So what if Mr. Arvind Kejriwal paid an astronomical sum as rent, month after month, for many months, until he had no option left but to evacuate the posh government flat that was given to him when he was the 49-day chief minister of Delhi. He continued to stay put in the flat even after leaving the Delhi’s chair on the call of his conscience to take the plunge in national politics to serve the nation.
This one is not related to that innocuous ‘aam aadmi’ desire, even if he reiterates so on similar lines. After all, every ‘aam aadmi’ (common man) would love to have a posh residence in a posh Delhi locality. So, Mr. Kejriwal, even if he is not so ‘aam’, can be and should be given the benefit of doubt.
Probably it should be seen as one of the many moves of his political strategy to manoeuvre successfully through the upcoming Delhi assembly polls.
Probably it is part of his political strategy to let his critics and opponents remain engaged in silly war of words and browbeating while he is on the job to create means – funds – to engage the electorate of Delhi through various communication channels. Communication is power, isn’t it?
And that is what would have been in Mr. Kejriwal’s mind when he would have decided to fly Business Class this time, even if it was funded by the organisers of the event he was heading for.
After all, he did not fly Business Class while leaving Varanasi after losing the election there. There, election was gone. Here, election is approaching. There was no ground then to look for funding. Also, the crowd was Desi (domestic), on a domestic route of 50 minutes. Here, the crowd was on an international circuit and the Business Class folks would have deep pockets no doubt. And that would be in Mr. Kejriwal’s mind.
A neo-politician like Mr. Kejriwal is always on the job when the season of election is in full swing.
And as we all know that Mr. Kejriwal is on a fund raising spree, travelling Business Class could indeed be a good idea as it could have given the ‘man on the job’ many deep pockets sitting with him, some prospective (or real time) donors if he could convince them.
We should believe in Mr. Kejriwal’s intent and should welcome surprises, when, on some coming day, he says he raised funds many times the cost of his Business Class Delhi to Dubai ticket that he didn’t even pay for.
Can’t we see this ‘aam aadmi’ logic in the spirit of typical ‘aam aadmi’ desires – living small, doing small, with consistency, to aspire big, to achieve big?
Bravo Mr. Kejriwal!
Do plan a Business Class trip to the US for fund raising.
Our sincere prayers are with you.