It’s not even been 2 years since the Aam Aadmi Party contested elections for the first time and already the list of their misdeeds could fill a fat book.
One would have thought that getting 67/70 seats in the Delhi Assembly would change things, but they continue to be in the news for all the wrong reasons.
A look at 11 of their lows…
1. Joining hands with Congress:
AAP said they would be different but they joined hands with the Congress whom they had been calling corrupt at the first available opportunity in New Delhi in 2013.
Parties like the TDP have stayed clear of the Congress and the Jana Sangh and BJP have never had anything to do with the Congress.
Then Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal refused their support and quit without anyone really knowing why to this present day.
2. Khirki Extension raid:
AAP workers started vigilante raids in 2014 including disrupting operations in hospitals.
But the most notorious was the midnight raid in Khirki Extension when African women were humiliated and forced to give blood and urine samples even as the Delhi Police tried to help the victims.
This is the one of many cases that is going on against many AAP leaders.3. The midnight dharna:
The 2014 dharna was bizarre because it was carried out by a sitting Chief Minister. Kejriwal clashed with the police and slept on the streets and even threatened to disrupt Republic Day celebrations.
4. Attack on BJP office:
When there was an attack on Kejriwal’s convoy in Gujarat, AAP alleged (with zero evidence as usual) that BJP workers were behind the attack and somehow that gave them the license to attack BJP headquarters with stones.5. Becoming khaas aadmis:
While they pretended to be common men coming by the metro on the day of the swearing in in 2014, they were soon demanding perks. Both Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were given lavish bungalows.
They also appointed a record 21 MLAs as private secretaries to give them all manner of perks and privileges. They put up a special VVIP lane for themselves during an official event.6. Fake promises:
They promised to put pursue all cases against Congress Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in jail but apparently everyone (including the Delhi voters) have forgotten that such a promise had ever been made.
This time around they promised free Wi-Fi, water, power etc and still nobody knows where it is all going to come from in the long term. Nobody is aware of any serious plans being made to ensure these things.7. Non-stop dissent:
The AAP has been facing dissent and desertions right from day one. People quit the party before the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections too. When the AAP won a whopping 67/70 seats everyone thought it would stop.
But the worst came after that. The spat between Kejriwal and his supporters on one side and Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on the other has been one of the ugliest ones in recent times. Who’s next?
There were posters put up of Kejriwal dressed as Hitler by his detractors all over Delhi.8. The AAP rally death:
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, we had the tragic AAP rally death. The Delhi Police has accused AAP supporters of obstructing them and the fire engine. Kejriwal and the other leaders continued the rally speaking as if nothing had happened.
To make calls of a conspiracy stronger, AAP leaders started Tweeting even before the death was confirmed by anyone. This looks like a really murky case and everyone will be looking at the results of the final enquiry.9. Kejri’s disappearing acts:
After the AAP rally death took place, Kejri ran home and refused to meet the press.
A typical reaction. He always seeks the press when he has a point to make and disappears when he has to answer serious questions. He took a 10-day vacation just 21 days into the job as CM.
10. Baseless allegations:
In the AAP rally death case, certain AAP leaders cried a BJP conspiracy without any proof.
This wasn’t the first time that it had happened. They always allege without giving any proof.
This shoot and scoot policy has been the hallmark of Kejriwal right from the very beginning. They have looked quite uncertain in all the defamation cases against them.11. Cracking down on Media:
Despite the AAP getting tremendous support from the media, Kejriwal still continues to attack it.
He first threatened to put journalists in jail and Somnath Bharti asked a reported how much Modi had paid him.
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