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Kejriwal chose Perfect Victory over Perfect Party
From the happenings of recent weeks, it will be tempting to deduce that Arvind Kejriwal is a Stalinist who, like all autocrats, hates democracy and dissension and loves yes-men. That's what Prashant Bhushan will want us to believe. But the stormy story of the Aam Aadmi Party's internal crisis is far more complicated than such a black-and-white narrative.
 
The most curious case in the entire episode is that of Prashant Bhushan, who now finds himself virtually out of a party that he and Yogendra Yadav helped Kejriwal to set up amid trying circumstances in 2012.
 
When the Mahabharata for Delhi's assembly was on, Prashant Bhushan's father, Shanti Bhushan, yet another co-founder of AAP, shockingly trashed Kejriwal, the party's best-known face. Shanti Bhushan had declared that his first two choices as Delhi's chief minister would be Kiran Bedi of BJP and Ajay Maken of Congress (in that order) -- while Kejriwal would be his last option.
 
The electorate didn't agree. That, of course, is another story.
 
But when the campaign for the make-or-break Delhi election was on, Prashant Bhushan was conspicuously absent. At one point it wasn't clear to even journalists if he was still in the AAP or not.
 
For an articulate lawyer who was so silent during those crucial days, he became hyper active within days after Kejriwal, virtually rising from the dead, became the chief minister of Delhi. Along with Yadav, Prashant Bhushan suddenly began denouncing what he said was the lack of internal democracy in the AAP. As he came under fire from Kejriwal supporters, he became more and more bitter.
 
Even if we assume that all the allegations hurled by Yadav and Bhushan against Kejriwal are true, it defies logic why they were not ready to give the chief minister even six months of peace. Whether one likes it or not, the fact is no one in Delhi voted for Manish Sisodia or the Bhushans or Yadav. It was Kejriwal who defeated Narendra Modi.
 
The AAP had made electoral history. No institution (AAP included) or individual is perfect. But Kejriwal should have been given a grace period before taking up issues related to the party, that too publicly.
 
Sadly, Prashant Bhushan and Yadav turned out to be the counterparts of those in the BJP who have tripped Modi with their loud talk on 'Love Jihad', 'Ghar Wapsi' programmes as well as verbal and other attacks on minorities.
 
Modi paid a price for this in Delhi. The AAP may or may not pay a similar price in the elections it may contest in the months and years to come.
 
From his revelations at the National Executive in Delhi on Saturday, it is evident that Kejriwal chose to keep quiet all through the elections. But the volcano burst once the battle got over. Kejriwal had only one choice before him: lead a Perfect Party to the liking of Prashant Bhushan and Yadav or aim for a Perfect Victory in Delhi so that the AAP rises from the ashes. He opted for the latter.
 
Kejriwal, however, has not come out of this mess unscathed. Rightly or wrongly, he is being seen as one who cannot tolerate dissent and who won't accept people who think differently. Booting out Bhushan or Yadav is one thing but easing out former Indian Navy chief L. Ramdas, the AAP Lokpal, without even the courtesy of letting him know that he is being replaced is another matter.
 
If the AAP has to do alternate politics, it cannot treat every dissident as a foe. If Kejriwal is ready, as he said at Ramlila Maidan, to consult Kiran Bedi and Ajay Maken for the sake of Delhi, surely he must be more considerate to Ramdas. Courtesy is a two-way traffic.

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COMMENTS

Pradeep Kumar

2 years ago

You have perfectly caught my thinking, thanks for giving form to my mental state
I believe a stink was inevitable, so instead of protecting his personal image, he did best for the party, the stink was inevitable.

rajivahuja

2 years ago

AAP is slowly turning into Congress.

manoharlalsharma

2 years ago

AAM admi party like a newer shop or a newer child admitted in a school and at the day first old boys take on a new boy.so the news channel doing.

vswami

2 years ago

"Kejriwal chose Perfect Victory over Perfect Party"
Or should it be better said that was what he expected (not chose. To believe that, be it 'victory' or 'party'(political at that), could ever be expected to be 'perfect' is tantamount or bound to turn out to be a self deceptive even in a short run, as has really happened. For, after all, 'politics', if not a dirty game, is one in which the twin human weaknesses of pride and prejudice have a predominant and disgusting role to play.

21 formally charged for hand in Burdwan blast
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday formally charged in a special court 21 people, including four Bangladeshi nationals, for their involvement in the Burdwan blast.
 
Militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is suspected to be involved in the blast.
 
The charge sheet was filed before a National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court in Kolkata.
 
"Twentyone accused, including four Bangladeshi nationals, have been charged for offences relating to terrorist act, conspiracy, recruitment, funding and running terrorist training camps, possession of arms and explosives, offences of forgery, offences relating to foreigners act and passport act," an NIA officer told IANS.
 
The blast took place in a house in Khagragarh in Burdwan district on October 2, killing two JMB militants and injuring another.
 
Probing the blast, the NIA has so far arrested 18 people from various parts of the country as well as Dhaka in Bangladesh.
 
The agency has claimed its investigation showed that the JMB had established its network in many districts - particularly in Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum and Burdwan in Bengal, Barpeta in Assam, and Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.
 
As many as 15 people suspected to be involved in the case are missing and on the run.
 
The NIA took over the probe a few days after the explosion.

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No Indian in ICC's 2015 cricket World Cup team
No Indian features in the 2015 International Cricket Council's (ICC) World Cup team, according to a release by the sport's governing body on Monday.
 
India were defeated by eventual champions Australia in the semi-finals of the competition. India remained unbeaten till the tournament's last-four stage, bowling out opponents in seven consecutive matches alongwith some strong performances by a powerful batting order.
 
According to the release, the names of Indian bowlers Umesh Yadav (18 wickets), Mohammad Shami (17 wickets) and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (13 wickets) were discussed as possible selections in the team but ultimately they didn't make it due to superior individual performances by others.
 
Pacer Umesh Yadav finished as the third-highest wicket taker in the tournament with 18 wickets behind Man-of-the-Tournament Australia's Mitchell Starc (22 wickets) and New Zealand's Trent Boult (22 wickets).
 
"There were a number of other players that were discussed as possible selections in the team. These included batsmen Mahmudullah Riyad (Bangladesh) and Shaiman Anwar (the United Arab Emirates), Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami (India), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan) and spinners Imran Tahir (South Africa) and Ravichandran Ashwin (India)," Geoff Allardice, ICC general manager of cricket and chairman of the selection panel, said on Monday.
 
"But there were so many brilliant individual performances during the tournament that it was not possible to fit them into the team. The panel eventually came up with this side, which, in their view, was the most balanced outfit that is capable of beating any side on any given day," Allardice said.
 
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan who scored 412 runs in the tournament with two centuries also couldn't find a place in the team.
 
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive leadership during the tournament that was the cornerstone of his team's progression to the final where it lost to Australia by seven wickets.
 
In addition to McCullum, the side includes four New Zealanders -- all-rounder Corey Anderson, pacer Trent Boult, opener Martin Guptill and spinner Daniel Vettori.
 
Australia has three players in the squad, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, batsman Steven Smith and pacer Starc.
 
Two South Africans, skipper AB de Villiers and seamer Morne Morkel, with Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara as wicketkeeper-batsman have been selected.
 
Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor, who finished with 433 runs in six matches, was named as the 12th man.
 
The team:
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand, captain), Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka, wicketkeeper), Steve Smith (Australia), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Corey Anderson (New Zealand), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Trent Boult (New Zealand), Morne Morkel (South Africa), Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe) (12th man).

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