Monday, February 16, 2015

Why Manish Sisidia As Deputy CM And Arvind Without Potfolio

Manish Sisodia leaves press conference, ruckus at Delhi Secretariat-Zee News 16.02.2015 5.p.m.
New Delhi: Days after forming government in the national capital, the maiden press conference of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was left in total chaos on Monday. 

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia left the press conference after journalists wanted party's clarification over media's entry inside the secretariat.

According to media reports, journalists were furious over the complete ban of media inside the Secretariat premises.

As media persons protested and demanded an answer to the ban of even accredited journalists inside the Delhi government office, Sisodia, without giving any answer, just walked-off from the press conference.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said,“Very unfortunate showdown between media and AAP government.”

In 2013, the AAP government had restricted media entry inside the secretariat. Mediapersons were not allowed to visit the rooms of ministers and other offices inside the Delhi Secretariat. 

My Appeal to media men and BJP leaders to keep mum for one year and let Aam Admi Party function freely and do not allow them occasion and opportunity to point out accusing fingers towards  other parties for their failing in fulfilling promises made by them

I request media men in particular and all politicians in general to stop thinking with negative mind. They should give at least one year time to AAP to execute their plan of action and to come to the expectations of voters.

It is unjustified and improper to judge them before they come to power. I say so because TV channels have started raising several questions to them and putting them in awkward position. Whatever they (AAP) promised to voters of Delhi, it is they who will manage. Let them manage.

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Arvind Kejriwal not to keep any portfolio

Arvind Kejriwal who was sworn-in as eighth Delhi Chief Minister will have six Cabinet Ministers including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

In a first, Kejriwal will not keep any portfolio and will look after overall functioning of the government.

Sisodia has been given key portfolios of Finance and Planning, Revenue, Services, Power, Education, Higher Education, Information Technology, Technical Education, Administrative Reforms.

The Deputy Chief Minister has also been given responsibility of Urban Development, Land and Building, Vigilance department and all other departments not specifically allocated to any Minister.

Kejriwal has allocated the departments of Employment, Development, Labour, Transport and General Administration Department to Gopal Rai.
Satyendar Jain, who was Minister in the previous AAP government, was given portfolios of Power, Health, Industries, Gurudwara Management, Irrigation and Flood Control, Public Works Department.

Jitender Singh Tomar will look after departments of Home, Law and Justice, Tourism, Art and Culture while Asim Ahmed Khan has been allocated the departments of Food and Supply, Environment and Forest and Election.
The departments of Women and Child Welfare, Social Welfare, Language and SC and ST have been allocated to Sandeep Kumar.

Manish Sisodia — Kejriwal's second-in command started as a journalist

NEW DELHI: From journalism to anti-graft activism to the number two position in Delhi government, AAP leader Manish Sisodia has come a long way to emerge as a prominent figure in Delhi's political scene.

Apart from being Kejriwal's deputy, Sisodia will handle education, urban development and PWD, the second most important departments as they need an interface with the Centre.

Son of a teacher, the 43-year-old will implement AAP's educational agenda, which includes building of new schools and colleges and enhancing the infrastructure.

AAP to expand in 4 states in next 5 yrs: Yogendra Yadav -The Hindu
The Aam Aadmi Party is now planning to make itself a significant political force in at least four major states in the next five years without entering into any “arrangements of convenience” with any regional party, senior party strategist Yogendra Yadav has said.

“We are not a regional party. In the long term we want to be a national alternative. That is why we chose Delhi consciously. We want to emerge as a principled force in national politics. In next 3-5 years, we want to become viable in more states than Delhi and Punjab,” Mr. Yadav told PTI.
Terming coalitions like the Third Front as “arrangements of convenience”, he said AAP will not join any such groupings.
He also ruled out having any understanding with parties like Trinamool Congress and JD(U) which had extended support to AAP in the Delhi polls.
“They have not sought political support and even we did not extend political support to them. It was merely a gesture on their part based on their own strengths and weaknesses.
What they do not realise that we are anti-political establishment,” he said.
A noted political scientist, Mr. Yadav said the AAP’s target was to capture more than 20 per cent vote-share in each of the states where the party wants to become a viable alternative as part of its medium-term expansion drive.
He refused to name the states where AAP wants to spread wings when asked but said their selection will depend on space for potential opportunity and organisational strength.
On whether AAP would contest the Bihar assembly elections later this year and polls in West Bengal next year, he did not give a direct answer.
Punjab, where AAP had won four seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, will be a major focus area with the party deciding to fight the 2017 assembly polls in the state with full vigour.
Link The Hindu
I see AAP emerging as a nationwide force for alternative politics: Strategist Yogendra Yadav

