The elections for 20 Delhi Legislative Assembly constituencies look imminent within six months unless the court of law declares the presidential assent over Election Commission of India’s recommendations for disqualification of the Aam Aadmi Party’s MLAs null and void. Also Read - Coronavirus Tests in Delhi Highest in The World, 3057 Tests Conducted Per Million; Says Arvind Kejriwal
The disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs is based on technical grounds related to holding the office of profit while being a legislator. The ground on which these AAP legislators are being removed is beyond the realm of common people’s understating of the office of the profit law. If bypoll happens, demagogue Arvind Kejriwal has nothing to lose. The development gives him a golden opportunity to gain full control over his party which may work in his favour in the coming years. Even if it loses all 20 seats, the Kejriwal government would still be safe with 46 MLAs in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. On the other hand, he also gets an opportunity to pounce upon his opponents within and outside the party. Also Read - Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia Tests Positive For Covid-19, Goes Into Self-Isolation
Playing a victim and capitalising on it has been Kejriwal’s strongest weapon against his mighty opponents. Will the victim card pay him same returns as last time? Or will the returns be as handsome as in the past? In either case, the ‘mufflerman’ has nothing big at stake but he can gain immensely in terms of building his political capital by selling the Delhi Model outside the national capital. He has been looking to extend his influence beyond the realms of Delhi. The fact is, AAP winning 25 seats in Punjab Assembly elections 2017 was a commendable work. In its debut election in the state, the AAP became the main Opposition, relegating the mighty BJP-Akali combine to the third spot in Punjab. Also Read - AAP's Raghav Chadha Tears Up Slum Demolition Notice, Says Will Move Supreme Court Against Centre
If it manages to score 10 out of 20 in Delhi, Kejriwal can turn it in his favour. More the merrier. Given the tenacity of the person, he would pull all strings to live up to his maverick image, capable of clearing files from the streets of Delhi on a cold winter night which he did as the chief minister while protesting against the Centre in January 2014. For the civil servant-turned-politician, “politics is the art of the possible.”
Keriwal rose like a political phoenix after being decimated when he had resigned as the chief minister and faced a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
This time again, he got what he loves the most — playing a victim. For journalists and analysts, the interesting battle ahead if Delhi faces a mini-election. It will be seen as a referendum on the Kejriwal government. Contrary to an adage, in this case, six-month is not a long time in politics.
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