Editorial

AAP strategy has exposed BJP-Congress nexus

February 17, 2014 11:30 AM

After the fall of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, the two main parties Congress and BJP, opposed to each other had came under sharp criticism for coming together to oppose the Jan Lokpal Bill. The strategy adopted by AAP has exposed the political nexus between Congress and BJP which were accused of playing friendly match in the Parliament many times.

This was one main charge of AAP that Congress and BJP are in secret understading to run the government and on many vital issues BJP had supported Congress led UPA Government. The AAP leaders aid that both these parties were playing politics of convinience. This was the main reason that anti-corruption bill i.e. Lok Pal bill remained pending in Lok Sabha for 40 years and women reservation bill is still buried in files. The Lok Sabha had passed the Lok Pal bill only under pressure of Anna Hazare agitation and public anger against the UPA government. The BJP was left with excuse other than to support the bill since it had taken public stance in favour of anti-corruption bill.

As Arvind Kejriwal former Chief Minister of Delhi has claimed the Lok Pal Bill passed by the Lok Sabha was inadequate and Jan Lok Pal bill is the only solution to eliminate corruption from the system. He has said that mere fear of stringent law has brought down the corruption level in Delhi.He is of the opinion that government officials right from peon to Chief Minister level shall be covered under Lok Pal and there should be punishment uypto life imprisonment for the corrupt.

Both BJP and Congress had taken the public stance that Jan Lok Pal was being presented in state assembly without prior approval of Lt Governor of Delhi. The fact remained that both parties are against bringing strict anti-corruption law. Kejriwal government was not allowed to present the bill in the Vidhan Sabha. The Law minister Som Nath Bharti has said that during Shiela Dixit government 13 bills were passed without the approval of center government. He cited a Union Home Ministry order which has made it mandatory to send the bill to Home Ministry before tabling in the assembly. The AAP government has described such an order unlawful and unconstitutional.

There is merit in the logic preesented by Kejriwal that what was the use of holding elections and electing MLAs if they are not allowed to frame any act. The Delhi has not been given full status of state. The police is not under the Delhi Government, the DGP is directly reporting to Union Home Minister. In such a situation it was very difficult for the AASP government to run the government and they were facing all sort of criticism of people. The bold stand taken by Kejriwal has pushed the Congress and BJP to wall and they couldn't understand what strategy they should plan to counter the AAP. Both these parties were soft paddling on the issue of granting status of full state to Delhi. Former Chief Minister Shiela Dixit has not taken any firm steps to demand full status of state for Delhi except for writing letters.

The Kejriwal's strategy to exposae the Congress and BJP is expected to impact the voters mind at national level. The Kejriwal factor would change the equations in the coming Lok Sabha elections. It is yet to be seen if AAP will emerge as third political force at national level.

 

 
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