ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Kejriwal Conundrum

The Delhi chief minister’s apology to political opponents makes sense, up to a point.

A measure of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) uniqueness in India’s political sphere is the way its internal travails often play out in full public view. A party built on an anti-corruption platform, driven by thousands of volunteers from across the socio-economic spectrum, and striving to explore a “third way” beyond the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, AAP was never likely to lose its atmospherics of a movement even if it became a political formation that governs Delhi. Although it has attracted its share of opportunists, AAP still continues to be powered by the enthusiasm of the many who believe in its alternative politics.

That very base of support has now been rattled by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to apologise to political adversaries who he targeted in the past. Kejriwal has apologised to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia for accusing him of being involved in Punjab’s notorious drug trade, Congress leader Kapil Sibal and his son Amit for alleging that there was a conflict of interest when the latter appeared in court for a telecom firm, and union cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari for naming him in a list of corrupt figures.

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Updated On : 29th Mar, 2018
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