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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