Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move has exposed the hypocrisy of India’s opposition politicians like never before. Irony is that someone like Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who came to power promising a crackdown on corruption, is now protesting against Centre’s ban on old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Not only this, he had earlier even threatened there could be law and order situation if the Centre doesn’t withdraw the demonetisation decision.
In days before demonetisation, Kejriwal had apparently tried his best to create chaos in the national capital over the alleged suicide of former Army veteran Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal and the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad. Following the ban on old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, Kejriwal dumped both the issues. He is now protesting against the note ban. He has even cooked up a scam theory behind the Centre’s demonetisation move.
Today, Kejriwal claimed on Twitter that noteban is a Rs 8 lakh crore “scam” under the guise of patriotism. He appealed to his supporters to oppose the demonetisation “scam”
Kejriwal is a curious case in Indian politics. He cannot take up an issue and fight for it till the logical conclusion. He thrives on making allegations and gets away with ease. For Kejriwal, it seems, politics is all about some minutes of media coverage.
Following Kejriwal’s protest against the alleged suicide of Subedar Grewal, a news article had hailed Kejriwal as the “only real opposition leader” in India. Does India deserve such an opposition leader who cannot pursue any single issue for long?
In contrast to Kejriwal, there is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is consistent with his views and follows matters of public concern like prohibition with conviction. He is opposed to PM Modi ideologically but doesn’t attack him for the sake of it.
Apart from the inconvenience caused to people because of sudden noteban, not a serious counter has come against the merits of demonetisation. Nitish Kumar has acknowledged the merits of the move. During a rally in Madhubani district of Bihar on Wednesday, Kumar emphasised that demonetisation drive was necessary to end the scourge of fake notes and black money.
In a democracy, being in opposition doesn’t give a leader the right to wreck the country. All leaders must be constructive in their opposition to any move by the government, but not at the cost of the country itself. Such politics is certainly beyond Kejriwal’s capacity. Not Kejriwal, but Nitish Kumar is the only real opposition leader India deserves.