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AAP and agitations

People of Delhi voted overwhelmingly for AAP in Legislative Assembly elections and gave them 67 out of 70 seats to rule Delhi. They did not vote for AAP to sit at Jantar Mantar or fill jails, more so on an issue like Land Acquisition Bill.
Before elections Arvind Kejriwal had asked people’s forgiveness for quitting after 49 days. People forgave him and gave him a huge mandate. He should not let them down. His place of work is Delhi Secretariat. AAP ministers should be there. MLAs should meet their constituents and try to solve their problems. It is unbecoming of Arvind Kejriwal to sit at Jantar Mantar with Anna Hazare. It is worse that he asked all his MLAs including ministers and Speaker to sit at Jantar Mantar. Anna Hazare is a free man. He does not hold any public office. Arvind Kejriwal is chief minister. He, his ministers, MLAs hold public offices. They have a duty towards people. Work at Delhi Secretariat is not done or gets delayed. Time spent at Jantar Mantar is time lost for the people of Delhi.
Corruption is an issue that affects most people and they will support any agitation that is against corruption. Land acquisition is not an issue that affects city people and many others. It affects farmers. Farmers are free to protest. AAP leaders who represent farmers outside Delhi are free to protest.
AAP government came to power on 14/2/2015. Arvind Kejriwal said BJP and Congress lost due to arrogance. AAP lost Lok Sabha elections due to arrogance. Things are not simple as that. BJP lost Delhi Assembly election due to Kiran Bedi’s candidature as CM and some other reasons. AAP lost many seats or rather did not win many seats due to wrong candidates. Members who were with AAP from the beginning did not get tickets. Outsiders were called and given tickets. That dismayed AAP members who did not canvass for such candidates. Some outsiders, at least six, who got tickets, returned them as there was no support.
Arvind Kejriwal said for five years he will be in Delhi. He will not go out. That raises AAP’s future outside Delhi. AAP missed contesting elections in Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir. A party that does not contest elections becomes irrelevant. Members leave such parties. Arvind Kejriwal is free to remain in Delhi for five years. AAP members outside Delhi should contest elections. If Arvind Kejriwal opposes they should form another party and contest elections.
Manish Sisodia on 23/2/2015 said a decision on filling jails will be taken after four months when the movement starts. If ministers go to jail it is constitutional breakdown. Lieutenant Governor will have to dissolve Delhi Legislative Assembly. Elections will follow. Kejriwal promised five years rule. It will be less than five months. People will not forgive him. People reduced BJP to three seats and Congress to zero. They can reduce AAP to zero.

Updated: February 26, 2015 — 7:56 am

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