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The Aam Aadmi's u-turn politics

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 11:41am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna Shadow Editorial Board

When Arvind Kejriwal first announced his decision to contest, he was touted as the next big thing in politics. But shortly after he was sworn in, everything began to unravel. From disjointed statements from several members of the AAP, to backtracking on several promised actions, to joining hands with the very same party he disgraced; Arvind Kejriwal has had an eventful month.

He was sworn in on 28th December, following which he was to move into a duplex apartment. This is when the catch of calling upon the 'aam aadmis' to vote came into play. There was a row over this, by politicians and civilians alike, questioning why an 'aam admi' chief minister was to live in such luxury.

The stir caused by this event had not even died when Arvind Kejriwal announced that he would be holding a Janata Durbar, only to leave in haste when the durbar was actually held, due to the 'overwhelming crowd'.

Within the same month, he announced an exemption for people who had defaulted on their electricity bills and had been charged for power theft, only to once again withdraw this proposition due to politicians and others accusing him of causing anarchy.

In addition to all this, Prashant Bhushan, who is an AAP leader, went on to talk about the controversial topic of Kashmir, recommending a referendum be held there, a policy far from one AAP cited. And once again, the AAP withdrew the statement and distanced themselves from the situation.

However, the biggest deviation in Kejriwal's policies remains his coalition government with the Congress in Delhi. It discredits any purpose he has ever fought for, rightly leading to people labelling him as a 'liar'. These events simply go on to prove that it is easier to be agitators against the government than administrators in the government.

Priya Dutt recently went on record to say it is too early to judge the Aam Admi Party and Arvind Kejriwal, but in light of recent events, it may be safe to say that unless he cleans up his act, Kejriwal may end up as ineffective as his corrupt predecessors.

Unnati Guha is a Mumbai-based student and member of the dna shadow editorial board.

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