Is it a game of any sort?
Okay, it may be said to be a
politically smart move to push the ball again in the public’s court on forming
the next government in Delhi,
but the way things have moved so far, this move, too, sounds as yet another sham
of the political theatre of the absurd.
We will take support. We will not
take support. The theatrics – pre-poll and post-poll – continue – players
remain the same – equations have changed.
Talking of taking a stand – they
all talked so – pre-poll and post-poll. Okay, remaining firm on the stand taken
- it was never to be expected from Congress and BJP but AAP was not expected to
backtrack, because it signified the basic weaving of the new political outfit’s
poll plank – anti-Congress, anti-BJP, in fact anti-establishment for the system
of governance being practiced by the mainstream political parties.
But, no one including AAP took
any stand it can be said now. AAP did not have to do it. It should have said a
clear no to forming the government on December 8 itself. It did say ‘no’ many
times post the assembly election results but there was always an implicit
willingness to keep the possibility alive.
And now it is clear, out in the
open. AAP took a stand that could not stand on its own.
As if these 8 days since December
8 have not been enough for absurd developments, we came across one more today
when Arvind Kejriwal said AAP would seek public’s opinion on taking support
from Congress and forming the government.
It is funny. It is absurd. And it
paints AAP in a negative hue. The first mistake they have already made by agreeing
to extend the conversation on taking support from Congress. The second is this
It’s like falling in a trap. The
results of this uncalled-for ‘referendum’ are more than clear. If it says to go
ahead, it will be backtracking on a pivotal stand taken in the very beginning
of a political journey that began with the promise of doing it ‘differently’
from others. If it says no, it would involve risks of misreading and misjudging
the public’s sentiment because such a random opinionating cannot replace a poll
outcome, the outcome that says AAP should not form the government in Delhi.
For AAP, it has to be more about
ideological than political, the way they talk to change the politics of the
Mr. Kejriwal, it’s not a game. This
one-week window and pushing the onus on public to justify your decision and the
intent of it may sound politically smart but it is a clear letdown
Hope, you and AAP realize it