Why’s Arvind Kejriwal silent about the massive loot of banks by large and small businessmen and politicians?
Arvind Kejriwal is, without doubt, one of the sharpest minds on the political scene today. His guerrilla tactics of destabilising established power centres has won him an impressive victory in Delhi and his anarchist ways and disregard for rules has only increased his following among disenchanted Indians who want change at any cost. His followers are uninterested in facts and details. So, if one asks Mr Kejriwal why target Mukesh Ambani alone and remain silent about others, he could well argue that he will do what he can and it is for others to take up the rest.
He has probably calculated that training his guns on public-private partnerships in bijlee and paani will yield better political dividends than issues that do not affect the aam aadmi directly, or are less catchy. But even taking all these calculations into account, one cannot help wondering why Mr Kejriwal is silent about the biggest source of the loot of public money and the watering hole of all dubious capitalists—the frightening amount of bad loans run up by public sector banks.
In this context, one also wonders about the silence on the Rs7,000-crore largesse, in the guise of corporate debt restructuring, handed to ‘pepper spray’ Rajagopal, the founder of the flying Lanco group, who has run up huge losses and gets bank funding with ease. There is similar silence about Vijay Mallya of Kingfisher Airways, who also owed Rs7,000 crore to Indian banks. One could list many more who are not in AAP’s crosshairs. But one can’t help wondering why they are not.