AAP has learnt little, remembers even less

Charges of a high-handed coterie surrounding Arvind Kejriwal like fledgling moths to a burning flame persist, and haven’t been properly rebutted.

Written by Mallica Joshi | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2017 7:38 am
arvind kejriwal, aam aadmi party, aap, kapil mishra, aap corruption, kejriwal news, kejriwal corruption, india news, indian express news AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal was accused by Kapil Mishra of accepting Rs 2 crore as a bribe from health and transport minister Satyendar Jain. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

For a party that came to power on the plank of rooting out corruption, accusations against the supremo on the exact same plank have got to hurt, especially when the charges come from a former minister in your cabinet. But the Aam Aadmi Party has been uncharacteristically quiet about the allegations, spare a couple of press conferences, calling former water minister and Karawal Nagar MLA Kapil Mishra a BJP agent and reminding journalists that the party’s accounts have been twice audited by central agencies and cleared both times.

Party supremo, Arvind Kejriwal, whom Mishra accused of accepting Rs 2 crore as a bribe from health and transport minister Satyendar Jain, hasn’t said a word. There have been no salvos fired at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nor have there been any exposés on Mishra yet. The latest decision not to attack Modi seems to be holding. Only a tweet, attacking Mishra was posted from an account said to belong to Kejriwal’s wife — interestingly, the account is followed by both Kejriwal and senior AAP leaders.

Although clear lines have been drawn within the party, between the two factions led by Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas, MLAs remain undecided about whom to back. Kapil Mishra’s cheques, which have turned out to be the same ones shown by Bijwasan MLA Devinder Sehrawat in a press conference in September 2016, has assured the party that Mishra may not have anything new to hurt it with.

But AAP’s troubles are far from over. The string of losses — in Punjab, followed by the municipal polls in Delhi — means that party unity has become a mirage. Having come to power on the back of an apology to the electorate that it would respect and treasure its mandate the second time, AAP seems to have learnt little from its mistakes and remembers even less.

Certainly, much of the trouble is of its own making. AAP’s narrative that the Delhi government has been hamstrung by the Centre has not been accepted by the people. Work in the secretariat has come to a standstill. The bureaucracy isn’t keen on getting involved in another face-off between the Centre and AAP.

Charges of a high-handed coterie surrounding Arvind Kejriwal like fledgling moths to a burning flame persist, and haven’t been properly rebutted. Whatever else the BJP may or may not be accused of doing, fact is that AAP’s waters were roiling. The BJP only took advantage of that. AAP was supposed to embody the idea of the alternative. But it hasn’t lived up to the idea. In the people’s mind, one more Opposition party has bitten the dust.

