I decided on the title of this blog after writing this blog and it inadvertently turned out to be a nice rhyming piece of poetry.
Broom didn’t clean Delhi,
As it seems for the last 5 years;
But in mud blooms lotus,
And this can leave AAP in tears!
However, Delhiites love their freebies,
And so it appears that lotus may not bloom;
The votes are likely to be swept
By AAP in style with its broom!!!
I am in Delhi and luckily the campaigning has come to an end for tomorrow’s elections. I am told that this was amongst the most bitter electioneering as also the noisiest and in some senses obnoxious. Thanks to the ongoing Shaheen Bagh stir, the politicking on the issue has created some sort of polarisation.
Though its supposedly three way fight, Congress that ruled the roost once, with mercurial Sheela Dikshit winning three consecutive elections, looks like a spent force, and the main fight is between BJP and AAP.
AAP is riding the wave of virtually corruption free 5 years as also a host of freebies, including power, water and bus rides. BJP is trying to fight on the basis of national issues.
We all lament when Governments waive debts of poor farmers, many of whom commit suicide every year due to their pathetic economic condition. Comparatively urban poor are slightly better off with better earning opportunities , cheap conveyance and unauthorised stay in slums. Moreover, some of the freebies are not exclusively meant for poor, but are enjoyed by those who should be paying these bills,
Delhiites need better planning and bigger outlay to develop infrastructure. Metro network has not reduced road traffic. It’s wider six to eight lane roads are proving to be grossly inadequate. What Delhi needs is multilayered flyovers the kind we see in Bangkok. Distances are becoming larger with the entire NCR virtually becoming one! I see cleanliness outside Lutyen’s Delhi pathetic. Taxis and autos look shabby and their drivers discourteous. This is not Delhi where I spent my childhood that was much cleaner, greener, quieter, more disciplined, sophisticated, cosmopolitan and progressive.
I have nothing against Arvind Kejriwal. In fact, in the latter part of his tenure, he scrupulously avoided unnecessary comments and rather focused on his task. But apart from politics, he will have to focus on civics, geography, environmental science and above all economics, if he has to make it to merit list and be a benefactor of Delhi, the historic and world class city and not a few sections of Delhiites.
May the party wishing the best for Delhi rules it for the next 5 years.