The AAP crisis

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16 May, 17 10:52
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The last couple of weeks has turned the politics of Delhi upside down. The allegations by Kapil Mishra, one of the highly trusted men of Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet, have left everyone stunned. This is political and is aimed at something really big. But, still appeared simple and basic kind of anger that was painted in the air. Kejriwal, who has been doing this kind of politics since the inception of his Aam Aadmi Party, tasted his own medicine, a bit if not much. But he successfully was able to divert the attention of media from the corruption charges to EVM flaws. Saurabh Bhardwaj chose Delhi Assembly to demonstrate his engineering prowess where he demonstrated how an EVM can be manipulated. Election commission too came to save the image of the agency and decided to use Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines henceforth in all elections. This step was a quick resolution that will surely restore the trust of the voter. Voters actually were confused whether to believe the allegations from losing parties as same parties had won previous elections with these EVMs only.
However, the quicker resolution to EVM allegation has left the Aam Aadmi Party again vulnerable to the charges of corruption leveled against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. Sooner or later, he will have to come clean. Any delay would only harm his image as his main tool against all other parties has been corruption and if he fails to clean his face, this will be grave trouble to him.
AAP has already been jolted heavily with losses in Punjab and Goa. But the greater shock was MCD elections which it lost badly despite all the work, as they claim, done by them in Delhi. If they worked and results were ostensible, there was no reason why they lost. Surely, the work either lacked quality or it was never done.
Many surveys also suggested that the outspoken tendency of Mr. Kejriwal did cost them all the loses. His strategy of leveling allegations and then failing to come with evidence has surely been a big reason why he has a lot of trust. Many ambitious promises like CCTV and Wi-Fi across the capital also has no progress report whatsoever. Their claim of working at ground also look thin after their poor show in MCD elections.
Overall, the recent losses have assured that now people are fed up with rhetoric. All action is what they need. And of course, a proper publicity of work done has become the key as people doubt all the achievements listed by parties at the time of the election. A regular report card and interaction with people over media is the key here besides of course the real implementation of plans. The government has three log years in which they can prove their worth by transforming Delhi totally, else AAP will be reduced to history.
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