How Delhi fires engulfed the “apolitical” morality of Kejriwal?

To sum up, the "apolitical" AK is now caught between the Devil and the Deep Sea! His social base is fast eroding. His political investment is caught up in the law of diminishing returns. He had lost his cultural ground way back. AAP's politics of desertion is now in direct conflict with the politics of assertion. 

A Wednesday

It was a rare sight in Delhi Assembly on Wednesday when Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal read out names of the deceased in recent riots along with their religion alternatively as if he was trying to strike a balance of violence and console both communities one by one.

He was being criticised for not intervening in the days since the violence began. Finally, on Wednesday, he visited some of the stricken areas for the first time and read out a sadist and un-impressive speech in Assembly accusing “outsiders” and “political and anti-social elements” for the riots that rocked Delhi over past three days.

He said, “I want to show who faced losses from the riots. Everyone lost. More than 20 people have died. Veer Bhan died, he was a Hindu. Mohammad Mubarak died, he was a Muslim. Parvesh died, he was a Hindu. Zakir was a Muslim. Rahul Solanki was a Hindu, Mohammad Furqaan a Muslim and Rahul Thakur was a Hindu. Maut toh dono ki ho gayi – Hindu’o ki bhi ho gayi, Musalmano ki bhi ho gayi, aur policewalon ki bhi ho gayi (Hindus, Muslims, and policemen – all have died).”


The starking contrast did not go unnoticed as he opened his speech with the news of Melania Trump (introducing her as the wife of world’s “strongest” man Donald Trump) visiting Happiness classes in Delhi government-run schools and then he moved on to riots posing a final question to the house: “Which type of Delhi you want?” The house, filled with a majority of AAP MLA’s clapped in response.

Outside, the scene was entirely different. Kejriwal visited AAP stronghold Burari the same evening to pay homage to deceased Delhi Police official Ratan Lal. He was hounded by the locals and forced to leave the area amidst slogans like, “Kejriwal Go Back”, “Kejriwal Pakistan Jaao”! People who voted for AAP just three weeks back for a “happy” Delhi had now vehemently opposing and rejecting AAP’s politics and Kejriwal’s stance on the riots that took place amidst anti-CAA protests in North-East Delhi.

The question Kejriwal had posed inside the house was answered specifically on the same streets where he was used to sit-in a few years ago on the question of governance.

Early morning before he went to Assembly, a crowd gathered outside his residence on Civil Lines to protest his inaction. The call was given by students of Jamia and JNU who were active in anti-CAA protests across the capital city. This was the first instance in the last six years and three terms of AAP when protestors were tackled with water canons and dispersed. It was never expected of Arvind Kejriwal, at least!

His politics had come full circle! The rabble-rouser of Delhi had become a politician in the true sense but Alas! He has lost his clothes!

Press Conference and over

On Thursday evening when Kejriwal addressed media in a press conference for the first time since riots, he was categorical in saying that nobody involved in riots should be spared, be it from AAP. He was referring to Tahir Hussain on a question from media persons, an AAP leader accused of rioting and trending on twitter at the same time. Saying this he did not miss the usual rant, “Police humare paas nahin hai”. for which he used to criticise Sheila Dixit when Congress was in power.

This was the single excuse that has bailed out each and every member of the Aam Admi Party, be it a minister or an MLA, when approached by the toiling people during riots. Aatishi Marlena, Gopal Rai, Somnath Bharti, and others have been accused of not responding to phone calls during riots on Monday night.

It was on Tuesday evening that I called up Gopal Rai twice but he did not pick up the phone, neither called back. One lawyer who was active in anti-CAA protests called up MLA Aatishi Marlena on Monday night. She says, “she picked up the phone and said- this is a law and order problem aur Delhi police humare under mein nahin hai.”

The same sundry logic for which Kejriwal was hounded on the streets Wednesday evening was hailed as a “political tactics” by his supporters a month back when he had refused to join Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protests and placed the onus on Union Home Minister Amit Shah to clear the roadblock. At that time too, Kejriwal could not sense the irony of his statement that could be read out of the text as follows: I would have cleared the roadblock if Delhi Police reported to me!

The missed call

If a riot is purely a question of law and order and if law and order rest on the police, then it should be asked from the Leader why he used to chant a filmy song in his rallies that read out as: “Insaan ka insaan se ho bhaichaara, yahi paigaam humaara!” Still on AK’s twitter account, we can find the same cultural message as the intro.

It is not long ago when Arvind Kejriwal sat on a dharna with his party men defying Section 144 in front of Rail Bhawan in Lutyen’s Delhi complaining non-cooperation by Delhi Police to his MLA Somnath Bharti in Khirki Extension raid case. It was amply clear that Delhi Police was facilitating rioters earlier this week and not acting against them, as stated in dozens of testimonies plus a letter by Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral, who has exposed the failure of the Delhi police to assist riot victims.

Gujral has written a letter to Delhi Commissioner of Police with his personal experience on trying to get assistance for those being targeted.

Source- gourilankesh news