25 October, 2020

Breaking The Conveyor Belt

By pitting itself against the bureaucracy, AAP is undermining the very mechanism its government needs to deliver what it promised the people

Selling The Change
Kejriwal’s AAP rode to power in Delhi on the back of big promises
Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Breaking The Conveyor Belt

“Insaan se insaan ka ho bhaichara, yehi paigham hamaara”, that was Arvind Kejriwal’s message to the people of Delhi on February 14, 2015, soon after taking oath of office as CM. Three years on, the bhaichara bit lay in tatters—in a scene straight out of a desi mafia film, two of his MLAs allegedly roughed up the state chief secretary late at night in the CM’s presence. As if this was not enough, a day later, once again in Kejriwal’s presence, another MLA promised to do more of the same to any officer who seemed to be a hindrance to the AAP way of running the government.

Kejriwal and AAP had promised good governance to the people of Delhi, offering the hope of a way out of the mire Indian politics was stuck in. The people believed them and gave AAP a massive majority—67 seats out of 70 in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha. Today, increasingly it seems AAP has proved the believers wrong.

The patina of Gandhism lay thick on Kejriwal as he took over governance. He had even proclaimed himself an...



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