Everything turned opposite. Till these days, Arvind Kejriwal was protesting against government and system but today he faced a protest on his lawn by BJP lawmakers who demanded his controversial Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s resignation. On the other hand, barely hours after sitting on hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, expelled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Vinod Kumar Binny called off the protest on giving ‘more time’ to Kejriwal government in Delhi to fulfill the promises.
One of the most serious tasks to an agitation party is to induce discipline in the party. There is no doubt, AAP emerged in very short span of time with outstanding outcome and Kejriwal has managed to establish his benchmark. However, we should not neglect the base of the party, through which it has been emerged from i.e. through a mass movement. There is no entry test for a person to become a member. Moreover, no political party has any such mechanism but still being the largest and oldest parties they have their own established credit. As the nation watches, the growth of this ‘experiment’, its leader will have to show great resolve and single-minded pursuit for their avowed objectives. The way the politicians, police and administrators behave, India needs a “Dictator” to discipline them and have a credible transparent and fair government. Somewhere, Kejriwal is struggling between establishing the Swarajya and managing his rebellious leaders. Congress is a master-mind; they already smelled the danger and implanted many of their party members in Aam Aadmi Party, to over watch the party functioning. Binny is blessed by Anna Hazare, the one who is jealous of Kejriwal due to his success.
Team Anna never ever remotely thought that Kejriwal will make so big. Binny has Congress culture. AAP should have anticipated that he would be power hungry. They should not have given ticket to him in the first place. Let him stage hunger strike or join BJP or return to Congress again. It is his fundamental rights. These types of politicians are real cheaters. AAP do not need greedy people like Binny and his expulsion should be seen as a message to other MLA’s too. A deadline of 10 days was given by the rebel AAP MLA to the Aam Aadmi Party government reportedly on the advice of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
Binny had earlier met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and apprised him of the ongoing situation and talked about the alleged misbehaviour of Law Minister Somnath Bharti with Ugandan women during the midnight raid that took place in Khirki Extension in South Delhi recently. Even then Binny alleged that AAP has already decided on the candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Binny further reportedly said that he was the first one to join the party when AAP had no support and is the first one to protest when the party is deviating from its principals. He further said that the AAP had made allegations of corruption against former Delhi chief minister but did not do anything on that aspect as well. Another rebel AAP leader Tina Sharma also expressed her full support to Binny. These incidences make us feel that, there is no democracy in the party. They have different yardsticks for different people. They have cheated the people of Delhi and these rebels want the people to realise it. The rebel AAP leader had been criticising his party and the Delhi government for failing to fulfill the promises made in the election manifesto on various issues, including regular water supply and cheap electricity. Binny also claimed to have gained support of 3-4 AAP MLAs, who are backing his agitation against the Delhi government.
However, the AAP leadership has been claiming that Binny has rebelled from the party after he was denied a ministerial berth in the Delhi Cabinet. Anyhow, Binny wound up his Dharna drama when there was no adequate media support or the gathering of people. He started agitation post breakfast and finished it post lunch.
On the other side, BJP was protesting in front of Kejriwal’s office, they pointed out that there was no restriction that they were violating, a swipe at Kejriwal, who had defied a ban on large gatherings to stage a dharna, or sit-in, near top government offices in the centre of Delhi exactly a week ago. For 33 hours, Kejriwal had refused to negotiate with the Delhi Police and even threatened to disrupt Republic Day celebrations if Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde did not act against police officers who refused to follow the orders of Aam Aadmi Party ministers.
Since the AAP has come in power, other political parties and ministers are adopting the same methods adopted by them. Politically, such methods to be used for a genuine cause and not for blackmailing purpose like Binny is using. In the history of non-violent resistance like fasting was practiced in many countries: England, China, USA, Palestine to mention a few. Mahatma Gandhi adopted many non-violent methods like non-cooperation movement, fasting, Quit India Movement, Salt March to win independence from the British; his reasons were valid, genuine and very reasonable. We should also reason and judge, why these non-violent methods adopted by Mahatma Gandhi were successful? The British were always very sensitive to the human rights, they were benevolent; the British Government had a conscience. What would have happened if Mahatma Gandhi had adopted same non-violent methods against any other country, say against the Japan of 1940s? Upon suspension from AAP, Vinod Kumar Binny should leave politics and live in his ancestral home tending his wives and concubines, cattle, other domestic animals and chickens. Binny staying in politics or leaving politics will reflect only on his personal profit or loss account. And on the other side, BJP should think out of box, they are far more experienced and established than AAP. BJP and Binny, both B factors, need wisdom to deal with the issues at this hour.