October 9, 2012 9:18:15 pm
“The more the merrier. There are approximately 1139 unrecognised registered political parties and if 1140th joins,he is welcome,” was what Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said,almost with a smirk,when anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal announced his decision to join politics.
But just a few weeks down the line,Kejriwal has managed to throw the Congress into a tizzy. His attack on Robert Vadra,Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law has virtually pointed the finger of corruption at the Nehru-Gandhi family.
As Kejriwal persisted with his onslaught against Vadra–charging that his meteoric rise as a realty businessman and raking a Rs 500 crore bonanza from a Rs 50 lakh investment was through unfair dealings– the Congress has been forced to react,respond and counter and almost play into his hands. Kejriwal’s political gambit has enabled him to hog the media limelight,most essential for a budding politician.
But will Kejriwal,the man in a hurry be able to make the transition successfully or will he fade into oblivion in a few years time? Fighting corruption is one thing,while contesting elections is another. The former CEC TN Sheshan realised it was a tall task,even though he was the darling of dining room discussions. Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,for that matter,found electoral politics is not his cup of tea despite the immensely “clean image” that he carried with him.
As a creation of 24×7 TV media,Kejriwal may be able to carry his political campaign for some time through “sensational revelations”. But at the end of the day,he will have to show what he can do for the people,and more importantly,for those in his constituency when he chooses one. It will be his overall political ideology that will eventually show whether he will be able to join the same political class that he is aggressively targetting now.