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    Kachru
    May 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm
    Kejriwal has shown the courage to jump into the dirty system to cleanse it from within. Such kind of episodes are but natural. He has no strings attached like dynasty or right or left. He is the only one who has followed the principle of not giving tickets to two family members. No husband/wife or father/son or sister/brother ...
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      Simmi
      May 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm
      Now when Kapil Mishra's fraud has been exposed by the donor of 2 Cr..No media house is ready to clear the air but ready to defame AAP on lies of opponents.... So called 4th pillar of democracy is the main culprit for the sad state of affairs of the country along with failed center govt...
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        George Cruz
        May 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm
        The truth is that the AAP party is a creation of the foreign organizations to defame Modi, demonize the patriotic organizations like the RSS/Hindutva, etc, its leader Kejriwal fooled the people of Delhi with manifesto of false promises of free housing. free electricity, free/low priced canteens, etc just to get elected which could never be fulfilled, and today the APP is a miserably failed party. The AAP leader Kejriwal doesn't possess any leadership qualities, is not a team player, surrounded by many corrupt/criminal AAP MLAs, and himself is a major failure.
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          Simmi
          May 18, 2017 at 9:23 pm
          Is Modi's CBI,ACB,IT,ED & Delhi Police so incompetent that they couldn't not find a single evidence of Arvind Kejriwal so far.....All your lies have no base...
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          Gurvinder
          May 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm
          Kejriwal is the only hope of Millions of upright apolitical Indians. Not smitten by ideologies and hate or love for any ism, these citizens want only a just governance devoid of personal agendas.
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            Rajat
            May 18, 2017 at 9:05 pm
            Haha in your dreams. Real face of Kejru has been exposed by Kapil Mishra. Kejri chor is the biggest thief of all, worst than lalu or sharad pawar
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              Simmi
              May 18, 2017 at 9:22 pm
              Instead Kapil Mishra has been fully exposed by the donor of 2 cr donations....Is Modi's CBI,ACB,IT,ED & Delhi Police so incompetent that they couldn't not find a single evidence of Arvind Kejriwal so far....??
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            dashrath
            May 18, 2017 at 7:37 pm
            All media people and all the politicians need to accept the fact that Indian politics has taken a good dimension and direction only because of emergence of AK phenomenon !!! BJP and CONG know it but cannot accept openly in the public. Indian television media lack the religion of media------it is very biased and substandard, with hidden agenda getting exposed to the public who understand the matter between the lines.
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              Sachin
              May 18, 2017 at 5:02 pm
              Another extremely biased article that avoids going into central government full scale war against a tiny state government. Sure AAP had problems but it is booting compared to that of BJP and Congress. It's just that the press is paid to repeatedly talk negatively about AAP while testing other parties with kid gloves. Quiet naturally, many ppl will get effected by this propa a...
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                deelip prabhudesai
                May 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm
                propa a? Why did AAP lose so badly in MCD elections? AAPtards are unable to come to terms with reality. No surprise the party continues to sink
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                Brahm Gaur
                May 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm
                I am still interested if Indian Express tells us about Bansal's death. If is very strange that he died the very next day to Kapil Mishra level aligations against Kerjriwal.
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                  deelip prabhudesai
                  May 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm
                  AAPtards are murderers
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                  Brahm Gaur
                  May 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm
                  Yes author is indeed correct in saying that AAP has learned very little. I had a very strong opinion against AAP. Simply because it ran from the responsibility after 49 days. If somebody leaves the job after 2 months then the employer will never hire him back. Here in Delhi people elected AAP with more than twice the seats from first time. I would say it was their fault. They wanted free water and electricity. There is no free lunch in this world. Government puts money in your front pocket and takes it out from your hip pocket. You should never elect a government because it is offering something for free.
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                    Suresh
                    May 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm
                    Didi is weakening kejri aap to zero level &didi is fine partly in wb kejri aap is rejected in elections vvvvv nicely everywhere because kejri aap sunita mada sandeep Kumar is sel for girls & made black money to white sorry to say deeply corrupted From Suresh panipat haryana
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                      Rakesh Katyal
                      May 18, 2017 at 12:51 pm
                      They are busy helping others with EVM tampering. Bhardwaj was in West Bengal to help mamta, that is how she could make inroads in the hills. Yesterday she had meeting with AK to thank him.
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                        Simmi
                        May 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm
                        Useless comments...Modi's fake UP,UK,DELHI MCD win & CONG Punjab win has been exposed.. BJP Got 0 in WB Muni l Poles, no resignation for Modi, Amit Shah or any other BJP stooge. This is how Media works.
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                        dashrath
                        May 18, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                        All things said and done by his sacked fellow looks childish and mindless ! AK is the benchmark for all CMs in India. And the fact is that every CM in India had learnt from him !!!!And that is the AK impact on Indian politics! !!!!!!
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                          Proud Indian
                          May 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm
                          If you question your conscience it will answer you, about who is the most non corrupt party. Even though you are non corrupt, it's not so easy All these journalists appear to be sold out. Those people who say that bjp, or Congress is non corrupt are either blind or hypocrites Aap is the only party that came to power by people's support . It's not funded by business houses, but by people It's the only party that made the donors list public. Bjp itself is a thief not disclosing their funds and are trying probe the aap. I am not saying aap has done everything right. But it's the only option open now and it's far better option than bjp.
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                            Kumar
                            May 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                            Today except a few rabid supporters of AAP, all those who voted for AAP has moved to other 2 parties (BJP and Congress). The personal stock of Kejri is very low and he is probably only 2nd to RG in public ridicule. He is today seen as power hungry, dishonest, crafty person. Unlike BJP which is a cadre based party or Congress who still have a large silent vote bank, AAP has neither a vote bank nor an ideology. The freebies that got him vote in 2015 will not work in future. And instead of accusing Mishra of being hand in glove with BJP, they should answer the questions raised by him. Is it not a fact that AAP declared 3 different donation amounts to EC, IT and for public! Moreover they tried to give a platform to former khalistan radicals for which people of Punjab punished them.
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                              Kumar
                              May 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm
                              Last point. Is it not a fact that his bro in law Bansal has cheated PWD by taking benefit of the fact that he is Kejri's relative. who know there was no quid pro quo?
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                                Amar Dev
                                May 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm
                                bansal got contract when there was president's rule in Delhi.
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                                  Kumar
                                  May 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm
