Five instances when Arvind Kejriwal found it tough to keep his word

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  1. AVERAGE INDIAN

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    Delhi's newly elected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may have managed to capture hearts and win votes by offering people-centric governance and politics of hope. But his changing stance on various issues have raised doubts about whether he is actually the political 'messiah' India has been waiting for.
    From being reluctant on government formation in Delhi to accepting support from the Congress, from denying government bungalows to thinking of shifting to a five-bedroom duplex, from saying no to vote-bank politics to meeting a controversial Muslim cleric, Kejriwal has contradicted himself, made U-turns and dealt with the extremes.

    So when, following Aam Aadmi Party's announcement that it would be contesting Lok Sabha elections, Kejriwal clarified that he would not be contesting for the PM's post, there were those who wondered if this was another decision that could be overturned by popular demand.

    There is a strong reason for such speculation. Here are five instances when the activist-turned-politician Kejriwal failed to stick to a stand.

    1. Kejriwal had time and again ruled out taking support of any political party to form the government in Delhi, saying it would prefer to play the role of a "constructive Opposition". "The results are a message to established political parties like Congress and BJP to change the way they do their politics. If they do not reform, the people will throw them out," Kejriwal had said after making a spectacular debut in the Assembly elections. He kept repeating that AAP will not take or back support to either Congress or BJP for government formation. However, after Congress offered outside support and AAP held a weeklong 'referendum', he did not have a problem going back on his statements and staking claim to form the government.

    2. The Delhi Chief Minister and his ministers had refused to stay in government bungalows, a move in line with his resolve to end the VIP culture. Kejriwal had refused to shift to a Type-Seven bungalow for which he was entitled to after having taken oath as the Chief Minister. However, the CM later decided to move to a five-bedroom duplex flat in central Delhi. Kejriwal's decision was seen in "total contradiction" of AAP's claim that it will practice austerity. Following the criticism over his 'contradictory stand' on plush bungalows, Kejriwal made a U-turn and asked the officials to look for a smaller government house for him.

    3. Seeking to send out a message of austerity, Kejriwal chose to take a Metro train to reach Ramlila Maidan for his swearing-in ceremony. In tune with their 'aam aadmi' credentials, Kejriwal's ministers also used public transport on the day of oath taking. However, a day after the AAP government won a trust vote in the Delhi Assembly, AAP ministers were seen coming to the Assembly in official Toyota Innovas. The new CM had downplayed the questions raised by media saying the party never said its ministers will not use official cars. "We just said no to the red beacon," he clarified.

    4. For an individual who always claimed to have entered politics to effect change from within and offered clean, 'alternative' and people-centric politics, it would have been hard to explain a meeting with controversial cleric Maulana Tauqueer Raza. This was the same Maulana who had been in the news for announcing a Rs 5-lakh reward for anyone who killed Tasleema Nasreen. The meeting was seen as a move to seek minority votes for AAP, the sort of thing the party had come to eradicate in the first place.

    5. While releasing its manifesto last month, AAP had promised to bring the Jan Lokpal, or an anti-corruption ombudsman, within 15 days of assuming power by calling an open session of Delhi assembly. But with AAP being busy making plans for their Lok Sabha debut, the Delhi CM has very little time to keep his promise which was announced on radio multiple times an hour during the election campaign.

    Kejriwal's austerity mantra and plans for a people-centric governance might have helped him make a stunning debut in Delhi, but his flip-flops have also started gnawing away at his image.

    Five instances when Arvind Kejriwal found it tough to keep his word - Indian Express
     
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  3. Agnostic_Indian

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    Re: Five instances when Arvind Kejriwal found it tough to keep his wor

    it's seems payed critics are on full time duty..they expect AAP and Ak to be some kind of avatar of god to be able to perform everything on dead line date..they want every minister to use metro on daily basis to come to office..but they don't mind those black cat commandos and long convoy of cars of ministers and other Vip's from other parties..

    AAP has good intentions..and are making changes gradually..give them some time before you judging them..the frustration and intolerance of bjp supporters are evident on every AAP Thread.
     
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    Re: Five instances when Arvind Kejriwal found it tough to keep his wor

    It seems the blind fans of AAP are in over-duty protecting Kejriwal's indefensible acts!

    I am always ready to give them or anybody else for the matter time. However, it is them who have been claiming to do this and that within 24 hrs, 48 hrs. etc. It is them who have been making noises about coming to office in metro, residing among the people etc etc. So why are they making 360 degree turns?
     
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    Re: Five instances when Arvind Kejriwal found it tough to keep his wor

    Either don't say a thing, and if you have, stick to it, that in simple words is called principles, and principles never get compromised come what may.

