By Rajiv Punj
NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal is becoming a phenomenon by the day. He is certainly a thorn in the side of the BJP which feels that this novice politician may derail chances of Narendra Modi becoming the next Prime Minister of India.
In fact, Modi had already started assuming that there was nothing stopping him from becoming the next Prime Minister till the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) erupted on the political scene of the country.
In a rally in Goa the other day when Modi was forced to mention the threat from the fledging party, he dismissed AAP leaders for their “lack of experience” and said that the country needed “people who have experience to take it forward and we are determined to do that”.
Obviously, it is a sign of the BJP’s discomfort that a leader of Modi’s stature has to dismiss the AAP as a bunch of novice leaders.
Arvind Kejriwal and his party have forced leaders of all parties to rethink their strategies and do deep introspection.
They cannot find anything against the AAP yet and thus are struggling to counter an android that has struck them. As the AAP is yet free from political garbage, the other parties have nothing to comment on it. They are just sniffing around for some lame excuses to rubbish the AAP.
Both the BJP and the Congress are today jittery because of the quick ascendancy of the AAP which went to the public with one single purpose: talk about their issues and address them.
The AAP mission is to root out corruption and give a CLEAN administration to the country which the Constitution promised them more than 60 years ago, but leaders failed.
It certainly seems to be some cosmological phenomenon that reminds us of the very famous scene from a story that we all heard and studied in our childhood. It was the Pied Piper of Hamelin who used to play music with his pipe and all the rats followed him after liking the music desperately and that’s how the common men of Hamelin got rid of those rats because of the pied piper. Here too, people are loving the mission by the AAP as the common man is suffering at the hands of corrupt officials.
Sure, all will agree and appreciate that the AAP’s initial efforts are in the right direction, their intentions are pious and they are willing to bite the bullet and catch the bull by the horn in order to give clean governance.
They are showing signs of implementing their ideas. Their initial moves are unquestionably in pursuit of giving ‘swaraj’ to the public. They are willing to enforce discipline, policies and laws which will automatically start cleaning the system.
Bu this willingness will have to get converted into action and that too very soon, otherwise the public will dethrone them and they will vanish overnight. All they have to do is strongly ensure the rule of law and transparent governance.
Though it is too early to be judgmental about the AAP, the public will only measure them by the end results they deliver. We will have to have patience and support them to give their best in our own interest.
(A senior corporate executive with a multinational, Rajiv Punj is based in New Delhi)