                                  Amar Dev Bhai, agreed Bansal got contract when it was President's rule. But the case is related to fraud bills which he submitted and paid for when it was AAP govt. If it was President rule again, he probably would not have dared to submitted fraud bills. So there is a connection. Kejri's bro in law submitting fraud bills, Jain is the concerned minister, Mishra claims he saw Jain paying Rs.2 Cr to Kejri! Are we so stupid to ignore these connections!!!
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                                Proud Indian
                                May 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm
                                Media hype, Which media supported him, you tell
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                                  venkat
                                  May 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm
                                  AAP wont learn and remember the things. That 's for sure. That is the AT UDE of AAP and its Leaders.
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                                    Simmi
                                    May 18, 2017 at 9:28 pm
                                    AAP won't let corrupt parties like BJP/CONG to carry on their loot....AAP is here to change current practices of both national parties and their corporate master..So AAP's style of governance would not suite corrupt people...
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                                    K.Suresh
                                    May 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm
                                    >> "Charges of a high-handed coterie surrounding Arvind Kejriwal like fledg moths to a burning flame persist". If so, what is the problem ? The ultimate fate of such moths is known. But, knowing the likes of Ashutosh and Ashish, it is more likely burning flames surrounding a fledg moth.
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                                      Chand
                                      May 18, 2017 at 11:38 am
                                      The good times seems to have ended for Arvind Kejriwal and his motley bunch of political hopefuls. The media hype helped Kejriwal to ume the image of a national leader and giant killer but he has turned out to be more of an ambitious political leader who captured power by hijacking Anna Hazare's movement against corruption.
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                                        Suresh
                                        May 18, 2017 at 11:27 am
                                        Didi makes fool to kejri what kejri does not know actually kejri aap is rejected everywhere in elections because kejri aap sunita sandeep is deeply corrupted from suresh panipat
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                                          JKG
                                          May 18, 2017 at 10:19 am
                                          AK may re-start his political career.
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                                            P.C.Kulkarni
                                            May 18, 2017 at 9:40 am
                                            This writer like a few others is eagar to write obituary of AAP. From her name I guess she is a BJP sympathiser.I want to ask her a question when is her hero going to drag Kejriwal to Tihar jail? Already 4 days are over since the deadline
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                                              Arun Kumar
                                              May 18, 2017 at 9:56 am
                                              so any one shows your the mirror has to be a BJP agent, and vice versa. In this country every body who has an opinion different from you is an agent? Sic minds !
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                                                P.C.Kulkarni
                                                May 18, 2017 at 10:36 am
                                                No doubt blind bhakts like you have very healthy mind. Keep it up. By the way you seem to be very close to the writer
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                                                  Tension
                                                  May 18, 2017 at 10:47 am
                                                  PC Kulkarni does not understand English. The reader has mentioned 'vice Versa'. That means he criticizes others also.But this Emmaf is only with the intention of attacking people cal everyone Bhakth.
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                                                  AA
                                                  May 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                                                  You are going by the name and declaring her BJP sympathizer? That makes sense of your comment how awfully judgmental you are! What does your name tell us by the way?
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                                                  Rajat
                                                  May 18, 2017 at 9:35 am
                                                  Hahaha, AAPtards here defending the pest that is khujliwal. The best way to laugh is to read AAPtards logic while defending the pest khujliwal. All AAPtard's IQ approaches zero. I don't how they tell others that they support AAP. I am embarrassed to even admit that I too once supported khujli and sent him a cheque of 10,000. Now I regret I could have brought Black Label and get sloshed. Tht would have been much better investment.
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                                                    P.C.Kulkarni
                                                    May 18, 2017 at 10:39 am
                                                    God has given all the IQ to blind bhakts. He wanted to compensate them for their blindness
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                                                      Tension
                                                      May 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
                                                      Some readers may be from congress also opposing AAP. But everyone is a Bhakt for you. Fake name Emmaf!
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                                                        sangeeta
                                                        May 18, 2017 at 11:34 am
                                                        you are the only open-eye bhakt
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                                                        Jay
                                                        May 18, 2017 at 10:55 am
                                                        Better to be bhakt than a like you
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                                                          Jay
                                                          May 18, 2017 at 10:56 am
                                                          c iya
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                                                            Rajat
                                                            May 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm
                                                            अबे रं-डी की औलाद. चू-तिया तो तू है माद-र-चो-द. जा केजरी की गां-ड चाट जा कर
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                                                              P.C.Kulkarni
                                                              May 18, 2017 at 3:04 pm
                                                              Rajat shows the culture of bhakts. People like him will eventually ruin this country
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                                                                Rajat
                                                                May 18, 2017 at 9:10 pm
                                                                PCKulkarni: I am not a bhakt. It is my frustration against this thief. I donated 10000 for this chor. I never made any donation to any other political party ever. I even volunteered for 2014 elections in Punjab. But then my mirage was broken. kejri and his lackeys like sisodia, sanjay singh are biggest thieves. They expelled all honest people like Chhotepur and hi in Punjab, because they didn't listen to his diktats. A drunkard and drug addict is made AAP chief in Punjab. You still think I have a reason to believe in this man. All parties are corrupt, but at least they don't pretend to be honest. This thief kejri pretends like he is harishchandra but is the biggest liar I have ever seen. He is a cancer and should be cut-off with a surgery.
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                                                              AK
                                                              May 18, 2017 at 9:29 am
                                                              AAP need not to worry. Public memory is short. In few days new controversy will be generated by AAP blaming Center and Public will forget everything​. No surprise if in coming days Congress and AAP become Friends. Water, Power , Dengue are good issues for raising controversy and blaming Modi for the all Delhi ills. After all 2 years AAP has passed successfully without doing anything​. One thing must be remembered Kejriwal is holier than God. God can be dishonest, but Kejriwal can't be
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