Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal does a U-turn on power waiver, says matter under consideration New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today did a U-turn on his controversial 10-month waiver to power subscribers in Delhi, saying the matter is still under consideration. In a controversial move, the Delhi Chief Minister had on Friday announced exemption for people who had defaulted on their electricity bills and withdrawal of cases against those booked for power theft since March 23 last year. Mr Kejriwal had made the announcement while launching his campaign against private power firms in the national capital who now face an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. The opposition BJP had slammed his proposal, calling it anarchist. "The move will spread anarchy," Harsh Vardhan, who was the BJP's chief ministerial candidate against Mr Kejriwal, said. "What if we ask people not to pay their power bills?" Mr Vardhan said, adding, "Shouting slogans and governance are two different things." Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal does a U-turn on power waiver, says matter under consideration | NDTV.com ********************************************************** There are many threads going on on AAP and Kejriwal, so why another thread? The reasons is that there is no doubt that the AAP has excited the aspirations of the people, who are fed up to the gills with the moorless meandering of the UPA Govt that has led the people and the Nation to this sad, abysmal state. Corruption seems to have become a \'respectable' word in the political lexicon that was being bandied. Kejriwal, who was otherwise dismissed as a rabble rouser and nothing more, seems to have emerged like the phoenix to give new life to Indian aspirations, by arising from the ashes of the predecessor Govt. However, comes the Catch 22. Most of the people in AAP, including very eminent, recognised and respected personalities in their fields, are novices at the game of running Govts with all the complexities that the fluid, quixotic and kaleidoscopic citizens can throw up. This complexities are what escapes these concerned do gooders who compose the AAP and the Delhi Govt. Thus, they seem fall back, having no experience or clue, on well trodden path of the preceding Govts as if that is the mantra to governance, the worst being the overworked instrument of populism and subsidies. Applying these 'old tricks', so to say, they did encourage euphoria, but the complexities of realtime governance has caught up and is staring in the face, resulting in total confusion and repeated flip flops. This confusion and flip flops does not bear well on the future of the AAP, if they wish to pose a national challenge. The writing on the wall that has followed the broad daylight thieving practised by the current Govt, rising prices, lack of jobs, high inflation to include food inflation and total slowdown of growth, has only given rise to despondency and hope that anything better is most acceptable, but not what the present state of affairs is. None is ready to accept instability or a confused approach to national and international issues. The manner in which the AAP promises to deceive as in the case of this electricity promise that was tomtom as delivering on promises within 48 hours of ascendancy to power, is only question the credibility of the AAP being a Govt that can deliver and is low on rhetoric! To add to the woe is that the AAP has announced that it will take the lunge in national politics, but has not spelt out the direction they will take on national and international issues. The voter thus is left to play the Blindman's Bluff game that children play. Not a comfortable situation to be in any case. And worse, is that what has been said is not very palatable or acceptable as was the 'profound' pronouncement of the founder leader Perahsnt Bhooshan on Kashmir and Naxals! The AAP better gets it act together and talk in one voice and that too caring for national sentiments. They have to Prepare or Perish. No loose talking will impress the Nation. The Nation has been taken for a ride for a very long time and is not impressed with hollow war cries any more. There is a view that the AAP should consolidate in governing Delhi and learn the ropes and they Walk the Talk at the National level. Where does it leave the AAP if they are seen to waiver in announcement and implementation or found to be totally at sea to ensure some actions that appeal to the people, like the Durbar, do not end up looking as if Delhi is in the hands of amateurs, even if they are well meaning Pollyannas? What must the AAP do to be a force to be reckoned with at the National Level.. It must never be brushed off that Modi is a strong contender, even if Rahul Gandhi is not!