    Here is where the AAP has completely faltered, and here is where someone like me who supports them on certain aspects feels let down. What the AAP is not getting is that it was they who did the big talk, and if they can't walk the talk, they will be exposed at every given time and an impression will be created that as per their convenience they are ready to bend the rules

    The moment there is a compromise, you are more vulnerable to more such compromises in future, and that is where it gets dirty. The last thing one would want to see is a repeat of the PTI. That party started with all the big talk, and in the end they today look touch better than the other 2 alternatives in Pakistan, but that primarily happened because the people of Pakistan were not ready to try them till they became like one of the other alternatives, but in India people are ready to try them on even without them being either like the Congress or the BJP. The big news flashing on the ToI suggests 44% of the metro voters are ready to give them a chance in the LS, and there would be enough many who would support them in the semi-urban centers as well, so please stick to what you chaps say, and deliver, we want to see deliverance!
     
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    Re: Five instances when Arvind Kejriwal found it tough to keep his wor

    Here is the thing that bothers me the most. It's their own admittance that they dont know how to run a state, and are learning on the job. A country is a lot harder. Then why not sit down and learn how to govern effectively? What is this mentality of take all you can while the going is good? Are they worried that they might not get a chance in LS later, for some reason? Are they worried people might reject them later because their rule did not go well in Delhi?
    They seem extremely eager to capture the nation and use it as a lab for their political experiments..
     
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    Re: Five instances when Arvind Kejriwal found it tough to keep his wor

    AK has always broken his promises from early days of IAC...first he said he will not join the politics but will fight the system , then after joining politics he said will not support or take support from congress/BJP(he even swore that on his children), then after taking support from Congress he said he will not use government provided accommodation but later chose to do so and after it was out in the media again changed his mind to not to do so...how can anyone trust him is beyond my understanding.
     
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    Re: Five instances when Arvind Kejriwal found it tough to keep his wor

    It is not Kejriwal's or the AAP's fault that they appear to be in a flip flop and in a state of divergence in opinion.

    The AAP is a congregation of people, including eminent people, who aim to be do-gooders and there is no doubt about that.

    Outwardly, there is no doubt they give the impression that they are hell bent in changing the political system and that is very appealing to all Indians, since all Indians are disgusted by the manner in which the country has been looted and lorded over by these politicians, many of them being petty and leading criminals.

    But where the AAP seems to be floundering is that they do not have any ideology beyond wanting to change the system and bring in honesty, and to some extent, transparency.

    This has led to many voices and quite a few have been divergent and at cross purpose, and even anti national, depending on how one perceives it, namely Bhushan on Kashmir and Sisodia on reservation for Delhi students only in Delhi Colleges!

    And yet Bhooshan and Sisodia has a pioint, given their personal agendas.

    And that is where the problem lies - each leader, eminent i n his own field and with a strong opinion of their own, feels free to apply it hoping that the people find it very appealing, very fresh and honestly protecting the rights of the people.

    Kejriwal can do nothing, but keep doing course corrections by talking to the press and distancing himself and his Party from such personalised views being passed as the Party view, directly or indirectly.

    The sum total is that the AAP has a heart, butt not in the right place and they are confusing all as to what do they want.

    If they continue floundering and being non directional, they will lose the goodwill they have gained and are generating.

    And, importantly, the people are waiting to see how far their policies announced deliver.

    Having a helpline is good, but they must also deliver justice. If they don't. then they will appear cosmetic and faith will be lost.

    It is time Kejriwal reins in these loose cannons and enunciate his Party's policies clearly, without seeking excuses that they are still formulating them.

    If they are still formulating them, then they should not aspire for national ambitions since right now they are proving to be merely a substitute for a Municipal Corporation looking after the interest of a City claiming to be a State!

    Looking after a city can be done by populism and slogans, but looking after a Nation is more complex and very contradictory in requirements that have to be balanced with due concern to foreign views, over which Indians or the Indian election system has no control to indicate its correctness.
     
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    Points 1 and 2 are sensible decisions. I would prefer AAP in power rather than Congress or BJP in Delhi. If AAP has retained power even with Congress support, then who's complaining. Moving to a better location is an obvious choice. You can't live in a shack and expect Indian and foreign dignitaries.

    Point 3 inconveniences other passengers with ministers on board. Cops will play their part in harassing regular commuters even if unintentionally. Security can't be guaranteed either.

    Point 5 was unrealistic. 15 days is too less for such a goal.

    Point 4 is the only worrying factor. Why?

    They will need a year or two before their policies are implemented, so I would suggest people to wait before jumping to conclusions.
     
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    I think it would be better for the AAP to prove its credential in Delhi and then jump into the national fray.

    By then they would have consolidated on their ideology, their policies, an d spoke with one voice and also delivered.

    Then there would be no stopping them.

    Right now, they are working on the hope factor of the disillusioned people of India.

    That is not good enough for effective governance.
     
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    I agree with you. AAP should not contest in 2014 elections. First they need to prove themselves in Delhi ....

    Congress will love to see AAP in 2014 General Elections. They know they cant win the elections .... but they hoping that AAP will share the votes of BJP which will weakens BJP from forming Govt. and Cong can then lure the other small parties and can run the govt. without problem. They know how to cool small parties by throwing biscuits ...
     

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