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Arvind Kejriwal’s long list of excuses for Delhi Dysfunction

Arvind Kejriwals long list of excuses for Delhi Dysfunction

Arvind Kejriwal is at it again with his relentless tirade against the bureaucracy and Delhi police. In yet another instance he accused top police officials in the national capital of being “agents” of Prime Minister Modi and BJP.

Kejriwal lashed out at the Delhi police, alleging that they have been incompetent in curbing crime in the capital. He pushed his demand that control of police be handed over to the state government, alleging that them being agent of the PM is the ‘speed breaker’, stalling the progress of Delhi.

In an interview to India Today, Kejriwal had referred to Delhi police as “thulla”, a slang for lethargic and unproductive person. This kicked up a storm, with police officials and the public objecting to the remark. A criminal defamation case was filed against him by a Delhi Police constable. Kejriwal had subsequently issued an apology of sorts.

Kejriwal’s disregard for the bureaucracy has a history of its own. Few months back, Kejriwal had referred to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung as the BJP’s ‘polling agent’ accusing the LG of acting as a proxy for the BJP and meddling with the affairs of the state.

In May this year, Kejriwal accused senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin of lobbying within the government on behalf of Reliance-owned power companies. Kejriwal opposed the appointment of Gamlin as the Chief Secretary of Delhi by the Lieutenant Governor. Interestingly, Kejriwal never issued an enquiry against Gamlin, which he should have rather than malign the name of a senior bureaucrat without concrete proof.

In response to the humiliation directed at the bureaucrats, the Delhi IAS Officers’ Association passed a resolution against the ‘ill-treatment’ of its members by the AAP government. Upset with Kejriwal’s criticism of Shakuntala Gamlin and the tussle for power over Delhi with LG Jung, the officers expressed their concerns over the ongoing confrontation between the Delhi government and the Centre.

Thus, while Arvind Kejriwal alleges that there are numerous “speed-breakers” hurting the progress of Delhi, his confrontations with the bureaucracy and the Police has done nothing but alienate them from effectively contributing towards better governance.

With a long list of excuses, Kejriwal has blamed everyone from the Prime Minister to the Lieutenant Governor to even lowly Delhi police constables for his inability to govern. In his make-believe world, Kejriwal it seems is the victim of the entire universe conspiring to see him fail.

Published: Aug 6, 2015

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