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Spare Kejriwal to do good work

I’m very upset with the Congress lawmaker in a way he interrupted a press conference conducted by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. This attack was pre-planned. AAP won with unexpected margins, BJP and Congress lost control, these types of acts shows their frustration. It is planned agenda to attack Kejriwal and his party in every ways. Congress MLA was demanding appointment of a Special Investigation Team to probe the 2008 Batla House encounter. His own government was ruling in Delhi then why he had not asked for the probe? Why Asif Mohammad Khan never attacked Rahul Gandhi or Sheila Dixit and he chose press conference to attack Kejriwal? Khan, a MLA from Okhla constituency, barged into the press conference at Delhi Secretariat and started shouting slogans against AAP and Kejriwal. Earlier, Kejriwal said a court has already given its verdict in the case and government respected the judicial process. Delhi Government had on Wednesday decided on a probe by an SIT into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, two days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said some of the party men were probably involved in the violence but were punished. Khan said he will not extend support to the AAP government in any legislative business and does not care if Congress takes disciplinary action against him.

Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the 1984 riots have sparked off an unprecedented political furore, with a united opposition stepping up attack against Congress, demanding a court monitored fast track probe. Sikh groups on Thursday protested outside the Congress office in Delhi, stating that a mere apology on the 1984 riots will not suffice. A Sikh rights group that has filed human rights violation cases against the Congress party and its leader Sonia Gandhi said it will subpoena the party’s vice president Rahul Gandhi before a US court in the 1984 anti-Sikh rights lawsuit, a demand that has been strongly rejected by the political party’s attorney in US. AAP want the investigation in 1984 to be done and justice to be brought to Sikh community. There is vast difference between a riot and encounter. Last year, a trial court had convicted suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist Shahzad Ahmed in the Batla House encounter case and sentenced him to life imprisonment. We have to respect the judiciary.

People should stop attacking this new party and they should really give them some time to deal with the issues and promises they made to their people. We gave BJP a chance, and their performance was surely good. The performance of BJP-governed states is surely better than Congress- ruled or any other Parties like TMC, SP. BJP ruled only 6 years since independence. Should we say BJP is a flopped party or should we attack them without proper reason? When other government gets 5 years to judge their performance then how can we judge AAP government in one month? Its dedicated working culture will change the modern definition of politics, which may be treated as milestone for newcomers in this field. However the style of politics, where politician uses soft word to negative matter is not maintained by this group. We know that maintenance of law & order is the responsibility of state government, so the authority of law & order must be vest in that authority which controls it. AAP as an alternative has generated much hope against the closed options provided by aristocratic mindset of the present political parties. It has infused a sense of competition and forced the traditional ways of politics to introspect. BJP has budged from its Hindutva core ideology, towards governance reform and Congress has started realizing that playing only aam aadmi card is just not enough.

AAP has well tried to project itself as a service oriented party and devoid of aristocratic style of functioning. We must nourish this sapling to grow into a tree ignoring its little faults. Otherwise, if this new experiment fails, it will provide conviction to the corrupt and inefficient political parties to continue the old ways of disregarding the needs of the people. There are many issues languishing in files but were never addressed by any of the political parties. No one asked for any magic to happen or issues to be addressed. All of sudden, each and every political party are attacking AAP. If we will not allow them to execute their work then how we can expect them to work as they promised to people.

Whoever is criticizing AAP means they are falling into the traps of established political parties who will continue to promote their own agendas to the detriment of common man. After criticising AAP to an extent, common man will continue to promote it in this election year. We have been used to the culture of writing letters and memorandum for voicing our concerns to the ruling parties who dumped it into dustbin. If the correct voice of dissent in a democracy does not get its due attention under old methods, new methods adopted by parties like AAP shall be given a try.

Not last but the least, We the Indians should learn to respect our elected chief ministers of every state.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 14 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News (international). She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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