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Former Apple executive to be Kejriwal's troubleshooter?-Rediff-16.02.2015
Arvind Kejriwal will monitor the work of various departments. Adarsh Shastri might also aid Kejriwal in this task. Somesh Jha reports
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Adarsh Shastri, a former Apple Inc executive, might find a berth in Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office, as a troubleshooter, sources said.

“Even other MLAs (members of legislative Assembly) are going to be assigned some formal role by Kejriwal,” an AAP senior told Business Standard.

There was a buzz that Shastri, the MLA from Dwarka in the city’s southwest, might be made parliamentary secretary to Kejriwal, assisting him in planning and co-ordination of legislative and other official business.

When asked, Shastri said “he wasn’t aware” about this move. He’d joined the AAP after quitting his job as the sales head at Apple India. Shastri is tasked with implementing the party’s promise of free wi-fi connections across public places in the national capital. The party has already laid down the plans and is in touch with information technology and telecom companies for implementation.

Shastri is also looking after the delivery of other manifesto promises, such as making Delhi a “start-up hub”.

In a first, Kejriwal had decided not to keep any ministry or department, delegating all these to his ministers, besides making close aide Manish Sisodia the deputy chief minister.

Kejriwal will be monitoring the work of various departments. Shastri might also aid Kejriwal in this task, as the party is building a framework through which the chief minister can keep an eye on his MLAs and ministers “through modern technology”.
Arvind KejriwaL-CM
Portfolios: None. Will monitor ministries and MLAs

Manish Sisodia (Deputy CM)
Portfolios: Finance and planning, education (higher education and technical education), urban development, revenue, vigilance services, higher education, information technology, administrative reforms

Satyendra Jain
Portfolios: Power, health, industries, PWD, irrigation and flood control

Sandeep Kumar
Portfolios: Women and child welfare, social welfare, language

Asim Ahmed Khan
Portfolios: Food and civil supplies, environment and forests, elections

Jitendra Tomar
Portfolios: Law and justice, home, tourism, art and culture

Gopal Rai
Portfolios: Transport, rural development, labour, general and administration department, employment

Another Kejriwal Move That Seems to Borrow From PM Narendra Modi's Style-NDTV

New Delhi:  Ahead of his first working day as Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted today that he is feeling better after fighting a fever for a few days which included his huge oath-taking ceremony on Saturday at a public park in Delhi.
Mr Kejriwal, 46, leads a cabinet of six ministers and has decided not to manage any ministry directly, appointing deputy Manish Sisodia to handle as many as six portfolios including Finance.

Sources say that Mr Kejriwal plans to assimilate experts in different areas in his office, which will function as the nerve-centre of his government. That plan resembles the structure created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his office. In an earlier move that seemed to emulate Mr Modi's style of governance, Mr Kejriwal has asked top bureaucrats from different ministries to present their roadmaps to him on Thursday.

Mr Kejriwal's cabinet includes no women. Sources in his Aam Aadmi Party or AAP said that women leaders are likely to be inducted as advisors in the Chief Minister's Office which will expend hefty political capital on figuring out how to implement the 70-point agenda outlined by AAP in the campaign for the election which is swept in record numbers earlier this month.
Why 5 Saal Kejriwal became 5 Saal Manish Sisodia-By Anindya Nandi On Facebook

If the BJP is in any doubt about the strength and intentions of Arvind Kejriwal and his guerilla army of volunteers, his decision of appointing Manish Sisodia as Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and to not keep any portfolio to himself should make it crystal clear. Taken together with his speech on 14 Februar
y, after the oath-taking ceremony, no one should anymore misread his intentions.

These are his real goals.

 One, he has no intention to limit his ambitions to Delhi. He does not see himself as CM of Delhi. His real aim is to use Delhi as the mountain top from which to survey his future expansion plans and let others see him as the shining future of India.

