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Kejriwal's Mantra: Dharnas for Me, Not for Aam Aadmi

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Arvind Kejriwal started his political career deceptively. He began in the guise of a civil activist and never let anyone be privy to his burning ambition. He used Anna Hazare and the movement against corruption as his launch pad and survived on Gandhian principles of dharnas. His whole political philosophy is based on anarchy and disruptions. As chief minister of Delhi, he had sat on a dharna outside Rail Bhawan in Delhi. Now he has slapped Section 144 outside his residence and banned dharnas or any type of congregation for a period of 30 days, ostensibly to prevent “serious law and order” problems. But in reality he is denying the people of Delhi the very rights of protest that he so vehemently asked of both UPA and NDA governments.

A megalomaniac like Kejriwal subscribes to only one line of thinking – he, and only he, is right in all matters. No one has the right to question his decisions. No one has the right to ask him unpleasant questions. No one has the right to protests against his decisions. He does not even have inner-party democracy and does not listen to alternative voices from his own party men so it is too much to expect him to listen to the aam aadmi whose cause he claims to champion. In the process, he presides over a rag-tag party that includes the likes of all shady characters found in every other political party in India and his claim about AAP being different is nothing but a sham.

Kejriwal has a history of being confrontationist. He has been engaged in a running feud with the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi over the rights of the chief minister. He refuses to believe that given Delhi’s special status as National Capital Region (NCR) and division of power between the territory and the Centre, till it gets full statehood, the chief minister has limited powers. He has been explained the law by the Delhi High Court recently, but it is not in his nature to listen to the judiciary too. Kejriwal yearns for absolute power, but that is one thing he is not going to get in a country like India.