What are some possible reasons for Arvind Kejriwal's resignation as Chief Minister?
Aww, look at all of us kids here turning into conspiracy theorists.Honestly, had it been someone else, it would have been fun for me to wonder "what could the million-dollar reason be", what could be the "game-plan" behind the dramatic move, where are the "masterminds" headed, yada yada yada; but with AAP and Kejriwal, meh, little left to the imagination. Short answer: Kejriwal resigned to get things straight and put some important points into people's perspective, and to clearly convey the message that "we are serious". But before anything else, it is worth listening to AAP's spokesperson about their reasons for quitting because honestly, they are quite candid about it themselves: AAP spokesperson Prithvi Reddy on why Arvind Kejriwal quitLonger answer: He gave the people of India a substantial glimpse of the kind of governance AAP has to offer: 49 days, edge-of-the-seat action, lots of things done—some more right than the others, lots of questions taken and bravely answered, some very interesting and convincing interviews given, lots of bold statements made—all in all, a very visible and out there picture painted by AAP in a rather short period of time. Like them or hate them, you just could not ignore them. Even if you are one of those who take zero interest in politics, you still have the key-words to discuss AAP—free water, FIR against Mukesh Ambani, accusations on BJP and Congress leaders, talks of media bias, something to do with subsidies in electricity-bills, sleeping on the roads to protest, no red-beacons on VIP vehicles, Somnath Bharti's night-raid, CAG audit, more audits... and so it goes. Those who know better, or would like to know better, can refer to this: Aam Aadmi party report card: What Kejriwal's govt achieved in its 49 days - Hindustan TimesSo, you know that they have been around doing or saying something or the other, accusing someone or the other, and presenting some paper or the other. You probably don't approve of their methods or do, you probably doubt their intentions or don't, but the point is, irrespective of who you are or how (un)interested you are in the entire scheme of things, they gave you the trailer. Want to see more? Want to know what happens next? Get the tickets to see the whole movie. POINT MADE. Quoting Kejriwal from his interview with Barkha Dutt:We have left it in the hands of people, if they want us back in power, they will have to vote us into powerThe Janlokpal Bill—the bone of contention, the crux of the whole movement starting from Anna's sudden rise to the surge of AAP, and you underestimate its importance? Of course it cannot be the only reason for Kejriwal to resign, but it sure is the main reason for his resignation. Bending over the issue of the Lokpal bill would have been a much stronger indicator of failure than going easy with the promises about using ministerial privileges (read: cars and houses) which, despite being trivial, had earned Kejriwal and party a lot of flak. (sic)Why didn't they stick around and try to get it done? Let's hear it from Prashant Bhushan himself (source: Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation will go in AAP’s favour: Prashant Bhushan)Q. But shouldn't you have persevered longer to get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed? BJP and the Congress were not opposed to the content but they wanted you to table it with the Centre's consent.PB: If we had sent the Bill to the Centre, they would have objected to it on some pretext or the other. The proposed law would have been stuck there. Moreover, the Congress and the BJP were opposing the introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill for very small and irrelevant reasons. They were not relying on the Constitution of the country, but on some rule of an Act. The Constitution says that even if prior approval (of the Centre) is required, the passage of the Bill in the assembly is not rendered illegal or unconstitutional. The passed law would have to go to the president subsequently. But the opposition parties were not ready for that. We did not form the government to enjoy the perks of governance. If we can't even change the system to make it cleaner and participatory then what is the point of staying in power.They felt that the Congress and BJP would never let the bill become a reality after the FIR against Ambani because it was a pretty good picture of what they intend to do with the Lokpal. Quoting Kejriwal from the interview again:Our inside information was that they will create a ruckus, but allow the Bill to pass. However, after our move against Mukesh Ambani, we got information that they will not allow the bill to be passed.Now really, were they wrong? Knowing the Congress-BJP brand of politics, does anybody really think waiting would have led to anything?If their minority is a weakness, they would rather quit and come back only after they have gained the strength to fight. Congress-BJP games are not going to have them dance around like puppets. POINT MADE.Gives them an edge for the Lok-Sabha elections: In light of #1 and #2, and everything else that is hard to classify, the resignation certainly increases their chances of being voted for by the people because it adds to their credibility, among other things. There are people who were dubious about their style of politics, but are so intrigued and upset that the show ended so soon that they might vote for them just to see how they intend to change things on a large scale, or to simply enjoy seeing BJP and Congress crash on their faces, as revenge for all the years of exploitation.And that's what AAP folks feel too. Quoting Prashant Bhushan from the same interview: Q. How do you view the resignation from an electoral perspective?PB: I am sure the people will see that the Congress and BJP got together to bring down this government. And this happened immediately after an FIR was registered against Mukesh Ambani. I hope the media will also report the events correctly so that the people are not misled. But I think this [resignation] will go in the party's favour.They have learned that they must get their hands dirty if they want to clean the mess. They are steadily getting in shape to prepare for the battle. They cannot succeed without taking people along so they are being as open about their ideas and intentions as possible. This is their style of politics and they are brazenly playing it because they know it is the only way for them to succeed in their motives—whatever you may say they are is another debate. Basically, they know their shit. POINT MADE. There is so much more I can say, but honestly, I don't think I need to. Like I already said, AAP folks are pretty vocal and candid about their reasons for resignation and everything else for that matter. Go watch their interviews and press-conferences, go read their blogs, go read their interview transcripts, you will get the answers. It's nothing "mysterious". Transparency and bluntness, I tell you. No spice. Yawn.