The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP may surprise critics if it lasts for six months or more and delivers on most, if not all, the promises it has made to the people of Delhi
Sudip Bhattacharyya | January 1, 2014
All this hullabaloo is meaningless. There is no alliance, as alleged by BJP, since Congress is not part of the government. It is providing only outside support and that is only out of its own volition. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) never asked for it. It is really a minority government.
Whatever the former Delhi CM says, as written by Congress to lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, it is unconditional support. It is more so because no condition was attached.
Again, it is not undemocratic simply because BJP, the party with the maximum seats, has not been able to form a government. In loktantra, the people are supreme and in a situation of hung assembly and to avoid a reelection, it is the people who ultimately gave their approval.
On the question of the likely duration of the proposed government, it may surprise the critics if it lasts for six months or more, meanwhile performing reasonably well for the following reasons:
1. They have identified in consultation with the constituency 18 problems to solve. All may not be doable, but at least the three measures they are talking about for immediate implementation— including no lal battis (red beacons) and armed security, free water supply and tariff reduction in electricity bills post audit— are doable within four months or so. In addition, three other measures like devolution of power to mohalla sabhas, regularisation of unauthorised colonies and bringing police, municipal corporations and DDA under the state government may require constitutional amendment or support from the union government. But that should not be difficult to arrange.
2. Now that we are seeing many AAP MLAs surfacing and communicating their views so clearly and effectively, it appears that they may prove to be an effective team for good governance and for carrying the concerned bureaucracy along. In fact, AAP is likely to continue to be in power for a considerable time period because it would be very difficult for both the Congress and the BJP to dislodge them without proper justification. Any such action would very much ruin their prospects. Moreover, since individually neither can outnumber the government, the chances of them coming to power seem bleak as the two can't possibly unite under any circumstances.
For Congress therefore, this is the time to finally decide to break the proposed government if at all it wants to do so. Once AAP proves its majority, the Congress party will have no option but to continue.
Finally, note the consequent status of RAGA and NAMO as the former has become a parrot repeating AAP's slogans and the latter has turned into ‘Maun’endra, as far as AAP is concerned.
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