By putting conditions before the Congress, which is ready to make him the chief minister, the Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has demonstrated yet another example of his unconventional style of politics.
Not only has he sought a written commitment on his key promises from none other than the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Kejriwal has also shot off a similar letter to the BJP president, Rajnath Singh, whose state party leaders were talking about constructive cooperation with the AAP.
Having made a highly successful electoral debut against the odds, the hopelessly fractured mandate delivered by the voters of the capital poses the first tough challenge for Kejriwal and his colleagues, after the BJP with 32 MLAs in the 70-member assembly opted out of the race.Therefore, the decision on whether to accept the Congress offer of unconditional support in a bid to prevent a re-election in the capital or to stick to its original position of having no truck with either the BJP or the Congress will be tested on how Delhi voters react whenever the next election takes place.
So far, the 45-year-old AAP icon has managed to prove critics wrong every time when he took any major step since he shot into national prominence nearly three years back when he planned a highly successful anti-corruption movement under Anna Hazare’s leadership
From the time Kejriwal gave a political turn to Hazare’s movement by campaigning against the Congress in the Hisar (Haryana) Lok Sabha byelection in October 2011, despite resistance from some core members of the now disbanded team Anna, he emerged stronger after every step he took.
Kejriwal was virtually written off after he split from the mentor Hazare in September 2012 on the decision to launch a political party. He, however, had other ideas.
Within four days of formally launching the political outfit on October 2, he stunned the country with allegations of improper land deals against Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra and followed it up with similar charges against BJP leaders also.
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His surprising moves during the campaign also kept the Congress and the BJP on tenterhooks throughout, with some of the AAP steps like constituency-wise manifestoes being followed by the saffron party.
The difference this time, however, is that now he heads a legislature group of a party from whom the people of the capital have high expectations and Kejriwal’s every move will be carefully scrutinised.