As we all know, Arvind Kejriwal of AAP party recently resigned from Chief Ministership of Delhi since his Jan Lokpal Bill was not allowed to pass in state legislature by the opposition parties comprising mainly of BJP and the Congress. The bill created by various prominent activists from different fields of work aims at creation of independent body, which will be responsible for investigation of cases of corruption, finish such investigation in a year, and complete trials within the next year.
The end of 49-day government raises questions about AAP’s ability to work as a political outfit, which is responsible about its duties and whether it can work as part of India’s parliamentary democracy and accept its constraints.
A Stunning Debut
At the beginning, Arvind Kejriwal was viewed as someone who represented change in Indian politics. In 2013, the party had a stunning debut in Delhi elections and it was a surprise for everyone when this 1-year-old party became the second largest in Delhi and sent Congress to third position, which ruled Delhi for fifteen years. Sheila Dikshit who was the longest serving CM of Delhi was also defeated by Kejriwal.
Questions about Political Integrity
The agenda with which AAP fought the elections was of corruption and inefficiency of Congress government. Kejriwal vouched to investigate corruption charges against Congress government but his political integrity was doubted when he took support from Congress in forming the government. If AAP claims to be a different from other parties, then it would have ideally waited to get clear verdict from people and then only form the government.
After forming the government, the party showed immaturity and started taking steps, which created doubts in the minds of common people about party’s commitment to proper governance. As an example, the party demanded bringing control of Delhi police under Delhi administration, which is presently controlled by the home ministry. It is a legitimate demand by not a grave issue for which all work in the capital city is to be held up. Such acts reflected the immaturity of AAP party and the difficulty it was facing in governance.
Same thing happened with the anti-corruption bill. Being a minority government with twenty eight seats out of the total seventy in the assembly, it can not enact laws with serious implications and that is what happened with 42 legislators voting against its introduction in the assembly.
The 49 days of AAP government in Delhi did not yield many results and in governance also it can be said that it did not do well. In this scenario whether the party will be able to perform well in the coming Lok Sabha elections is doubtful and AAP will have to do considerable brainstorming to figure out where it lacked and correct it.