Q&A with Arvind Kejriwal

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So you came here thinking I’d have conducted an interview with Arvind Kejriwal? Sadly, no. I’m a common man… as of now. And he is no longer a common man. Yeah, he is not. At least not now, while he heads the Delhi Govt. He has been making all sorts of promises, patting his back, stabbing others and throwing mud at every one. But is he really THE man India is looking for? Lets find out. I will ask a question I want to ask to Arvind Kejriwal and try to be as logical as possible in my analysis. If I’m biased, you may stop reading and go else where to some other paid media.

Q1: Why did Arvind Kejriwal for a political party?

In the annals of political history, great parties and great leaders have taken birth out of a mass outcry or a nation wide movement against gross atrocities. Some leaders such as JP, Vajpayee, Advani are an examples of it. So Kejriwal forming a party of common men was not out of place. He was challenged time and again to step into the system and change it. He sort of volunteered. What beats me though it his constant denial of the fact that he never had (or has) political ambitions. He always wanted to change the system and remove corruption. Every one knows if one wants to clean the sewerage, he must get in and get his hands dirty. Thats how it happens. But when a person who has got in starts throwing filth at onlookers… there is when the problems start

Q2: When you say you want to end the congress rule and establish good governance in the system, why do you oppose Narendra Modi and the BJP?

Beats me again. No doubt congress is corrupt till the last vein. He has happily and strongly put congress out of power in Delhi. Every one knows they have no chance at the center. Besides BJP and Narendra Modi haven’t had a chance to for central government. When Vajpayee was prime minister for 5 years about a decade ago, hardly any corruption charges surfaced. So we can safely assume that they were the less corrupt and better at governance (if not fully honest). They also have the strength and experience to form a stable central government. Why then oppose the BJP? Besides Narendra Modi is widely recognized as a progressive leader. Never has any corruption charges leveled against him or his ministers in Guj. Even the SIT and courts gave him a clean chit in the 2002 riots case. How then is he your enemy number 1? Pl acknowledge the fact that AAP is neither strong nor intelligent enough to lead the nation as of now. But in 5 years, may be. Let the right people do their job.

Q3: You targeted Robert Vadra for a paltry land row but targeted Nitin Gadkari, then national president of BJP for supposed irregularities in his business (Not politics)

It was equally surprising. Robert Vadra got the benefit from Haryana Govt. So they were at fault and not entirely Vadra. Beside he is an unimportant person even in the Gandhi family, let alone Congress. Then why target him and not some one more important such as Shiela Dixit or Suresh Kalmadi or Diggy? But you chose to target the national president of BJP. The irregularities that you pointed out were, though dubious, but within the system. No one got arrested but led to lot of face loss and the party post of Nitin Gadkari. After that you never targeted any one. Why so? Congress’s ally in Maha, the NCP is THE MOST CORRUPT in the world. But never every you have dared to act against them. You have never even mentioned the proven conman Sharad Pawar in the list of corrupt. Can I ask why?

Q4: You have not even proven yourself in Delhi and you are already gunning for Loksabha elections?

One of the reasons could be because of AAPs popularity around the country. After they won good number of seats in Delhi, they got many more registrations across the country. It is though being said that most of the people who have applied have asked for a ticket looking at what kind of people were fielded in Delhi. But with growing popularity, AAP has become conscious. But again, though you are growing in numbers, the sanctity has not been proved. Thats the reason why people like Somnath Bharti, Yogendra Yadav, Kumar Vishwas and Anjali Damania are getting unnecessary exposure. But they are not good enough. They are not even close to being good. Dont you think it will be good to build a party first and then try? This way, people who may vote for an honest Arvind Kejriwal will have to content with opportunist leaders who are no good.

Q5: Are you going to get out of the protest mode?

CM protesting outside rail bhavan instantly made news. But the reason for protest was so down rightly stupid that it made heavy weather of the proven and test method Arvind Kejriwal has introduced. Or should I say reintroduced? Mahatma Gandhi gave us a peaceful way of non-cooperation. That led to out freedom. But look what happened after that. non-cooperation took form of strikes. Now every now and then some one holds the city/country at ransom for a paltry demand. If the chief minister is going to sit on a dharna every now and then, what is the general public supposed to do? I must say it here that leaders dont whimper. They take up the task in hand, find a solution and do it. It is time you understood this.

Q6: Is your sole purpose to stop Narendra Modi from becoming a prime minister?

Could be. The way you said BJP is your main enemy makes me feel this is true. Because I dont see any reason why Congress is tolerating your non-sense. To prove this, let me take you to Andhra Pradesh of 2008. After going to public and collecting their opinions for 6 months, south’s most popular actor Chiranjeevi decides to float a party. Why? Only holy Balaji knows. He declares a manifesto in which he counters most of Telagu Desam Party’s promises. TDP and Chandra Babu Naidu were the strong challengers to the incumbent congress government. TDP is also widely regarded for making Hyderabad what it is today. Chiranjeevi also advocated a unified Andhra in a bid to woo voters. In many of his speeches, he promises that if he comes to power, he will end the rampant corruption by the YSR government. Most of his promises were populist measures. He obviously did not win too many seats to form a government. But he did manage to massively split the Congress-TDP votes, mostly urban. And then what happened? Congress formed the government with help from Chiranjeevi’s MLAs. Rampant corruption by YSR be damned. Further in 2011, 2 and half years after floating the party, Chiranjeevi suddenly has a change of heart and merges his party with the Congress, citing good governance by Congress (and possibly death of YSR).

Notably, TDP is a part of BJP led NDA. And do you know the name of the party Chiranjeevi’s party? Praja Rajyam or the rule of the people. Aam Aadmi? Rings any bell? May be all of it is not true. But till date, the AAP story is starkly similar to Praja Rajyam. I hope this is not true and I’ll be sincerely happy if Arvind Kejriwal becomes our man friday. But for now, my vote still goes to Narendra Modi!

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Kejri, you orchestrated my comeback!

Arvind Kejriwal

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As a writer 🙂

Thanks to Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, I’m beginning to put my mind out again. I had stopped writing after India’s disastrous tour of Australia in 2011-12 and never again even thought of penning my thoughts. But with Arvindbhai ruling the roost in the news papers and channels, I thought it is time to make a come back.

Arvind- I’m exposing you now 🙂