For the past few days, a debate is raging over whether BJP should be allowed to form the government in Delhi. The background is that the four time Congress Government is trounced by the emergence of Aam Aadmi Party. BJP gets 31/70, one short of majority while AAP emerges with 28. Arvind Kejriwal of AAP forms the government with the support of Congress but resigns after just 49 days in power citing ideological differences. AAP gives a letter to the Governor not to dissolve the assembly after the party lost badly in Lok Sabha elections and that they will try to form the government. These days, after BJP coming into power at centre, there are talks of BJP trying to form the government with 29 MLAs(7 have become MPs and resigned) but AAP and Congress together argue dissolution of assembly arguing possibility of horse trading. In light of this, there are a few observations to make –

  1. Arvind Kejriwal becomes the Chief Minister and resigns in 49 days citing ideological differences with Congress. First thing is, when the plank of election is the supposed corruption of Congress Government, why did AAP take the support of Congress?
  2. India is a representative democracy and not direct democracy. Once the MLAs are elected, the common populace don’t play any role in decision making. Why did AAP try to put in referendums? If it is done with the government money, who will be held responsible for the loss to the exchequer? Even if it is done by a private individual, who will account for loss of work hours when the employee is asked to fill a template?
  3. The ease with which he captured power upped the aspirations of Arvind Kejriwal and he resigned citing ideological differences with Congress. He vied for the power in centre but lost the bet heavily. Even though he lost, he is still an MLA today. Shouldn’t we consider public representatives as government employees? If a person wants to contest as an MP, shouldn’t he resign as MLA before doing it?
  4. A spin off of this, if a person is elected as MLA from two different constituencies or saying that if a public representative resigns for personal reasons, why should the government waste money on re-election?
  5. There is no saying how many of Congress or AAP MLAs will support BJP if it forms the power as they perceive they don’t have any future in their parties in Delhi. The might of Congress in Delhi is gone and AAP is directionless. Can we call this horse trading? Even if BJP indulges in a level of horse trading, is it not better than spending crores on re-election? Shouldn’t the government aim at reducing the wastage?
  6. If at all BJP is invited to power and if it doesn’t succeed in forming the government, it will automatically lead to re-election. Why make a fuss about it?
  7. Sheila Dixit was the Chief Minister who lost. As a retirement position for service to the party, she was given the Governorship of Kerala. Are we sure that if the government is of a different party from which she was actually a member of, are we sure that she will act impartially?
  8. Now that she has resigned from the post of Governor, what’s the guarantee that she will not join active politics again? Is this correct? Historic example s include S M Krishna and Sushil Kumar Shinde.