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Could Arvind Kejriwal control the Delhi riots?

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal states that the Army should be deployed in Delhi and curfew imposed in the areas affected by communal riots, three days after violence broke out….! He blamed the Delhi Police for being unable to “control the situation and instill confidence”…..!!!!

There is a vast array of authority in Delhi and every chief minister knows this….. The solution is between navigating your way to provide apt governance in Delhi or employ it as a fig leaf to hide your ineptitude…. Arvind Kejriwal invariably adopts the latter….!!!

The Delhi Assembly has licensed itself through the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha to hold the Delhi Development Authority and the Delhi Police accountable to the people through the elected government…..! Arvind Kejriwal, with his dearth of administrative experience, did everything to relinquish this critical power of the Delhi Assembly…..

His futile conflicts with the lieutenant-governor culminated into the withdrawal of ‘reserved subjects’ from the purview of the Delhi Assembly…!!!

Did he even speak to the police commissioner, before claiming that the police had no orders from the above….???

Kejriwal can always say that he is not powerful or that the situation is not in his purview, but let us not forget that he is an elected representative of Delhi at the end of the day. As an accountable CM, he could have called all the political party representatives and convened a meeting with all the sections concerned and actuate pragmatic action.

Kejriwal could have at least moved a resolution in the assembly asking for immediate action and, most importantly, could also insist on visiting riot-hit localities to comfort people.

His own party’s MLAs were already embracing the Shaheen Bagh sit-in. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had said that he supports the Shaheen Bagh protesters…!!

If he doesn’t have the power to give orders, then he should at least initiate some positive measures to deal with the chaos by having a word with the communities concerned and dharma heads. Right now, everyone should keep away from unhealthy politics and stop accusing each other. People must instead unite on this issue and educate each other on how to restore peace and stability……!

To put it quite bluntly, the behaviour of Arvind Kejriwal is signalling of the politics of ‘development’ minus the idea of democratic citizenship. Such kind of politics can do fairly on the welfare front to some extent, as the AAP government has acually done, but on the crucial concern of democratising the social structure, it will always be found wanting because it is a question of political ideas, not just of ‘development’…..!

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