He might be nearing his 50, but Kejriwal's AAP has been stung too many times already
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal is nearing to better his own record as the chief minister of Delhi. On April 5, Kejriwal will complete 50 days to eclipse the disappointing record of 49 days that he had served in 2013-14.
But even as the AAP prepares for a positive in another 4 days time, it is also feeling uneasy, thanks to the sting operation which has boomeranged on it. It was Kejriwal who had once put into use the tactic to floor political opponents. Now, after the party came to power, the weapon has backfired on Kejriwal's own party. [Endless AAP chaos: Kejriwal might be a CM without a party soon]
The consequences have been so disastrous that the party recently saw ouster of two of its senior leaders. The mutual suspicion has grown in leaps and bounds and even "valued colleagues" are now being dumped. [AAP no different from other political outfits, says Shiv Sena]
Can a party really function in this manner for a greater good as the AAP has promised to its voters ahead of the Delhi polls in February? [Medha Patkar resigns from party, terms Bhushan-Yadav ouster 'condemnable']
What big leader is Kejriwal if he can't see his party get over daily bickering?
It is an ominous sign that the AAP's internal problems are snowballing even after it came to power with a decisive mandate. Generally, such problems are seen when a party loses power and struggles to keep the dissidents together, as is seen in the Congress now. But the AAP has shown that internal rift can widen even if a party is in power.
The threatening rift in the AAP has not been caused by any ideological difference but by uncompromising opportunism, something which makes one more apprehensive about the 'new-age' party's future.
The Congress too had a similar problem after Independence and it was too big a party to manage all dissent in its ranks. But still towering leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and others had never allowed to fall apart despite having differences.
An AAP can't even manage its internal differences despite being a Delhi-centric outfit. Still we are told Arvind Kejriwal is a big leader?
The AAP has been made look more promising by experts who believe it has promised new-age politics and genuinely stands for people's welfare. The question is: What's its expertise to deliver on those tall promises? So far, we have seen the party either taking economy-unfriendly routes for easy popularity or gagging internal dissents to help Kejriwal's image remain untarnished.
There is something negative about the party called AAP. It has also tried to make an impact by pointing at others' mistakes or drawbacks but never really could present an alternative when given the opportunity.
Last time, its chief minister disowned his chair while now, he is ensuring other people to leave so that his own image is not affected. But there is no visible difference in the party's approach on issues of governance and economics. There is certainly no road-map but only day-to-day noise to just live another day.
Kejriwal's party, on feels, is too involved in petty clashes and doesn't really know the way to come out of the trouble and commit itself for a greater cause. It's a loose bond of individuals who do not have a common political vision and just thrive on media statements.
It is disappointing to see how this new experimentation with politics has been failing repeatedly despite having a popular backing as is seen during polls. For a party, the real test begins after election and not the election in itself. Kejriwal and his thinning party look clueless to evolve as a robust political outfit.