Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Mar 2018 11:25:14


THE apology tendered by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Chief Minister of Delhi Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is nothing but an afterthought. The AAP leader appears to have dreaded the consequences of the result of the defamation suits filed by various leaders, including Union Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Congress leader Mr. Kapil Sibal and Akali Dal leader Mr. Bikram Majithia, if they had taken the cases to their logical conclusion. Had that happened Mr. Kejriwal would have been a broke, financially, politically and even morally. On his own admission, Mr. Kejriwal is known to make unsubstantiated allegations against all and sundry, including his political opponents and bureaucracy. He has been making such irresponsible allegations basking in the popularity he had gained in the wake of Mr. Anna Hazare’s agitation against corruption in high places. He rode on that popular agitation to power in Delhi and went on to making unfounded and irresponsible corruption charges against people in high places without caring to provide proof to prove his charges against them.


THE attack on shops with Gujarati signboards in Thane region by activists of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is a prime example of political hooliganism. The Raj Thackeray-led party is hopelessly out of the realms of political contests in Maharashtra. Now, just to keep itself afloat in view of next year’s elections at Centre and State, Mr. Thackeray’s outfit is resorting to such games. The MNS chief ‘interviewing’ Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Mr. Sharad Pawar and subsequent call of “Modi-mukt Bharat” are drastic measures by Mr. Thackeray to stay relevant in contemporary politics. The electoral reverses MNS faced since last general elections have forced it to adopt such tactics. The depleting number of corporators in BMC and just one MLA in State Assembly are testimony to the loosening grip of MNS. Thackeray’s call to form an anti-Modi front appears to be the last struggle for MNS revival. Though once a leader with promise, Mr. Raj Thackeray has now reduced himself to an eternal brinkman.