and think), the next window of opportunity could be only a further five years away.
Option b) Take a step back, pick Congress’ support and try and get the ball rolling. If, as expected, Congress plays hard ball and withdraws support later, the onus is on them then to answer public.
That would leave AAP again with a tough challenge but at least the destiny is theirs to be made. Trying to achieve cheap electricity and water for the masses in merely two-and-half months is not easy at all. All said and done, if it was so easy Congress would have done a bit themselves when the signs were ominous. Dikshit’s track record is decent ground to believe that.
So for now, Arvind Kejriwal has decide to pick the bait. Rather than question his every step, AAP could do is rally more support and get some tangible, good work done. Even if they achieve couple of minor targets from its list of five, it will be their own achievement to savour.
The faith of supporters and those on the fringes is vital at this point.
Sometimes, not going forward or back in a quicksand is also making progress in a way.
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- Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP to rule Delhi: No congratulations, ‘no comment’ from Anna Hazare (ndtv.com)
- Why Old Politics Are Out In New Delhi (world.time.com)
- AAP to play the role of constructive opposition: Kejriwal (thehindu.com)
- Don’t underestimate the power of a common man (kumarshyam.com)