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  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Kejriwal Solely Responsible For The Mess AAP Is In

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-01-19 21:47:49

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The Election Commission has recommended to the President that the 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi, who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries, be disqualified as members of the legislative assembly for holding an office of profit in contravention of electoral laws. The President is likely to give his assent to this if the matter is not kept pending in the courts before that. The AAP MLAs have already approached the Delhi HC to quash the EC recommendation, but the court has not allowed them any interim relief, opting to query the EC on the issue and posting the case for hearing on Monday, January 22.

AAP has immediately alleged that the EC is acting as a stooge of the government but for once, the Congress has chosen to support the Election Commission. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said that Kejriwal has lost the right to continue to rule Delhi. Obviously, the disqualifications will entail bypolls in these 20 constituencies and both the BJP and the Congress fancy their chances if that happens. But should it really worry AAP? In a house of 70, it has a brute majority of 66. But it is worried as if all the 20 seats go to the BJP and the new equation reads 50:24, given the rumblings of dissent against Kejriwal and emergence of coteries around Kumar Vishwas and Ashutosh post the fiasco of RS nominations, it will become difficult to keep the flock together, especially as Amit Shah and Modi are masters of manipulation.

The AAP can blame no one but Kejriwal for the mess it finds itself in. In order to keep the flock together and suppress dissent, he created the extra-constitutional posts of “parliamentary secretaries” and rewarded 21 MLAs (out of which Jarnail Singh resigned to fight the Punjab elections against Badal) by appointing them to that post. The post was an ill-concealed attempt to create an unconstitutional post with lucrative perks for dissenters in the party. It was promptly shot down by the Lieutenant Governor and the Delhi HC refused to stay the LGs order. The decks were then cleared for the EC to disqualify these MLAs. The present recommendation by the EC is just a culmination of those events.

Instead of taking out his ire on the EC, Arvind Kejriwal would do well to reflect on where he has brought AAP and how. He has alienated his mentor Anna Hazare to such an extent that recently, when he expressed a wish to start agitating for a Jan Lokpal again, Hazare said that he hoped no Kejriwal ever again emerged from his agitation. He has alienated fellow travelers against corruption like Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav and thrown them out of the party. He is now in the process of alienating several others, including Kumar Vishwas and Ashutosh. Despite agitating for the central government to appoint Lokpal, he has failed to do so in Delhi. Despite promising a party with a difference, he has allowed the ‘cesspool’ of politics to mould him negatively. This has happened because of his massive megalomania and the desire to control everything. He has been the fastest learners of all shady tricks that politicians use to stay in power and fool the people. Despite having nothing in common with leaders like Mamata Banerjee, he has gained their confidence because of their mutual hatred for Narendra Modi and the BJP. But Kejriwal must realize that if he controls the buck, the buck also stops at his table. He is solely responsible for what AAP is today – a party of the utterly corrupt and power-seeking individuals who do not see beyond their own nose.