The nose-dive

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The Aam Aadmi Party took ev­ery­one by sur­prise, yet again, when its chair­man, Arvind Ke­jri­wal re­signed from Delhi’s chief min­is­ter­ship. The move came only 49 days af­ter the AAP took power in the cap­i­tal. The rea­son for res­ig­na­tion, as cited by Ke­jri­wal, was the com­bined ef­forts of the coun­try's two main par­ties, the Congress and the BJP, to thwart a new anti-cor­rup­tion bill that the AAP had promised to present in the as­sem­bly.

The In­dian me­dia, how­ever, claimed that Ke­jri­wal’s de­ci­sion to quit so soon af­ter tak­ing over power ap­peared

as a part of a well thought-out strat­egy to en­able him to spear­head his party's cam­paign in the gen­eral elec­tion due by May.

The prospects of AAP’s re­main­ing in power had al­ready nose-dived when Ke­jri­wal or­dered that crim­i­nal cases be filed against bil­lion­aire Mukesh Am­bani of Re­liance In­dus­tries, Oil Min­is­ter Veerappa Moily and other pol­icy-mak­ers “for col­lud­ing to in­flate the prices of gas.”

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