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Mr Arvind Kejriwal- A Shrewd Politician
In a short span of '10' years, '47' year young Mr Arvind Kejriwal, a Mechanical Engineer by profession, who gave up his lucrative job with Indian Revenue Services, and who in 2006 won Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership recognizing his involvement in a grassroots movement Parivartan using right-to-information legislation in a campaign against corruption has become a force to reckon with on the scene of Indian Politics.

Not only young Indians in India but abroad too jumped on his wand wagon of 'Anti-Corruption' Crusade launched by him, assisted by Mr Anna Hazare, Ms Kiran Bedi, Mr Prashant Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan, both Legal Activists of repute, Psephologist Mr Yogendra Yadav and social activist Ms Medha Patkar.

Mr Anna Hazare's fast at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi from 05th April to 09th April 2011, forced UPA Government to accept the demand for legislating provisions for establishing 'Lokpal'. In the annals of free India after JP Narayan's 'Anti Emergency Movement', the world saw millions wearing "I am Anna" cap and thronging the streets all over India and even abroad, in support of 'Anti- Corruption Campaign'.

During this movement few Congress politicians headed by Mr Kapil Sibal threw a challenge to activists, "If you really want to cleanse Political scene, why do not you form a party with a difference and fight elections?"

This Challenge was accepted by Mr Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was born which had a 'Broom' as party symbol and a Gandhian cap with slogan "Mein Ek Aam Aadmi Hoon". Ms Kiran Bedi, Mr Anna Hazare parted ways with the social activist Mr Arvind Kejriwal; who was not deterred by splitting of ways with his Guru.

It made a heady, winning '28' seats and with the support of '8' Congress MLA's it came to power after dethroning Ms Sheila Dikshit, who had been Delhi's Chief Minister for '15' years.

After '49' days in office, with eyes on National Political Platform, Mr Arvind Kejriwal resigned along with his Cabinet in the name of failure to introduce legislation for 'Jan Lokpal Bill' in the State Assembly of Delhi.

If grapevine is to be believed AAP garnered nearly Rs 400/- crores as donations and it fielded '400' candidates. It was humbled at the husting. It could win only '4' seats and lot of its candidates lost deposits.

The new born political baby held on its cadres and re-fought Delhi State Elections in 2015, where it won '67' out of '70' assembly seats.

The heady win vested absolute power in Mr Arvind Kejriwal. Now his subdued 'EGO' raised its head. So as to win absolute 'loyalty' , he felt it expedient to purge any voice of descent. He unceremoniously threw out Mr Prashant Bhushan and Mr Yogendra Yadav from the party.

What are we the Indians seeing now? Where is that 'Jan Lokpal Bill' , because of which Mr Arvind Kejriwal resigned? Maybe, the issue was to generate public perception that Mr Arvind Kejriwal was a man of principles and 'Anti Corruption Campaign' was really embedded at the core of his heart.

It is worth mentioning that 'Singapore' which is a small city state country enjoys very high standing in 'Honesty' index and its per capita income is among the highest and crime rate the lowest. On 23rd March 2015, its founding father Lee Kuan Yew Lee breathed his last. Under his leadership, the country transited from the status of "third world to the first world in a single generation". India's Prime Minister had gone to Singapore to pay his tributes to this Star of Asia.

It is worth mentioning that this Star of Singapore and Asia was criticised, particularly in the West, for curtailing civil liberties (public protests, media control) and bringing libel suits against political opponents. To his credit he had argued that such disciplinary measures were necessary for political stability, which together with rule of law, were essential for economic progress.

Do Indians see an equivalent of 'Lee Kuan Yew' in Kejriwal? What is the real reason behind Mr Arvind Kejriwal's ongoing tussle with Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Mr Najeeb Jung?

In my opinion, he is one of the most shrewd of all Political class. He knows, nothing can come in his way to rule Delhi for next '5' years. He also knows that within the present setup of Constitution, he can not fulfill even 25 per cent of his political promises. On the other hand he is well aware that having been elected with a sweeping mandate, his accountability will be in sharp focus and he can not shield behind evasive / deflective arguments for 'non-performance'.

At the same time he also harbours political aspirations at national level. He knows, only one person stands in his way to power at centre and that is Mr Narendra Modi. Congress and BJP as parties having been rendered non-existent. Under these scenarios, he is putting into place the battle against Mr Narendra Modi. Thus he has unleashed the 'War' against Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and got it termed as 'BJP at Centre' throttling him.

With this political war game, Mr Arvind Kejriwal will be able to kill '2' birds with one stone. On the one hand, this political war game will give him perfect alibi for non-fulfillment of election promises; and on the second count, the media will keep him in the national news. In those political debates, his party can continue to showcase that Mr Arvind Kejriwal and his party AAP is a 'Victim' and gain inroads in coming elections.

In the last elections, BJP had played in to his hands because BJP's campaign was more anti-Mr Arvind Kejriwal, rather than Lok Sabha election which was won on "Ab Ki Bar Modi Sarkar". The anti-campaign in reality helped Mr Kejriwal to be catapulted very strongly in Delhi's seat of power. It is hoped that BJP has learnt its lesson. It should stop reacting to Mr Arvind Kejriwal.

If I were BJP/ Modi, instead of supporting Lt Gov Najeeb Jung, I would replace him straightaway. Then it will force Mr Kejriwal to go more berserk having got the launching platform removed from under his feet. The loose rope given to him will hang him by his own acts of defiance of Constitution of India.

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