Delhi 2020 elections: 5 things Arvind Kejriwal did and promised not to do | India News
Arvind Kejriwal, a former RTI activist, has made several U-laps over the years, since the days he was part of the Anna team that launched the Indian anti-corruption movement (IAC) in 2011.
His last U-turn took place earlier this week in the middle of a campaign for the Delhi assembly elections on February 8.
These are the five promises that Arvind Kejriwal had made saying he would never keep them, but he finally broke them.
1. Contested election
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare led the IAC movement in April 2011 to pressure the then Manmohan Singh government for the implementation of a Jan Lokpal bill.
The Anna team was made up of prominent personalities such as Arvind Kejriwal, former IPS official Kiran Bedi, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, former Union minister Shanti Bhushan, former Supreme Court judge Santosh Hegde, former journalist Manish Sisodia, the poet Kumar Vishwas and the activists Gopal Rai and Sanjay Singh.
The first major IAC movement was the 13-day hunger strike by Anna Hazare from August 16 to 28, 2011 at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. Several protests were launched later.
Until the last great protest of Team Anna in Jantar Mantar in the national capital, when they went on a 10-day hunger strike that ended on August 3, 2012, Arvind Kejriwal had argued that they would not form a political party.
Kejriwal had also promised not to contest elections or hold any office.
He said: “I will never fight elections in my life. And I don’t want to have any job in my life. I have no political ambitions. ”
However, on August 3, 2012, he announced that he will form a political party. The problem created a crack with the Anna team. Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Santosh Hegde and others separated from Arvind Kejriwal, who continued to form AAP in November 2012.
He first disputed the elections of the Delhi assembly in December 2013 and became prime minister. He disputed the 2014 elections of Lok Sabha against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi and lost. He disputed the elections of the Delhi assembly in February 2015 and took an oath as CM for the second consecutive term.
Arvind Kejriwal is now contesting the election of the assembly for the third time and aims to retain the position of his CM.
2. Exit AAP
Although Anna Hazare was against the formation of a political party, she had initially agreed to support the AAP led by Arvind Kejriwal. Anna dissolved the Anna team in September 2012 after divisions emerged within the group.
During that period, Arvind Kejriwal said he would follow in the footsteps of Anna Hazare in the matter of leaving AAP.
He said: “The day Anna breaks ties with our political party, I will also do the same.”
However, Anna Hazare not only severed her ties with AAP but also asked Arvind Kejriwal not to use her name or photograph as part of the campaign for the Delhi assembly elections in 2013.
3. Alliance with Congress
Prior to the Delhi elections in 2013, Arvind Kejriwal had promised not to ally with either Congress or BJP in case of a suspended assembly. He had reached the point of cursing his children.
He said: “Apne principal bachchon ki kasam khata hoon (I swear on my children). We will not support either the BJP or the Congress because people will vote against them. BJP and Congress can form the government together because, as they are, the two are together behind the scenes. ”
Arvind Kejriwal also said: “I am not hungry for power. We will not form a coalition government because we cannot end corruption by allying with the BJP or Congress. We will sit in opposition instead of forming a coalition government. This is clear “.
However, the 2013 elections threw a suspended assembly. While AAP won 28 of the total of 70 seats, Congress won eight and BJP 31.
AAP and Congress joined together to form the government with Arvind Kejriwal as CM. However, until the 2013 assembly elections, the main objective of IAC and the Anna team was Congress. They had filed serious corruption charges against the UPA government led by Congress in the Center and the government of Sheila Dikshit in Delhi.
4. Cars and bungalows
In the period prior to the 2013 Delhi assembly elections, Arvind Kejriwal had claimed that AAP was against the VIP culture and that if it became a CM, it would live in humble accommodation but would not take advantage of the official car.
He took an oath as CM on December 28, 2013 and, in two days, requested not one but two official bungalows with five adjacent rooms.
For a few days, Kejriwal and his ministers used public transportation such as Metro, auto-rickshaw or even personal cars to travel to the office.
However, just one day after winning the vote of confidence on January 2, 2014, the government ministers of the AAP were assigned official records. The ministers went to the office on January 3 by public transport but returned in official SUVs.
5. Religion and politics.
Although the AAP has often stated that it was struggling to end corruption and caste and communal politics, it has given itself to religion-based politics.
One day before the election of the Delhi assembly in 2015, on February 7, Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari called on Muslims to vote for the AAP.
However, Arvind Kejriwal rejected the offer. In an official tweet, his party said: “AAP condemns and rejects Shahi Imam’s support. AAP is against any kind of caste and community policy. ”
AAP condemns and rejects Shahi Imam’s support. AAP is against any kind of caste and communal politics. 1/2
– AAP (@AamAadmiParty) 1423220203000
But later, the AAP government itself launched the pilgrimage scheme for women and the elderly. Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and other leaders have often been seen attending iftars in a skull cap, a sign of religious identity policy.
Earlier this week, when asked if he was anti-Hindu, Kejriwal said he was a devotee of Lord Hanuman. He sang Hanuman Chalisa and asked BJP leaders to do the same, saying: “It gives immense tranquility.”
Today (February 7), one day before voting day, he even visited the Hanuman Temple in New Delhi and offered prayers along with his wife and daughter.