The comprehensive sweep of the Delhi Assembly polls by the Aam Aadmi Party is an indication of an optimistic but impatient electorate making its impatience with the status quo heard in a telling fashion. The AAP’s victory should come as a wake up call not just for the NDA Government at the Centre but all incumbent state governments banking on catchy slogans to make up for their lack of delivery on the promises they have made. Coming just before two weeks of the second budget to be presented by the NDA government, the ramifications of the Delhi elections may hopefully be seen in the achhe din finally starting to roll nationwide. For Arvind Kejriwal, the landslide win presents a fantastic opportunity to cleanse the political system of many of the ills that seem to characterise it and emerge as the standard-bearer of honest politics.
Beware AAP’s past
For those who looked forward to an AAP win, it has been a more than a very generous gift. But vignettes of the brief Phase I of Kejriwal-rule could stand to bring in more apprehensions than euphoria to their plate. Should the AAP be beset yet again with mavericks and individualism as against an integrated and focused thought process of a more mature political entity, it may pass into history in five years or less. And that would be poor repayment to the Delhi electorate that braved all odds to elevate the party to its astounding victory. The AAP must start with the earnest belief that it is cut out for a far greater regional role and to wait to extend their range, over time, on the national canvas. More than Kejrwal, the responsibility for shaping the party’s future is on the founder-members and the penumbra around the leadership.
R Narayanan, Ghaziabad