We are talking about this “Yugpurush” that came in a white horse, the all conquering hero ready to purge India of all its warts and diseases and turn it into another Japan in a few years.
Yugpurush Version 1.0
Three strikes, you are out is an American phrase. But looks as if Kejriwal needed only two slaps to disappear completely.
If you recall, after hijacking the IAC movement and leveraging it to achieve the good show in Delhi assembly shortly before the 2014 elections, he was openly dreaming of becoming Prime Minister, winning 100+ seats, jailing Sheila Dikshit, contesting in Varanasi, going there by 2nd class train with lot of drama (returning quietly by plane & flying to Dubai on biz class) and so on. In this he was aided by the corrupt Lutyens yellow media who saw new sources of envelopes opening up. Hail the new Yugpurush!
The May 2014 verdict gave the first big slap. AAP turned out to be a good source of “deposits” for the election commission.
Then he enacted a huge drama of apology and penance which Delhi voters foolishly believed and gave him a record mandate.
But the first slap was quickly forgotten and he was back in form. Like the sewage that flows constantly in the Cooum river in Chennai, his potty mouth was putting out non-stop insults, tweets, snide remarks, reckless attacks, brazen lies, sensational allegations backed with zero facts, tabloid style half truths and crude propaganda directed this time not at Dikshit (who is very much free with not even one case registered) but Narendra Modi!
Yugpurush Version 2.0 has arrived!
This time too, the yellow media was still behind him. But doubts had started creeping in.
In the meantime, he lost most of his original team disgusted by his naked ambition, megalomania, greed, personality cult, arrogance, intolerance to dissent, cultivation of crude sycophants like Asutosh and Somnath Bharti, hypocrisy, seedy fund raising methods as well as equally inept governance. The prominent “list of donors” published in AAP website and advertised loudly as proof of his politics with difference was quietly taken down for “maintenance” where it has remained ever since! Allegations of seat “sale” in Punjab and elsewhere surfaced. In other words “same difference”
Leaving governance in Delhi to his lackeys and sycophants, not burdening himself with any portfolio (much like Rahul Gandhi) Kejriwal roamed India chasing a bigger target – the chair of PM. Any and every incident was exploited to the hilt with a quick visit to ground zero. Be it in Hyderabad for Rohit Vemula or nearby states. Even foreign policy was not spared.
Huge amount of money from Delhi state coffers was spent building a national image for the Yugpurush, putting out ads in far away states. Perhaps no other Chief minister spent so much personal time on agendas and issues outside his state ignoring the backyard. Not even the equally anarchist Mamata Banerjee.
As if this anarchist politics was not enough, it was supplemented with bizarre luddite attacks on voting machines, strange for a party that supposedly has Indian youth and educated middle class as its “core constituency”. He was no different from Laloo & Tejaswi!
The usual Congress tricks of flirting with jihadism, Wahabbi fanaticism in the name of secular politics was tried too. Even Khalistani terrorists were courted openly.
Throughout all this, Narendra Modi wisely kept quiet, not even bothering to reply to his daily taunts and insults. Like the proverbial dog barking at the moon, Kejriwal carried on, unmoved. And the public was getting tired.
The second slap!
Punjab and Goa results, along with Delhi civic polls, delivered yet another HUGE slap. So confident was Kejriwal with his own narratives amplified by the echo chamber of sycophants and corrupt media liars, self congratulatory posters were put up in Goa “thanking” people for voting AAP to power!
Results, to put it mildly, were somewhat different! Once again, AAP funded Indian elections with lost deposits!
That seems to have done the trick!
Now he has gone completely underground, keeping unusually quiet and not commenting on all and sundry matters. More importantly, he is not attacking Modi on daily basis.
So there is a new version out in the market.
Will Version 3.0 work?
Problem is, the launch of this version in the market coincides with Lutyens media and the left “intellectual” ecosystem deciding to place its bets on newly re-packaged and re-launched 100% janeudhari Pandit Rahul Gandhi (Version 4 or 5) as its hopes for 2019! This is only to be expected because most of them are upper caste/class elite whose hearts bleed and lips mouth homilies to the “sub-altern” in between sips of Chianti and single Malt in some five start hotel or Lit-Fest.
Evidently it seems the Congress capacity to support these charlatans, let them leech on state resources and lead comfortable farmhouse lifestyles, supplemented with donations from evangelist West to fund wine bottles & scholarships is far higher than AAPs.
So now Kejriwal faces not one but two rivals! He can’t use the corruption weapon against Modi nor the “icon of youth, secular” marketing tricks on Rahul.
And it does look as if the door to 2019 is closing tightly shut. Given Rahul is about the same age and presumably in better health, compared to the diabetic Kejriwal who often disappears to Bangalore for “vipasana treatment”, one cannot even be sure of 2024 and beyond even if Modi were to lose 2019.
There ends the sad story of Yugpurush Arvind Kejriwal. Unless he has some tricks up his sleeve or our beloved Pandit v5 turns out to be yet another damp squib and Modi screws up even worse. That’s a lot of ifs!