Opposition Unity: Kejriwal 'misses call,' awaits 'greater call?'

Opposition Unity: Kejriwal 'misses call,' awaits 'greater call?'

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New Delhi, Feb 17 ; Politics is the last resort of .... The 'projected Opposition Unity' caused by the nationwide protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) claiming lives and drawing International 'negative attention' has taken a new twist with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announcing to 'work together' with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 'We must now work together towards making Delhi a city of pride for all Indians,' the Chief Minister tweeted on Sunday soon after the congratulatory message from PM Modi on the former's swearing-in as Delhi CM for the third time in a row.

According to some political analysts, by turning the oath-taking ceremony of his Cabinet 'Delhi centric' and not inviting any CMs or other political functionaries from other states-be it BJP-led NDA or the Opposition, Mr Kejriwal is ' trying to transform the party as more National.' 'Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s national ambitions are soaring with the landslide victory in Delhi and many people who came to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Kejriwal-led government in Delhi at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday wished that he run for Prime Ministership,' the experts pointed out.

Incidentally, though Mr Kejriwal plans to continue his 'focus' on governance in the capital, AAP is also exploring the scope of expanding its footprints beyond Delhi and Punjab. Demands are also 'rising' within the party from Bihar for the AAP to contest the Assembly polls.

AAP Delhi Convenor and Minister Gopal Rai had stated that the party would be contesting the municipal polls across the country. Mr Rai has also maintained that the party would be focusing on winning most of the wards in the three Corporations in Delhi when they go to polls in 2022. According to Malviya Nagar AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, 'People are demanding that the party go nationwide and they will not be disappointed.' Informatively, the AAP has active organisations in more than 20 states, but its performance in their Assembly polls has been 'discouraging.' However, some political pandits opined ' the party is now in a stronger position.

Governments in other states feel that AAP's free schemes played a 'crucial role' in the party's return to power in Delhi- a 'Hat-trick.' Informatively, the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh in the National Capital, were among the 'main issues' in the run-up and also during the February 8 Delhi Assembly elections, which the BJP had branded as 'enjoying tacit support' of the AAP and the Congress. The new citizenship law got Parliament's nod on December 11, 2019 and afterwards, for the first time since Independence, six states- Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh-- have passed anti-CAA resolutions in the respective State Assemblies with also the 'hint' from Telangana 'to follow the suit,'- 'an open defiance against a law passed in Parliament by a Government enjoying huge majority and a challenge to India's Federal structure.' Interestingly, no 'reaction' has come so far from neither CMs or other political functionaries of BJP-ruled states or others governed by the Opposition regarding Mr Kejriwal not 'extending invitations' for Sunday's swearing-in.

Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday took oath as the Delhi Chief Minister for the third consecutive term at the historic Ramlila Maidan. Along with 51-year-old former Indian Revenue Service officer Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Pal Gautam -- took oath as ministers.

All of them had served as Cabinet ministers in the previous AAP government. The Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues, were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. Mr Kejriwal on Monday took charge as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the third consecutive term. (UNI)