The impasse has finally come to an end albeit, tenaciously. The Lieutenant-Governor finally realised the need to hold elections in the National Capital Territory of Delhi causing a huge sigh of relief to the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party which had been clamouring for fresh elections ever since it demitted office.
BJP too will heave a sigh a of relief as it will not have to answer the arduous and politically disturbing questions of horse trading but Congress, which has looked depleted left, right and centre in the entire of 2014 will still have to make huge amends as it forays into the Delhi elections. With no Sheila Dikshit to gather reins of its fledgling fortunes, Congress will at best have to depend on the now obsolete political acumen of Arvinder Singh Lovely, Haroon Yusuf, Dr A K Walia Prof Kiran Walia and Sandeep Dikshit.
With the wave generated by prime minister Narendra Modi still lurching, these leaders have been left scurrying to find answers for the Congress’ misfortune in a state it ruled unabatedly for 15 years. AAP may find itself at the other side of the table too especially after the kind of consternation it has caused for residents of the national capital after Arvind Kejriwal decided to demit office just after 49 days. Perhaps it is time for Kejriwal and his AAP to realise that amateurish decisions like the one they or more significantly he took will not do them any good.
Creating the kind of unprecedented logjam that AAP has the capability of, it perhaps may be a long winding road for them even in Delhi now. In this entire milieu, the role of the Lieutenant-Governor seems highly debatable and equally dubious. Najeeb Jung, a former IAS officer should have acted with prudence as soon as the presidential rule came to an end. It may be noted that Delhi came under the president’s rule on 17th February, 2014 and continued till 3rd November. In all certainty the presidential rule should have come to an end on 17th of August as per constitutional provisions.
Why exactly did the LG not call for fresh elections in spite of knowing the fact that none of the parties were capable of forming a government is case in point? Who was the L-G favouring so ostensibly? Whatever may be the answer to that question at least one thing has now become certain, that Delhi will foresee another round of assembly elections. Now perhaps is the time for the people of Delhi to come out in huge numbers to truly elect a leader who can serve them for the next five years without causing administrative disruptions and without indulging in rounds of unnecessary mud-slinging.
Political parties must realise that Delhi needs a stable government and an even unwavering person to lead it.