Arvind Kejriwal should be ashamed of himself for leveling charges against the media for not providing adequate coverage to his party - Aam Admi Party (AAP) and squarely blaming both Editors Guild of India and News Broadcasters Association “attributing ulterior motives”. Kejriwal ought to have recalled that the wide coverage his party got from the very day it came into existence. With it deciding to contesting to the Delhi Assembly election, the media, both print and electronic ran neck to neck in spreading the messages of Mr.Kejriwal and other leaders of AAP across the Union Territory of Delhi. Both the print and electronic media called the AAP – a phenomenon which is about to spread across India as more and more citizens in more and more States join it which would rule India one day if the party could prevail upon the masses and keep its promises extended to them bore fruits one day. There was a huge flow of citizens into the party soon after the unprecedented victory it scored within one year of its birth. And with the support extended to it by the Indian National Congress which came third when the result poured in with BJP (Bharathiya Janata Party) coming first. As BJP didn’t have the required numbers to head a government, it decided not to stake claim for the governance of Delhi. With BJP opting to sit in the opposition, the mantle naturally fell on AAP but it too was eight seats short for a majority. With Congress extending unconditional support to AAP it came to the fore to form a govt after dithering for a few days.
Aam Admi Party’s first few days could be written in golden letters. The AAP govt as promised to the citizens made necessary arrangements to provide 700 litres of water free of cost. Secondly, the electricity charges too slashed to 50 percent. For the first one month it was bathed in euphoria and must have thought that euphoria would last for ever.
The first blot appeared on its face when the law Minister of Delhi Somnath Bharti along with AAP followers stormed into a building in the thick of night where a few Ugandan ladies were residing alleging that they were running a brothel there. It was actually a violation of the constitution as per that the law and order is not a Union Territory subject but which comes under the ambit of Central govt. Mr.Bharti’s war of words with the Delhi Police Commissioner was prominently displayed on the electronic media, to put it mildly, was nothing but arrogance. But Mr.Kejriwal, in his capacity as Chief Minister of Delhi sided with Mr.Bharti which was unbecoming of a Chief Minister.
Then on the issue of Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly which was not to the liking of both Congress and BJP, they voted against the AAP govt and subsequently had to resign. Thus within 49 days Delhi came under the President’s rule which is in suspended animation.
From the very day the govt fell down Mr.Kejriwal evolved into a another man. His reference of Mukesh Ambani who according to him benefited most in hiking the price of CNG from $4.2 mm btu to $8.4mm btu by the Central govt. It is alleged that the Ambanis pocketed 54000 cr of money. Neither Congress nor BJP dared not speak against Ambanis from the early days the reasons for which are self-explanatory.
So be it. Let the law take its course. A common man like me was shocked when Kejriwal spoke against the media for not extending the needed coverage to his party blaming the media of ‘ulterior motives’. It was the media which gave a wide coverage to his party from the very day his party was formed. Kejriwal, you should not have leveled allegations against the media ‘attributing it of ulterior motives’.