The Anti-corruption Crusader Anna Hazare voices disappointment towards Kejriwal:
“People failed them for they didn’t walk the talk. People started seeing discord between what they said and what they delivered. Kathni aur karni mein antar pad gaya hai (There is a world of difference between what they preach and what they practise),” Hazare told media persons while reacting to the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) debacle in the MCD polls.
It seems Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is going nowhere but down. Apart from the bitter infighting within the Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal’s own party members are doing sting operations on him while others are accusing him of dictational tendencies and to make matters worse, a renowned astrologer had predicted that AAP will no longer survive and collapse.
“The party will collapse, and there will be a vertical split. There is a possibility of another faction of the party being launched. Arvind Kejriwal will disappear, and there will be a big revolt against him on Delhi’s streets for not fulfilling the promises he made. Kejriwal may even get physically assaulted. It will be like the Battle of Waterloo for him,” said astrologer Sushil Chaturvedi.
The same astrologer had earlier predicted in December 2013 that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would either witness infighting or withdrawal of support by the Congress. In fact he had even predicted the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, the divorce of Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the BJP’s coming to power at the Centre in February 1996, and his clientele include Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Raj Kapoor and Ramakrishna Bajaj, and others from the business and cinema world.
Leading to AAP’s downfall…
AAP government had recommended that the salaries of the MLA’s of the national capital be raised upto 400%. If this would be taken into consideration, the total salary of each legislator a hefty Rs 2.10 lakh per month from the present salary of Rs. 88,000, along with the various allowances given.
400% pay hike for AAP MLAs. Is this an Aam Aadmi hike? pic.twitter.com/ZYEM161UqQ
— Amit Rajwant (@amitrajwant) October 6, 2015
“AAP is showing their true colours. There is a huge gap between their words and actions,” Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay told reporters. “They are not ‘Aam Aadmi’ they are definitely ‘khaas Aadmi’ as they seek everything, from cars, big offices, and even four times the salary. They want everything.”
After a long time of dilemma, Arvind had finally decided to contest in the elections and eventually 27 people had contested. The votes cast to AAP are so low in Gujarat that even NOTA (None of the above) outvote them. Following is the table of a number of votes cast to AAP’s candidates under Kejriwal’s leadership in Gujarat and NOTA in the respective constituency.
Initial days of Aam Aadmi Party:
Aam Aadmi Party was formally launched on 26 November 2012. It came into existence following differences between the activists Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare regarding whether or not to politicise the popular India Against Corruption movement that had been demanding a Jan Lokpal Bill since 2011. Hazare preferred that the movement should remain politically unaligned while Kejriwal felt the failure of the agitation route necessitated a direct political involvement.
The party made its electoral debut in the 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly election, where it emerged as the second-largest party, winning 28 of the 70 seats. With no party obtaining an overall majority, the AAP formed a minority government with conditional support from the Indian National Congress. A significant part of its agenda was to quickly introduce the Jan Lokpal bill in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. When it became clear after the election that the other major parties would not support this bill, the Aam Aadmi government resigned. It had been in power for 49 days.
Oct 2017 Gurdaspur Parliamentary by poll seat:
A lot of Arvind supporters are thinking AAP will win in Punjab next time. But in the recent times, a parliamentary bypoll and Municipal and Nagar Panchayat elections proved this to be wrong.
You can count and estimate the amount of votes AAP has gained. It failed to gain even 10% of votes gained by the second placed contender.
Downfall in municipal elections result of which were announced last week (December 2017)
As you can observe the performance of Arvind in Punjab is as worse in Gujarat. It is clear that they had failed to win over a single ward out of the three biggest cities in Punjab.
It’s time he steps down himself or is ousted to give way to a new leader. AAP is not a private property of Kejriwal, that none can replace him. AAP needs an independent thinking individual like Kumar Vishwas or Manish Sisodia. Kejriwal has no leadership qualities, if he remains at the throne of AAP, the fall of AAP will continue. In fact, AAP is already in miserable condition. It amazes me how some people still see him as a leader worthy of leading AAP to have a strong national presence. Removing him will send out a message that, Yes, AAP has intra-party democracy and it is not a fiefdom of one guy and his family. Now is the time to show that it’s a party with a difference where ideas matter more than individuals.