Former Delhi’s Chief Minister and AAM Aadmi Party Leader Mr. Arvind Kejriwal finally admitted for the first time that the party’s decision to resign from the Delhi government was ill-timed adding that there was a communication gap.
Kejriwal said, “I don’t regret forming the government and quitting on principle. Those decisions were right.” During their Interview session, Kejriwal said that maybe his quitting as the CM of Delhi was “ill-timed” and did not go down well with the common man. He accepted that the mistake was in assuming that the people would ‘celebrate’ the decision by AAP ‘to quit on principle’ and believing that people at large would understand on their own as to what their reasons were.
The Aam Aadmi Party which was formed in 2012 after the Lokpal movement spearheaded by social activist Anna Hazare, had surprised everyone by winning 28 seats in the Delhi Assembly elections in December last year.
Kejriwal’s resignation had come hours after his government could not introduce the jan lokpal bill in the Delhi assembly in February as 42 MLAs — 32 of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), eight of the Congress and one of the Janata Dal (United) and an Independent — opposed it in the 70-member assembly.
“In hindsight, I think we should have taken a few more days to hold public meetings to explain the rationale behind our decision and then quit. The suddenness of our decision and the communication gap with masses the allowed BJP and the Congress to spread falsehood about us and label us as escapists. This is a mistake we made and we will be more careful in the future,” he said.
AAP is contesting in more than 400 seats in the General Elections and Kejriwal is contesting against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
BJP’s prime ministerial pick Narendra Modi had in March called him ‘AK-49’ taking a jibe at his 49-day tenure as the Delhi CM.
Modi had said at a poll rally in Jammu’s Hiranagar, barely 5 km from Pakistan border, three AKs AK-47, AK Antony and AK-49 (Arvind Kejriwal) had emerged as Pakistan commanders on the Indian side.
Speaking about the possible outcome of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Arvind Kejriwal said,”The victory of his party from Varanai and Amethi is 100% sure in the Lok Sabha Election.” He added,” Modi won’t be India’s prime minister as BJP will get less than 180 seats. He also said AAP candidates will defeat both Modi from Varanasi and Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.”
Kejriwal, who’s been assaulted five times in public since Lok Sabha campaigning began, reiterated his apprehension that he may the target of an attack. “Right now there have been a few small attacks, but I am sure some powerful people will not spare me after Lok Sabha elections.