Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, who will take oath as the chief minister of Delhi for the second time on February 14, exactly a year after quitting the CM's office, has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his swearing-in ceremony. [Why Mamata and Nitish have little reason to celebrate AAP's victory]
It seems Kejriwal is imitating Modi's own style as the latter had invited the heads of state of all the SAARC member nations to his swearing-in on May 26 last year.
But whatever it be, Kejriwal is certainly looking more confident before beginning his second stint as the chief minister and is setting up examples for many other chief ministers of the country, particularly Nitish Kumar and Mamata Banerjee, who were elated over the AAP's stunning victory in the Delhi polls.
While Nitish Kumar left the chief minister's post a day after the Lok Sabha election results came out because the overwhelming victory of Narendra Modi was too much for him to digest and picked a Mahadalit as his successor so that plan for the next Bihar election doesn't get derailed, Mamata Banerjee is yet to meet the prime minister whom she targetted in unparliamentary languages many times for a substantial talk.
So as they have expressed great solidarity for Kejriwal for his victory gave them a vicarious pleasure, can they also follow Kejriwal's footsteps to meet the PM gracefully and not prefer their own egos over the state's benefit?
Chances are less. But then, both Nitish Kumar and Mamata Banerjee must remember that just winning an election doesn't make a leader complete.
They two were also held in great regard by the people of their respective states till the recent past but while Nitish Kumar ruined his good records just to pamper his own ego and ambition, Banerjee never really clicked as an administrator and is now even apprehensive about landing in bigger troubles, thanks to a massive case of corruption that unfolded during her stint.
But still they have not stopped bashing the Centre, equating it with their ego clashes with Modi and have overlooked the benefit of their own state.
Kejriwal has sought an audience with PM even before becoming the CM
It was surprising to see Nitish Kumar surrendering the chief minister's post, which he was handling so much better, to an inexperienced hand just for the sake of politics while Banerjee never felt the urge to meet the prime minister of a fresh government at the Centre to chalk a way out for her state's poor finances. And yet they are happy for the party of the Aam Aadmi for genuine reasons?