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Arvind Kejriwal, odd-even and the politics of water
Along with the sweltering summer heat of the month of April, odd-even scheme is all set to make a comeback on the roads of the capital soon.

While a lot of Delhiites are in support of the scheme, there are no less in numbers who are strong opposers of odd-even.

Delhi CM Mr Arvind Kejriwal's rash and incoherent ways of dealing with problems and his political adversaries, his love-hate relationship with PM Modi and his endless efforts towards enforcing his decisions on others are no alien concepts.

If Mr Kejriwal is convinced that odd-even worked or the Earth is flat, then no one in the universe could dare prove him wrong, or you know what happens, PM Modi has had a first hand experience, after Mr Kejriwal called him a "psychopath" and a "coward".

Another problem with Mr Kejriwal is his sudden mood swings. Since Holi last month, Mr Kejriwal has been going a bit easy on PM Modi, after the latter had started following him on Twitter. Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted and acknowledged PM Modi, and also wished him a happy Holi.

And today Arvind Kejriwal was even more praises for the Prime Minister's efforts of having sent water to the drought-hit Latur. Mr Kejriwal even went a step further by pledging 10 lakh litres of water per day from Delhi for the next two months to Latur.

But to me this pledge made by the Delhi CM looks utterly flawed and only shows how poor is his assessment of the ground situation of his own home state Delhi. Or maybe the Delhi CM has tried to score political points by pledging water to another state. Politics of water seems to be the new flavour of the summer season.

Having lived all my life in Delhi, I have never passed a summer season where water has been abundantly available. Delhi is highly dependent on its neighbouring states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand for water. As soon as the mercury rises large parts of the capital start reeling from acute water shortage.

Today Delhi's former chief minister Sheila Dixit also took a jibe at Arvind Kejriwal for writing a letter to PM Modi to offer water from Delhi for the drought hit Latur. Dixit said that Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party chief should first quench the thirst of the people of Delhi.

Sheila Dixit was also critical of the odd-even formula and dubbed it as just a `gimmick'. She even accused AAP of paying money to its own workers who were acting as volunteers during the time the scheme was in force.

She claimed, "The volunteers during road rationing scheme are the Aam Aadmi Party workers, the government pays them Rs 500 to 700,"

"Is this a way to give away the income to the party workers? During the entire odd-even scheme, the party workers would earn between Rs 8,000 to 10,000. This has been done very cleverly, " Dixit added.

Dixit said that the government needs to find long-term solutions rather than implementing scheme which are inconvenient to people. And there are certain sections of the Delhi's population which totally agree with Dixit, like Delhi's restaurateurs, who saw a drop of 20 to 25 per cent in sales during the last odd-even.

This time a few like Umang Tewari, owner of Cafe OMG has even introduced 100 per cent cab fare reimbursement for attracting customers during odd-even.

Whether pollution reduces or not during odd-even is questionable, but it is almost certain that the scheme does increase transportation voes of commuters in a city where public transport is inadequate.  

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