What is wrong with Aam Aadmi Party

Common Man’s Party is hijacked!

  Aam Aadmi or Common Man is not a new word in politics in India. Another synonym of common man is Janta which is the prefix or suffix of name of every second political party. But it was the branding of word ‘common man’ that attracted voters and its Govt swung into power in Delhi. But within a year the very word ‘Kejri’ has become a dirty word on the street, as I had summarised earlier in Kejri Effect. But that was about the outrageously false promises made by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP hereafter). It actually bribed the voters by promising a number of freebies to vote for it while its main plank was to make politics in India corruption free.

Failure of the century:

AAP is second biggest failure of this century but it can still redeem itself. It has four more years to remain in power in Delhi. If it works for the benefit of people it may redeem but if it will work for the ambition to come into power all over India, it won’t be able to do either.

AAP is second failure of century because the first was UPA-2 Govt i.e previous government of India which was voted to power in 2009. Remember how election result boosted the stock markets by several hundred points in a few minutes and circuit breakers closed the trade twice at every rise of 5%. It happened twice in same day. Serious reforms were promised by UPA-2. But that Congress led Government did not deliver and was severely punished in 2014.

Inner Party Democracy:

AAP had promised transparency and inner party democracy. Continue reading

Arvind Kejriwal: A bluffmaster, Machiavillian politician or an ambitious man; who is he?

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal if a bamboozler.

Arvind Kejriwal as Chief Minister of Am Aadmi Party Government:

Aam Aadmi Party’s 49 days stint was smallest as any Government in Delhi. With Arvind Kejriwal as Chief Minister, this was most hyped Government. He had made every promise which could be made by an aspirant of office. Once he came into power he gave few superfluous freebies to poor people, arbitrarily helped his campaigners and jettisoned the governance on an invented and baseless reason.

It would not be long before majority of people will form an opinion about Arvind and AAP. But here are some events which elucidate the facts for decision making:

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New Delhi Election 2013 fiasco and inner party democracy

The Finale of Fiasco

The election results in New Delhi have decidedly rejected ruling party but returned a hung assembly with no party in clear majority and insufficient ‘independent’ members of legislature for ‘horse trading‘.
But what are winners doing: rhetoric!
Both winning parties AAP and BJP finds each other untouchable.
But before announcing that they will not support each other, as suggested by many, have they consulted the elected members of their party?
Nor will they. It is democracy. Or should I say Westminster Form of democracy. Elector and elected do not matter. Party matters.
But does party takes vote on the question?
Again it is democracy of Westminster Model. The Party Presidents decide. In the same way as General Secretary of Communist party of China?
We can watch and do what?
I don’t know?
Me the voter, is the really helpless entity. Having elected you both was the mistake.
Come back and gamble again. I will show you the first preference but do not try patience too long.
What I still remain undecided and return hung verdict, again?
Think about that before gambling on billions more. Do not come for donation again. You are on your own, for now.


Aam Aadmi Party or common man’s Party or Party of Elite People for Common Man

English: People taking part in protests in sup...

English: People taking part in protests in support of Jan Lokpal bill in India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Depth of corruption in India

Corruption is to India what vegetation is to Forest. The real economy of the country runs on cash. Most businesses have two set of accounts. One for tax purposes and another for actual accounting use. Any person who has bought or sold a house/apartment/land, has indulged in this parallel mess and realized the duplicity of system. Gross tax evasion is a norm in all industries. Higher the rate of taxation, greater is tax evasion. Govt. Officials are making a killing in this process. The State largesses of material resources are distributed without any transparency. This description establishes that in India no person can claim to be free from corruption. The difference exists only in the motive for corruption. Whether it is to accumulate more wealth or to preserve it or to survive everyday life?
Moral fibre has become so thin that nobody can trust nobody. We hire domestic help and send him/her to buy few things, It is well neigh impossible that help will come back with correct prices or will not over-charge. But they are poor people and are trying to survive.

Anna Hazare is practically wrong on corruption even though right in principle.

What Activist, Anna is asking that an office of Ombudsman or Lokpal be established which should be free from Government. This ombudsman should also be invested with power to enquire into allegation of corruption by Ministers, Judges and Civil Servants.
The questions which beg for answers are: Is it possible for any single institution to set others right?  What is our past experience?

India is the only country in the world where Judiciary is not only independent but has insulated itself from the rest. Over a decade earlier, it declared that in process of appointment and discipline, Government’s role is only consultative. The final word rest with Judiciary. Thus the office of Chief Justice of India became most powerful office in India. What happened thereafter is noteworthy. Now judiciary is frequently questioned for its sins, not only by others but also from within. Serious allegations of corruption, blatant nepotism in appointments besides lack of transparency, anarchic behavior or shear apt high-handedness. Last five Chief Justices have been mired in allegations of corruption.
The conclusion is that empowering any institution without all round transparency does not yield results.

Ombudsman will help but is not the ultimate solution.

Now that Anna Hazare has taken a back seat in view of shameless stony non-resposiveness of the Government to enact law to create Ombudsman/Lokpal, his ex follower has declared intentions to form a political party to fight corruption. Now to prepare for that purpose what has he been doing? He was finding and revealing dirt of malpractice, impropriety, misappropriation or abuse of power by members of all the parties, business houses and what not. Now in the face of the fact that everyone is corrupt and every rich person is more corrupt than lesser rich, will it serve any purpose? There is no certain answer. But certainly this is not enough.

Aam Aadmi Party

An associate of Anna i.e. Anil Kejriwal aannounced that instead of demanding Lokpal from Government, he will ascend to power to make the changes. A point at which Anna distanced himself from the movement. If Anil Kejriwal has to be politically correct, he has to be travel beyond digging cosmetic dirt and enlist the systemic failures and its causes which promote the corrupt practices and come forward with a blue print to eradicate the problem. He shall have to involve people with no known riches. Above all he has to have a transparent list of members of his party and these members must elect him before he starts lamenting on microphones again. Formation of Aam Aadmi Party or Common Man’s Party, in such colorful label, is not going to eradicate corruption.

Unfortunately there is no mechanism or regulator in India which may be empowered to ensure inner party democracy. All parties are like proprietorship business entities. The command of supreme leader is the law within party. This autocratic set up is the single most corrupt thing as this is the center of corruption. Unless the political parties are democratic, these can not be called as honest. Hence are corrupt and will remain corrupt. Corruption involves money at a rather lower level. At the top it is only about control of material resources which is reservoir of power and corruption.

So far there is no indication of change in sight. Would things actually travel beyond rhetoric? We can only wait and see.

© Sandeep Bhalla

P.S. BTW if anyone finds a link to the list of members of Aam Aadmi Party, please paste it in the comments.