‘AAP’OLOGY

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Mar 2018 09:50:49

FOR those, who have got a hang of the style of politics that Aam Aadmi Party chief Mr. Arvind Kejriwal employs, the Delhi Chief Minister’s unconditional apology to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia over charges of drugs trade has not come as a surprise. Mr. Kejriwal and his party have unscrupulously followed the practice of hollow rhetoric without backing it with substance. The “meek surrender” to Mr Majithia, as termed by leaders from the party’s Punjab unit, is bound to have cataclysmic effects on AAP functioning.

The upheavals in AAP are evident from the resignation of its Punjab unit chief Mr. Bhagwant Mann and co-president Mr. Aman Arora. Many more are sure to follow suit, not just in Punjab, but also elsewhere. The political fall-out of Mr. Kejriwal’s apology is significant and can have serious ramifications on its Government in Delhi and also on its prospects in the forthcoming general elections.

The episode dilutes the very brand of politics the Aam Aadmi Party burnished at its launch when it propounded a war on corruption in every walk of life in the society. The party promised a clean-up operation in politics and soon became a toast of the common man, who is always looking for a protagonist speaking his own language. Early success bolstered its ambition as was evident from the plunge AAP took in national politics, fielding candidates from various Lok Sabha constituencies. The rhetoric has since gone shrill without much to show up in action.

AAP’s is a classic case of all sound and fury signifying nothing. Neither it has the resources to back the audacity nor the political craft to take on its mighty opponents. The initial theatre of the Government staging dharna against its own police after assuming power in Delhi always had a limited charm. Levelling allegations of corruption against business houses and politicians without evidence, too, was a poor ploy. It had to result in a meek submission which Mr. Kejriwal did in Punjab. The apology is just an extension of the humble pies the Delhi CM had been forced to eat. Three years ago, he had to surrender in a defamation case filed by Mr. Nitin Gadkari. Same looks the conclusion in other pending cases.