Arvind Kejriwal, the eighth, the youngest
and the second time Delhi chief minister has not kept any department with him.
It may be a well thought step for some
sincere reasons, if they are indeed the underlying reasons here.
A massive mandate like this, 67 of the 70
assembly seats, comes with equally high expectations.
The mandate has also shown the public is
getting impatient and the window of time that a political party has to deliver
is getting unpredictably short. Delhi, being seen as run by the BJP under the Central
rule, has said Narendra Modi decisively that his government's performance is
not in line with the promises made. And it thought eight months were enough to
....not in line with the promises made --
now that is a dreaded proposition with an electorate getting more demanding and
thus reactive to express the displeasure....
Politicians must perform and need to come
out with a high percentage mark-sheet.
After what happened to the prospects of the
BJP in Delhi, and with the huge responsibility that comes with a massive
mandate like this, Kejriwal must act 'miraculously, or in a way so far not
witnessed in Indian politics' to meet the expectations.
And he needs to do so within the span that
the public decides for him - to build on the 'miraculous' mandate, as he
defined it thanking God - to save his political constituency.
Being in Delhi, every act of the Aam Aadmi
Party government will face heavy media scrutiny and even a slight error would
be enough to incite the chain of events potent enough to dent the credibility
of the government. After all, Kejriwal should not have forgotten the huge
public backlash last year after he decided to accept the VIP accommodation as
Delh's CM while deriding others for the same.
Kejriwal's overseer act as the chief
minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi can be seen from this
He needs to see the resources - financial
capital, social capital and manpower - are to be optimized for maximum output -
and implementation must be swift and credible and honest.
And probably, he thought the best way to
ensure that was to ensure that others follow the way ahead with 'zero error and
total precision' commitment and a taskmaster was needed to keep them in line.
Probably, Arvind Kejriwal saw that
taskmaster in himself.