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Kejriwal’s AAP at a turning point

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It wasn’t very shocking when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested in connection with the liquor scam. Manish Sisodia, his deputy, has been imprisoned for more than a year in connection with the same fraud. As are a few other purported AAP ministers’ collaborators, including Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh. Upon disobeying up to nine summonses, starting with the one issued in October of last year, Kejriwal effectively demanded his arrest.
The courts rejected his requests for relief each time he approached them with an excuse. And last Thursday, the Enforcement Directorate arrested him when the courts eventually told him that he could not decide whether the summons was legitimate or not.

He was remanded to ED detention till March 26 by Special Judge Kaveri Baweja one day later. He was described as the “oekingpin and key conspirator of the Delhi excise scam” by the ED in court.
In essence, the accusation is that the AAP administration eliminated the previous liquor excise policy, terminated the government’s involvement in the wholesale and retail distribution of alcohol, and transferred the liquor business to a small number of wholesalers in exchange for hefty commissions. Two Telangana-based spirits distributors known as the South Group are said to have received a substantial profit margin on sales in exchange for splitting it half with the AAP.

According to allegations, the AAP leaders in Goa received Rs 45 crore from the new liquor dealers via hawala routes in exchange for their support in the State’s Assembly election. The ED asserted that the money trail was complete. As no one has ever led a government from prison, the AAP Government may find itself in a bind following his incarceration. As strange as this self-described anti-corruption warrior’s methods may be, he has vowed to rule the country from prison. When it became clear that she would soon be arrested in connection with the disproportionate assets issue, the late AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa made the wise decision to step down as chief minister.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Saran recently tendered his resignation before to his ED detention in a money laundering case. Kejriwal, the “oekattar inamdar,” as he calls every AAP minister, would have to answer a call from the constitutional authority if he refused to step down while he was still in jail. It is undoubtedly against political morals and constitutional principles for someone who is seriously accused of corruption to remain in a position of authority. The Delhi government has been engaging in several acts of commission and omission on a daily basis, culminating in the arrest of the AAP supremo. It has been involved in an ongoing “œtu-tu, main-main” conflict with the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi for almost nine years.

It’s possible that there is a struggle between the two administrations for control, and Kejriwal is resisting admitting that Delhi is not a sovereign state. Furthermore, the lieutenant governor is unlikely to give the AAP chief minister any leeway at the insistence of the central government. There is a lack of cooperation and harmonious coexistence on both sides. Furthermore hurting Kejriwal’s case is his determination to hold the LG accountable for the missteps of his own administration.

It is evident that he has gone a long way from the turbulent times of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption fast more than ten years ago, which gave many people who were disillusioned with the prevalent culture of dishonesty and criminality in politics hope. Regretfully, throughout his tenure as AAP’s leader, Kerjiwal not only dismissed senior colleagues who had assisted him in combating corruption, but he also transformed the party into a one-man operation that can only support those who share his views. In Delhi, there has been considerable talk about changes in the health and education sectors, but the actual situation hasn’t changed all that much. Propaganda supported by the government is the key instrument Kejriwalâ uses for expansion.

In a strange irony, the Congress party, which first complained about the excise scam, feels compelled to support him since it cannot possibly hope to challenge the BJP in the nation’s capital without AAP.
Given that Kejriwal has also proven to be an ordinary politician who imitates other politicians in the quest of unadulterated power, it is questionable if his detention so close to the election would elicit pity. Kejriwal “asked for his arrest,” according to Anna Hazare, who was commenting on his detention. So did a few of his former colleagues, whom he fired without cause, who bemoaned the demise of the anti-corruption activist. The courts will now determine what will happen to him.

Abhishek Verma


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