Of late, his rants have become all about Narendra Modi, and Congress and its corruption have become a lost cause. He wants to encash on the popularity of Modi as much as he can in any way ‘“ by fear, favour or fervor.
In an interview to Business standard, former chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal said, “In Varanasi, one candidate will be fighting to become the Prime Minister and the other to save the nation. There is a need to defeat such leaders. It is not about my victory or defeat. The people of India should win. If we lose, the people of the country will lose.”
Well, let’s forget the first part because we know that Kejriwal will not say till the last moment that he wants to become PM although it was pretty clear when he impatiently resigned from his post within 50 days of his government.
The second part of the statement is more important, especially the last part, where he says, “If we lose, the people of this country lose.”
Kejriwal needs to be reminded that the people of this country do not lose if Kejriwal does not come to power. They did not lose when they gave more votes to BJP than to AAP in Delhi. They lost because AAP came forward, formed the government with Congress which, by the way, had its face saved by winning six seats, performed some vigilantism and dharna in jest and left the people hanging.
It is no secret that the Kejriwal-show in Varanasi was a flop one. Eggs were thrown, ink was thrown and, if some time would have been given, a shoe too must have come flowing from somewhere. People discarded him as a publicity seeker and everybody made fun of him as he moved on expected lines (calling ink throwers “paid workers of Modi”). Empty chairs were there (Yes, pictures from camera-phones showing 100 volunteers as a big crowd do not qualify as success) and volunteers were allegedly paid for being there in the rally.
He speaks volumes about ending communalism and warns people about voting for those who spread communalism. But he needs to understand that politics of opportunism is far worse than any malice. Kejriwal had a dip in the holy river Ganga, went to Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Kaal Bhairav Temple sporting a painted forehead, and wore a skull cap presented by the Imam of Varanasi.
To top it all, he compared his resignation to the 14 year exile of Lord Rama.
Even after being wrong on so many levels, he dared to ask whether he should contest from the seat, to which his party volunteers, who were probably just waiting for this question to be asked, replied in affirmative. How does this become wish of Varanasi janta?
He is a leader who talks about local issues when he should be speaking on national issues. He talks about sewer, weaver and river when he should actually be talking about economy, defence and foreign policy. He has experts in his party who very well know that local and national elections differ on so many levels of which issues are a big part. At least, the politically sharp people of Varanasi know that. How is he so ignorant?
Of late, his rants have become all about Narendra Modi, and Congress and its corruption have become a lost cause. He wants to encash on the popularity of Modi as much as he can in any way – by fear, favour or fervor.
Afterall, even if he lose, the glory is going to be all his. And he is already speaking about this martyrdom.
This is not a fight.