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.”