Two, Manish Sisodia will be the effective Chief Minister of Delhi, and Kejriwal will only intervene when needed. Paanch Saal Kejriwal was the slogan used to convince Delhi he was not going to rush off to Varanasi and Gujarat in pursuit of his ambitions. It was meant to assure Delhi citizens he would be there for them. However, this will be true now only to a limited extent. What Delhi will get is Paanch Saal Sisodia, with Kejriwal as the virtual CM.

Three, the frequent references to "ahankar" in his Ramlila speech are actually only about himself. Kejriwal is the man with huge power ambitions, and he was essentially telling himself to not lose this huge national opportunity by going after short-term petty gains in Delhi, which almost destroyed his political career last February. Also, talking about "ahankar" goes down well with the public - it makes him sound humble, when that is not the case at all. Narendra Modi is often held out as the personification of "ahankar", but "humble" Kejriwal is really its most secret practitioner. Hence the repeated references to how he has not won, but Delhi has; how he is not the CM, but the whole of Delhi is. This is, of course, nonsense, but is a useful cloak to wrap his ambitions in.

Four, Kejriwal also made another reference to ambitions: he used the word "ahankar" to deny his party would be contesting elections in Bengaluru and other metros or states. He said this was "ahankar" and he was focused on Delhi. This statement is actually the exact opposite of his real intent. It is meant to deliberately mislead other political parties, so that he can then creep up on them while they continue to function the same way as before.
To conceal his ambitions, Kejriwal needs his potential future rivals to be lulled into a false sense of complacency - as was the case with the BJP in Delhi - so that when his time comes, he and AAP can spring a surprise on them.

 Kejriwal knows that the prime opposition space is open to him because the Congress is in a state of collapse; one hard knock and it may shatter. If the BJP and regional parties think Kejriwal and AAP are going to be a local Delhi phenomenon, they are living in a fool's paradise. Staying in Delhi, much less getting actively involved in the nitty-gritty of running a city-state, is not what Kejriwal has envisioned for himself. Delhi is merely a stepping stone to the rest of India.

Five, being a CM without any portfolios also allows Kejriwal to distance himself from any of the mistakes made by Sisodia and his ministerial colleagues. He can then step in and reverse a bad policy and claim credit for it. His ability to use apology as a political strength will be a huge help. Other politicians need to learn from this, for apologies work well in India. We see apologies as a substitute for responsibility and justice. Modi does not usually apologise, which means, indirectly he holds himself responsible for things that go wrong under his watch.

Six, how will Kejriwal explain his tours of India when he is also Delhi CM? There are many ways to be CM and still cultivate a national presence. For example, he can go to Bengaluru and feign interest in learning more from this city so that he can use the same ideas in Delhi. This will flatter Bengaluru residents, while also establishing that he works for Delhi.

 This is not to say Kejriwal is not all that he seems. I have no doubt his anti-corruption intentions are clear. He will certainly use that as his calling card everywhere, and it is a strong card to play anywhere.

 But governing a state like Delhi can also dent his image, for real governance calls for many compromises in the actual running of an administration. A pure anti-corruption crusader cannot ensure governance, for corruption is not a black-and-white issue where there are good guys and bad guys. They are lots of grey areas to negotiate.

 Kejriwal's problem is that to nurture his political future, he had to first pretend Delhi was his only goal. But the truth is Delhi is too small for Kejriwal. He needed to say he will be CM for five years and yet stay away from it for seeding his own long-term game plan. Moreover, staying CM gives him visibility and a chance to make big speeches on formal occasions - something that would be denied to a mere party president. He can now travel the world to raise money from India's diaspora - just like the BJP does.

 Make no mistake, Kejriwal is not only what he claims to be. Delhi will get Paanch Saal Sisodia, while Kejriwal will spend the next Paanch Saal staking out his national political future even while remaining Delhi CM. He is India's shrewdest politician. The only thing that remains to be seen is if his political rivals go back to sleep or will work to call his bluff and be wary of him.

Also, over smart politicians tend to be too clever by half - as we saw in Delhi last year. Kejriwal has as much of a potential to self-destruct as anyone else. But his rivals - present and future - shouldn't be betting on his capacity to self-destruct. Kejriwal has also realised that his "ahankar" can prevent him from realising his dreams.

Only time will tell whether Kejriwal has evolved a new form of governance in Delhi where the only job of the leader is monitoring and feedback, or merely a more sophisticated version of the Sonia Gandhi system of power without responsibility.

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