Anna Hazare & Delhi CM Kejriwal
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff Edited by: Divas
The progress and development and growth of a nation can not be determined only by the number of billionaires it has produced, nor by number of tall buildings decorating the major corporatist towns, nor even by gold reserves of the nation, or strong GDP, but rather by the success of the regime in protecting the poor and less priveleged ones from the economic onslaught.
In simple language, a nation’s prestige is defined by the standards of life of poor and ordinary people. How the regime protects the genuine interests of common masses should showcase the nation’s domestic and foreign status.
It is under such nefarious circumstances that the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) has emerged as the defender of the less privileged sections of India.
AAP caught the mood of the masses, the imagination of nation while framing its program briefly after its emergence in Delhi state, the capital of India.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government with its own 28 MLAs on 02nd January won the trust vote in the Delhi Assembly with 38 votes (2 votes more than the required half way mark) being cast in the government’s favor.
After winning the confidence vote, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, in his trademark style, congratulated Delhi’s common man. “It is not our victory. It is your victory. This is the victory of honesty and truth,” he said.
He then went on to renew his oath-taking pitch, saying that there is a big challenge ahead – “It is a challenge that we have to undertake together. We have to make sure that there is no corruption in the city. I assure you that be it the MCD, be it the former Delhi government, be it our government, no minister guilty of corruption will be spared.”
AAP believes that all people who need an honest system are common man no matter wherever they stay — Greater Kailash or Sangan Vihar. “I haven’t stood here to save the government or make a government. I never thought that I will form a political party and fight elections. I am just a common man with no standing”.
A common man in India wants that his children get good education, safety for his family and a good judiciary. Crores and crores of money have been spent for development but where is the development and where is the money?
The answer is: common people who suffered the political gimmicks of ruling elites for decades. The new CM said: “I have waited in red signals and lost no time in the last five-six days”. Is a common man’s time not valuable like a VIP, a minister’s?
Why a political leader does need security? The day God decides that you should not get any more security, no amount of bodyguards will be able to save you.
AAP MLAs had gone and met several pavement dwellers and heard their woes. “These people have nothing. They are not even vote banks – they don’t have the right to vote, denied basics of life. So, we announced porta cabins for them. Immediately after, some NGOs, rotary clubs called up and said that they wanted to pay for the setting up of some porta cabins. This is how we want to include the society for its own good,” said Kejriwal.
Social crusader Anna Hazare congratulated Arvind Kejriwal on being sworn in as the chief minister of Delhi. Hazare said, “We have worked together for several years and I know him well. I am confident that he will do a good job as the chief minister.”
The is a clear shift in political focus. Kejriwal said AAP leaders are here not here for power but to serve the masses who were deprived of their dignity in the country.
Politics of anger has given way now to politics of hope. The Aam Aadmi Party’s success in Delhi and the public reaction to it has established Kejriwal as the new hope of India.
Kejriwal has a lot going for him. He is not just a politician or a chief minister any more. Kejriwal has attained the status of the moral and intellectual leader of a huge section of India.
Kejriwal is now setting the agenda with his ideals, ideas, promises and symbolism. Others are just playing catch-up. The focus has suddenly shifted from other political leaders: people are now watching Kejriwal with great curiosity and expectations.
If and when the AAP decides to expand outside Delhi, other political parties will have to face a new headache. In most of the north Indian states, Kejriwal’s party can emerge as an alternative political force.
Meanwhile, a public interest litigation was filed in the Delhi High Court on December 02 soon after the AAP government won the confidence vote in the Assembly, seeking directions to the CBI to register a case of cheating and corruption against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for misleading citizens by making “false promises in election manifesto”.
The PIL alleged that they misled Delhi citizens by making false promises in the AAP election manifesto in their bid to enjoy power and benefits. It also questioned the AAP government’s statement on reducing electricity charge by 50 percent from Jan 1.
It said the AAP government failed to set up the Jan Lokpal by Dec 29 as promised in the poll manifesto. The plea said the court needs to decide the issue of false declaration by “misusing chief minister’s office for political gain amounted to corruption”.
After the confidence vote, AAP will now face a tougher task when the House elects a new speaker and deputy speaker. While AAP has chosen MS Dhir as its candidate for the speaker’s post, the BJP appears all set to field its candidate. Congress has not yet decided its stand on the matter.
If the AAP can do it in Delhi, replicating the story in other parts of India would not be impossible. If his government and its populist agenda succeed in Delhi, if Kejriwal implements some of his promises, if he retains his position on the podium of morality, ethics and honesty and if his party manages to mount a challenge outside Delhi, Kejriwal would become difficult to stop.
The AAP has shown that if there is a will, strong enough, it is easy to help the common people, removing their miseries one by one.
Till the Delhi polls, the AAP was just a subject of curiosity. Except for those who voted for it, nobody believed it could form the government in Delhi. Now that it has happened, people have suspended their disbelief. They now believe that if Delhi can, why can’t the whole of India?