Mr. Arvind Kejriwal appears to be a man in a hurry. In his zeal to bring a difference in Indian political scene, is he moving away from the lofty standards he set for himself and his party? Is he putting more energy on winning election than honesty and integrity, his mantra. Several important members of the party, notably Ms. Shazia Ilmi and Mr. Shanti Bhushan think so.
Is this focus on winning is making AAP commit mistakes? Given the intense aversion of Mr. Kejriwal and AAP against corruption, recent revelation that AAP had received donation from shell companies has several implications. Legally, no company can make donation to political party, unless the organisation is making profit for three years. Then also, the company can donate only 7% of its profit. In the case of AAP all donors were in red. How did these companies make donation? Did some one or some organisation donated money using these companies? Did AAP got cash donation from dubious source, the party made the money white using front companies? No one knows. Could this be the tip of the iceberg? No one knows.
Moral dilemma comes from the shoot and scoot tactics employed by Mr Kejriwal earlier. They had branded every leader , many business men as corrupt. Someone so gung-ho about honest practices in politics should have been more careful about influx of high value donation. Mr Kejriwal had gone after BJP and congress leader’s she’ll companies. Should they not be doubly certain that money that is coming in, albeit through cheque, has a face behind it? Had this mistake been made by BJP or. Congress politicians, would AAP and Kejriwal spare them as error of judgement? I doubt.
In my opinion, Kejriwal is an honest person. Time will tell if Mr. Kejriwal in his hurry to win Delhi, is forgetting that “End do not necessarily justify means”. If AAP lowers the lofty standard it has setup for itself, then AAP will be no different from other parties.
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