We start with this tweet from Dr. Praveen Patil some days ago
Indeed. I was pretty sure myself that there is an AAP wave sweeping Punjab. I think you can find multiple articles on this blog talking about AAP’s life after Punjab win, which I took for granted.
And surveys, both real and fake, reinforced that belief: AAP is sweeping Punjab for sure.
So, what happened? How did AAP go from being the hot favorite to the hot potato that everyone wants to drop? AAP leaders are quitting in droves, they have had to replace their state party chief and kick him out of the party, allegations of ticket selling and corruption and fraud are flying thick and fast.
The bulk of the blame here must go to Kejriwal himself. I have written several times on this blog that multiple states is a trap that Kejriwal is walking into. As an incurable control freak who suspects everyone including his shadow, it would be very difficult for Kejriwal to live with another CM from Punjab. In his insecurity, he kept pushing out anyone who developed anything of a fan following of his own. First, 3 of the 4 party MPs from Punjab had to go, merely on the suspicion that they were plotting against the party supremo. The only one that remains is Bhagwant Mann. This Bhagwant Mann may be the only man Kejriwal trusts, because Mann is 24 x 7 under the influence of drugs and alcohol, too weak to plot anything at all.
The state party chief Sucha Singh Chotepur had to go, with an insecure Kejriwal again freaking out over pure rumors. And god knows what terms Kejriwal offered to Sidhu that the latter ran away without even joining. Did Kejriwal ask Sidhu to go down on his knees and compulsorily pray in public five times a day facing Kejriwal’s house in Delhi? We will never know…
And then, before going on yet another break in Bengaluru, Kejriwal left the people of Punjab with the “assurance” that he would come back and plant himself in the state until the elections are over.
Unfortunately for Kejriwal, it seems the people of Punjab got even more wary of AAP after this. The people of Punjab don’t want to be ruled by an outsider from Delhi. And Kejriwal’s ego wont allow him to let some Punjabi assume the reigns of the party in the state. And Kejriwal, like every other state party leader before him, would rather lose the election than allow for the possibility of a challenger from within his party.
All this can only mean one thing: Burre Din for Delhi, especially beginning from mid-2017. Come mid-2017 (after the MCD polls), Kejriwal will have nothing to do, no excitement, no elections to fight in. He has no interest whatsoever in the governance of his city. He will lose in Punjab. Further, he unnecessarily opened up another front against the BJP in Goa, where he doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning and where he will be humiliated and become the butt of ridicule. Delhi will be stuck with a bored, irritated and angry man-child who is desperately addicted to escapism… I am glad I don’t live in Delhi.