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Is this endgame for Arvind Kejriwal?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 11:11pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

In the high stake game of politics, fortune often changes dramatically. Powerful leaders are reduced to mere shadow of their past domination in matter of few miscalculations.

Arvind Kejriwal, who once was projected by many as a crusader of anti-corruption movement, a possible challenger to Narendra Modi is facing the same fate. Just in the matter of 6 months not only is his party out of favour of both media and masses, but he is facing a huge rebellion within the party. How ably Kejriwal manages to check it will determine if he continues to remain relevant in Indian polity or is reduced to a mere footnote in the pages of history. 

Senior member of Aam Aadmi Party Shanti Bhushan has raised serious doubt about the leadership quality of Kejriwal. Mild manner Bhushan has in fact launched a scathing attack on his party chief.

Hitting out on the IRS officer turned politician, Bhushan says that Kejriwal is not an elected leader, and hence he can't be the sole voice of the party.

He also says Kejriwal lacks the chutzpah to spread the party's organisation through out India. In effect Bhushan has accused Kejriwal of taking unilateral decision to drive the party to stagnancy. 

This is not the first time such an accusation has been hurled against KejriwalThe history of Aam Aadmi Party and its earlier avatar of India Against Corruption is strewn with such examples. 

The greatest example of it is Kejriwal's fallout with his mentor Anna Hazare, who actually ensured corruption becomes an election issue.

In the last three years, likes of Kiran Bedi, VK Singh, Santosh Hegde, Shazia Illmi, Captain Gopichand and many other leaders have left the movement citing high handedness of Kejriwal.

Even Yogendra Yadav raised the question Shanti Bhushan has pointed out when he asked in a letter that who will keep a check on Kejriwal. At that point of time Manish Sisodhia accused Yadav of fomenting factions in the party.

Now another top leader has spoken out. The questions are increasingly becoming too bigger for Kejriwal to ignore. AAP is currently in a crossroad.

The party which brought a whiff of fresh air in Indian politics is facing real possibility of disintegrating into multiple factions. It has to decide if it is brave enough to look beyond its brightest face and dig deep within their talent pool.

For Kejriwal, the options are very simple. He has to reinvent his politics or perish. AAP has to grow beyond its victim complex and project concrete policy actions it wishes to take in future. The same lexicon of blaming media and Modi for everything will only attract ire and ridicule.

It is now or never for Arvind Kejriwal




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