Is this a way to run a government? The style of Kejriwal's working as an administrative head reminds one of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who also started a politics of mobility after coming to power. She used to make surprise visits at government hospitals in Kolkata to observe the mess they are in and warned the authorities to improve things. Has the situation on the ground changed after that?
Kejriwal should ensure that the govt reaches the people, not the other way round
Former supercop Kiran Bedi, who on Thursday endorsed BJP's Narendra Modi as the prime minister, again tweeted on Saturday saying secretariats can not be run from the rooftop. She said this after Kejriwal appeared on the roof of the Delhi Secretariat following the chaos to assure the people that their grievances will be heard.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>For God's sake,Arvind and Team,Secretariats are not run from Roof Tops! Pl take time to listen/absorb! And then take considered decisions!</p>— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) <a href="https://twitter.com/thekiranbedi/statuses/421888246583271424">January 11, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Is Kejriwal more concerned about publicity and afraid of failure in public eyes? If these are the main constructive pillars of his idea of governance, then Delhi is certainly set to witness worse days ahead.
Why Kejriwal does not believe in decentralisation? He is too careful about maintaining his 'revolutionary' image in the media instead of trying to better the system of governance to benefit the common man? This is not an era of the emperors when the common men met the tyrant to decide their fates. In this age of developed political systems, Kejriwal's obsolete model of Janta Darbaar in the national capital is a joke. Why doesn't he improve the rank of the government to address the people's issues instead of making a fool of himself and his party?
Leaders like Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar are known for their populism and their raw politics of making direct overtures at the people are understandable. The Trinamool Congress and the JD(U) are mainly one-person shows and whatever the top faces decide is the decision of the party and its government. If a group of sophisticated individuals in an upscale city like Delhi also tends to indulge in a similar politics of 'make the public happy first', then God only knows why such people should get a special attention in popular media.
Chief ministers of Rajasthan have also followed the 'Janata Darbaar' model but didn't get much success. Why is there not much media focus on those darbaars? Are Delhi darbaars more TRP-friendly because they are being led by a super aam aadmi called Arvind Kejriwal?
Let's face the fact. Arvind Kejriwal hasn't changed the system and can't do much in that aspect. Providing defunct buses as night shelters to the homeless is a basic administrative measure which his government has taken and it should follow similar steps in other fields as well. He must ensure that the administration reaches the people and not that the people run after the administration to get justice.