Take the litmus test
It isn’t morally and ethically acceptable for Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party to not face the electorate once again and have the luxury of the Delhi Assembly not being dissolved by the lieutenant general Najeeb Jung. We have a situation now in which a party, which won people’s trust in December last year, preferred to leave it behind with Kejriwal quitting as chief minister of Delhi in a matter of 49 days. Now, to clandestinely request the L-G to not give the green signal for a repoll, especially in the wake of a renewed prospect of the BJP under Narendra Modi wave doing very well in all the assembly segments, is cowardly and unbecoming of a leader who promised systemic changes and purges. After the Lok Sabha results and resounding mandate for Modi nationally, including Kejriwal losing from Varanasi, the AAP has been dented politically and its symbolism has faded much. Although Kejriwal-led AAP had unleashed a different kind of politics, with democratic dissent taking centre-stage, his relinquishing the chief minister’s post turned all that emblematic energy into a fuzzball of non-governance. Given that India’s post-electoral honeymoon with Modi has only begun, Kejriwal cannot expect the LG to give him the Delhi government on platter after he has bungled his way out of it. Given that Delhi BJP had a few assembly seats more than AAP even in the December 2013 polls, and has notched up all seven of the parliamentary seats in the Lok Sabha polls, the AAP does not have the moral high ground to claim fresh stake in government formation. It must take the litmus test again.