WHY KEJRIWALL QUITS
SEVEN weeks of sound and fury that signified nothing came to an end in the Capital on a rainy Friday evening as Kejriwal and his Council of Ministers quit, seeking dissolution of the Assembly and fresh elections.
AAP’s great escape moment came at the end of a long day that saw the Arvind Kejriwal government lose a vote on tabling the Jan Lokpal Bill in the House. AAP’s wild success, however, was hogging the national news space with a martyr act devised to slingshot the Aam Aadmi Party into the Lok Sabha elections that are less than 100 days away. Meanwhile, Delhi’s immediate political future slipped back into a flux of questions.
“The party has only one face and it is Kejriwal. It is very strategic decision. Now he would be able to concentrate more on the Lok Sabha polls. He will lead the campaign. Moreover, in case of re- election, he will go to the public and tell them that the two main parties did not allow him to run the government.
AAP’s second- rung leaders have made no secret of their conviction that the Delhi experiment is a laboratory. Most say that the recent politics in the Capital like the Kejriwal- led dharna against the police or the order to the Anti- Corruption Branch to file a FIR against Reliance Industries and Union minister Veerappa Moily or taking on private power distribution companies has caught the attention of people across the country.
Kejriwal’s fiery speech accused everybody else, from BJP leader Narendra Modi to Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani to Union minister Veerappa Moily, of corruption. If Kejriwal’s Valentine Day rant was the preamble to AAP’s poll campaign, it was pretty clear that the party would showcase how its best efforts had been stymied by the Congress and BJP. Kejriwal’s resignation throws up some possibilities for Delhi. There may be re- election, for which the Delhi BJP has said it is more than ready, or there may be a spell of President’s Rule, or the BJP may be asked to come forward to take charge. Sharma said the decision will be political. ” The ball is in the court of Congress. Assembly may be put in suspended animation.