The formation of the Aam Aadmi Party and its establishment as a political force has been a very dramatic development. This party represents a notion that emerged out of Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption. That notion has been inculcated in the minds of the people through media and publicity. Anna Hazare’s movement was also an event done through propaganda, which created a perception among the people across the country that the then Manmohan Singh government was corrupt and it had to be changed. BJP and Narendra Modi got the benefit of this at the national level and Arvind Kejriwal took advantage of it in Delhi. It is a coincidence that since that time both Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal were engaged in the politics of creating and distorting the perception through their theatrics and through the propaganda apparatus.
Now there is an overdose of this theatricality or political drama. Such drama is being created about everything, such rhetoric is happening and it is being promoted so much that the real message is getting lost somewhere. The Aam Aadmi Party, on the back of government resources, has developed such a system of propaganda that it gets media coverage many times more than its potential and in most cases it gets positive media coverage, on the basis of which it can choose to ignore the actual developments. Narrative succeeds in setting up.
Politics requires theatrics and acting skills are needed in a leader. But it has its limit. A leader cannot go on acting all the time. Film actors stay in their characters all the time. He is acting in real life as well. Most of the time speak written dialogue. A similar overdose of drama is happening in the politics of Aam Aadmi Party. Its leaders are working according to the script written all the time and speaking the dialogues accordingly. Convert every political event into an event and those who take advantage of it create narrative and propagate it through the media. The party’s Delhi government has subdued a large section of the media, which propagates its theatrics, by increasing the campaign budget unaccountably. Every leader has an actor and every politics has some drama but it has its limits. Your politics has gone far beyond that limit.
Right now, if we look at the case of CBI raid at Manish Sisodia’s place regarding Delhi’s new liquor policy, then every leader of Aam Aadmi Party is engaged in a different drama. In a skit, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia are being given the status of martyrs by calling them victims, while in another skit, Sisodia is being made heroes by telling them the descendants of Maharana Pratap. No one is talking objectively about the whole matter. Aam Aadmi Party or Manish Sisodia has not once said that the new liquor policy was a policy decision, the entire cabinet had decided and we stand by that decision.
It is also not being said that what was lacking in that policy decision, due to which it was withdrawn. It is also not being said that how can there be a lawsuit against a policy decision of a government, if no person or party has earned personal profit from that decision? Instead of defending its policy or responding logically to the action of the central agency, emotional talk, valor and drama are being made.
If someone tweeted in social media that Sisodia is a descendant of Maharana Pratap, then Arvind Kejriwal of that tweet retweeted and stamped it. The question is that if they were not the descendants of Maharana Pratap, would the action against them be justified or would the party’s style of responding be different? When Satyendra Jain was arrested, why didn’t Kejriwal say that he was a descendant of Lord Mahavir? What kind of caste mentality is this, in which the pride of one’s caste should be sung in defense?
From the day the raid took place, different plays are going on. On the first day it was a farce that Sisodia is the world’s number one education minister. He may be the number one education minister in the universe but what does that have to do with alcohol policy! Why is the party not responding on the liquor policy? The next day when the news of the lookout circular came, there was a drama on it. The CBI had not issued a circular against Sisodia, but the leaders of the party, which did politics only with the help of media, started reacting to it. Sisodia directly challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that ‘what a drama, I am roaming in Delhi and you can not find it’! Think, does the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi not know the meaning of Lookout Circular? Do they not understand the difference between being declared an absconder or issuing a warrant and a lookout notice? Lookout notice simply means that the person cannot go out of the country. Think, the notice was not even issued against Sisodia but the party told the whole story.
After this, describing himself as a victim, Sisodia said that ‘we will stop working only when we are killed’. The next day i.e. on the third day, it was made a narrative that the BJP had told Sisodia that if they break AAP and go with the BJP, they will end all the cases. Saying the same thing, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut went to jail. He had also said that it is being told by the BJP that if they break Shiv Sena, then all the cases will be ended. Be it Sanjay Raut or Sisodia, such statements can benefit the opposition. It can become a narrative that BJP is making cases, using agencies to break the opposition parties. But if Sisodia would have told who gave him the message, when and how, then more credibility would have been created. Right now it just seems like a way to get publicity. This does not build the credibility of the allegation, but makes the allegations ridiculous.
For the last few days, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is showing amazing theatrics. The speech of August 15 at Chhatrasal Stadium and two days later at Talkatora Stadium while launching the ‘Make India Number One’ mission is an example of this. Kejriwal made a variety of expressions saying that God made the people of India the best, God made the people of India the most intelligent, God gave it everything while making India, gave mountains, rivers, forests and minerals. lamps. The way he is addressing the people of the country sitting in Delhi shows his extreme ambition. In fact, it seems that the leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, while doing drama, have started understanding it as a reality and have started living in it.