Of Kejriwal, Congress and game-changers

Arvind Kejriwal is the man of the moment. Its close to the end of the year and surely, in the annual lists that media houses love to publish, Kejriwal’s place at the very top is all but guaranteed. His recent foray into politics is trademark Kejriwal style – provocation accompanied by an equal amount of showmanship. In making strident allegations against Robert Vadra, DLF and Salman Khurshid and refusing to go to court with the evidence at hand, Kejriwal has done what we have come to expect of him.

The Congress party too has done what we have come to expect of them – the support that Salman Khurshid got is nothing compared to what Vadra enjoyed, with practically the entire union cabinet jumping to his defence. Now there is an Economic Offences Wing enquiry in Uttar Pradesh on Khurshid’s NGO – no such irritants for Vadra so far. In fact, Khurshid himself has exonerated Vadra on faith – after all, faith is what sustains the family.

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Irrespective of what happens next, Kejriwal calling the Congress party’s bluff and entering politics is the probably single most important political event of the year. In fact, Kejriwal has successfully called our collective bluff, including mine. But is he the game-changer we have all been waiting for? I am sure Kejriwal himself is only too aware that it will take much more than being a whistle-blower to become the game-changer that we all are waiting for.

One possible outcome of doing a Kejriwal is that after a phase of confusion and chaos, political formations on all sides of the table will galvanise, just as they did on the Lokpal issue – that would work perfectly for Kejriwal and co, actually. But the real test will come in the upcoming elections – are they prepared for the spade work in the long run? 

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