“Hanooz Dilli Door Ast”

Prof.  N.K. Singh

Prof.  N.K. SinghThis was uttered by Nizamudin Aulya who cared for common people but a King had threatened to finish him after returning to Delhi from a campaign. When Sufi saint was told this, he said this that Delhi is far off yet. And as it happened, the king died while entering Delhi due to accident. It is used to describe the situation when one counts the chickens before they are hatched. Today in Delhi every political party is saying the same to others. The fiercest battle for Delhi supremacy is being fought this time between political parties who are vying for power. After getting debunked in last election where out of 400 and odd candidates it lost deposit of almost all AAP has grown wiser. But the beginning itself was wrong as any new party should have started with small state and put all its resources to gain power in one and later expanded itself. Famous story of Chander Gupta and Chanakya getting defeated in the battle with King of Patliputra narrates two fugitives in a forest taking shelter in a home. The house wife is cooking meal and giving to her children when a child singes her hand when she tries to break a hot Chapati in the centre. The women, who did not know that her guests were famous duo, rebuked her child saying ‘Don’t try to foolishly act like Chander Gupta who is trying to attack centre whereas the right course is to take a small victory in the small place and then build up. So break your chapatti in small measure and then attack its main part”. When both the guests heard it they were enlightened and without taking food left the home. They acted on her advice e and won battles in the small measure to finally attack the main force at Patliputra. This story had not been read by the leaders of AAP and on winning a battle with Sheila Dixit they got so excited that they threw the biggest challenge to fight with PM candidate Modi in Varanasi. They squandered their resources and fell flat. Now they are fighting where in small measure they have some resource and giving their best do or die performance. This goes in favor of AAP and they are likely to gain from it.

AAP floundered after their short term escape from government of 49 days time and again. Varanasi was misadventure as well as spreading too thin in giving tickets all over. Now again they have shown that they can indulge in theatrics by telling false stories such as Kejriwal creating sensation after reaching Varanasi that there will be attack on him but nothing happened, five attacks with stone, shoes and ink have taken place which they blamed on the BJP but it turned out all by his own members. They charged 11 ministers of UPA with corruption and Gadkari too. They failed to prove any charge and had to apologize to Gadkari. Kejriwal refused to follow court order and went to jail and later compromised. Dharna was staged by CM and for three days, Delhi was paralyzed for suspending policemen in Bharathi-women episode and later only two police men sent to leave satisfied them. Latest in the series of such misconduct is the declaration of Kejriwal to his followers ‘Take money from the BJP and Congress but vote for us. If they don’t give, go to their offices and demand money.’ The Congress has already filed a case for breach of code of conduct with Election Commission. Such a declaration is nothing short than open anarchism. Still he commands crowds and failure of Congress to come up will benefit him. I think even four seats of Muslim candidates who won last time will go to AAP and Congress will be loser. Kejrwal has faced exodus from his party, there is race to join the BJP. No longer had I found in Delhi three-wheelers carrying his posters as was the case last time. I counted only 2 out of 80 displaying his posters. What is the secret of his still popularity is a puzzle. I asked in Delhi a number of so-called experts and they forecast a hung assembly in Delhi. A BJP fan whispered to me “I have support for the BJP but will vote for AAP’, surprised I asked him ‘Why?’. His answer was’ there should be some shor shraba and acrobatics’. Is it his entertainment value for the young or his anarchist posture that lures people? The political situation in Delhi is fluid with AAP and BJP in stiff fight and Congress not likely to retain its own seats in the outcome. Finally there is probability of BJP forming the government and in that case AAP in good number could be an obstructive opposition. But hanooz dilli door ast and no one is sure.

Bus Stand

First Passenger: Why officials of Himachal instead of preparing a debt ridden budget are reading Ghalib?

Second Passenger: They are reciting ‘Karz ki peete the maie aur yeh samajhate the ki han/Rang layegi hamari faqa masti ek din’

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