En-route, the nondescript, discoloured and stained wall caught attention. Now, Mr. Kejriwal on Delhi walls was no more an eye-catcher, yet this one made me stop by it, read it, and click it on my cellphone camera.
It was 49 Vs 49.
Now, 49 is a number of mixed emotions for Mr. Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party.
While they believe and intends us to believe in the sanctity of it being a momentous figure and a telling example of the politics of principles of AAP that pushed him to resign from the Delhi Chief Minister’s office just after 49 days of forming the government (with Congress support) on the pretext of ‘being not allowed to pass the Lokpal Bill of his government’. He blamed the BJP and the Congress party of betraying the people of Delhi.
But, electorally, it proved counterproductive, and humbled him (or forced him) to accept it was a wrong move. He even apologized (or had to) for it.
Though AAP had increased vote share in Delhi, it could not win any Lok Sabha seat here and across the country, almost of its candidates lost their deposits. It was an epic fall after the unprecedented high of December 2013 when AAP had registered a stunning debut in Indian politics.
And, the apology was more to appease the electorate of Delhi in the aftermath of the Lok Sabha polls rout and in the context of the possible Delhi Assembly elections ahead than being an honest and sensible introspection.
This poster and the Kejriwal style of politics so far, on reforming his party and on refocusing on Delhi, tell us nothing has changed.
This 49 Vs 49 poster asks readers/viewers/people (or the Delhi voters) to give views on 49 days of AAP government in Delhi vis-à-vis the 49 days of Narendra Modi led BJP government at the Centre – from May 26 to July 13 – (and thus in Delhi, under the President/Lieutenant Governor rule).
This poster tells Kejriwal still follows the politics through his imaginative surveys.
This poster tells Kejriwal still believes in overshooting his lines (with incidents like criticizing the Union Government on its Gaza stand).
This poster tells Kejriwal still believes in his chances in Delhi based on the work of his government of 49 days.
And this poster tells Kejriwal believes the 49 days of Narendra Modi government at the Centre would help him with talking points to mobilize opinions.
Kejriwal is questioning us once again. He is purveying his one more imaginative-style survey to know what we feel on the present political situation.
Nothing wrong in that but his shabby treatment to conduct surveys and his equally questionable use of the results of such surveys (or opinion-seeking) so far has convinced us to treat these efforts as motivated, misplaced and imaginative.
And this poster is on the similar lines given by what it seeks to be answered (and in what way).
Kejriwal’s 49 days Vs Modi’s 49 day! Kejriwal is questioning us once again.
Should we swallow the wallow this time?
Yes, but if Kejriwal is smelling a chance to form the Delhi government again (if elections are held today), he has reasons to think so. He had increased vote share in Delhi in the Lok Sabha polls. And he can play it well with the steep price rise and local problems of Delhi like acute power crisis and deepening water crisis post-Modi government days.
The only thing is, he needs to take a sensible approach focusing on party reform, field work, sensible conversation and people connect – doing away with profligate ways like imaginative surveys and out-of-context verbal exercises.
But, so far – Mr. Kejriwal has failed us on these much needed changes.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/