People who have been wondering why there is a sudden surge in AAP advertising on television, finally have an answer. AAP is cash-strapped and wants its Janata's help. Hence, the persistent visibility on electronic media.
But what happened today was unexpected and to an extent hilarious. The tirades of sops and privileges whichi won the party the top chair in Delhi has boomerangued. With no more funds to offer for its exorbitant promises, the party is now appealing for funds from the people.
He said,"The public funded us, we never took any money under the table. We gave a record of every rupee we got. After we came to power, our funds exhausted. Now we want funds to run our party and we want it from the public. We are indebted to the people for their help. But now we need funds for day to day expenses."
Exercise your lungs as much as you can with a good laugh if we say that Kejriwal finally admitted that he is in a mess. "You would say Im a bizarre CM, asking for funds like this. We can get money the wrong way but that is not who we are," he said. We understand that the idea is noble, but is this governance?
Delhi, back to square one?
To remind you, the Delhi government (led by Arvind Kejriwal) had waived off the power bill for people who had defaulted for 10 months. Charges on people for power theft have also been withdrawn.
The free water supply of 20,000 litres per month for every household will also be affected. Financial experts have often been quoted as calling this 'madness' given the power and water crunch that Delhi is already facing.
With the lack of power plants and the drying Jamuna river, sufficing the needs of the residents would be impossible. Moreover, if there are no restrictions on their usage, there would be complete anarchy.
Now that the reality has dawned, does the Kejriwal government have a Plan B to support its election agenda?
Not a new story
The cash-strapped party has already earned itself a reputation of being broke when declared itself out of money in Ranchi in 2014. They, in fact had opted out of the assembly elections in 2015.
The office had then complained: "We now make a fraction of the money compared to six months ago. We are barely managing to pay the rent for our office. We have approached our Delhi head office for help, but we get zero support from them. The leaders seem to be interested solely on the Delhi assembly elections."
Party anarchy and the mistakes
Political experts are convinced that the functioning of the party has led to its gradual downfall. AAP's former state coordinator who left the party after the Lok Sabha polls said that casteism and psychophany were the main reasons of concern here.
With a clear divide between the party supremos and other members, only a few from the former category were allowed to take a decision.
"We approached Kejriwal with complaints, but no action was taken. The democracy and the transparency that the party stood for disappeared," he said.
Given this situation, it is unlikely that the party may come out of the situation in the near future. Amid this, the fate of Delhiites remains uncertain. Truely, just 'Dharnas' and protests do not fill dark homes and empty stomachs.