Five instances when Arvind Kejriwal found it tough to keep his word

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Delhi’s newly elected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may have managed to capture hearts and win votes by offering people-centric governance and politics of hope. But his changing stance on various issues have raised doubts about whether he is actually the political ‘messiah’ India has been waiting for.

From being reluctant on government formation in Delhi to accepting support from the Congress, from denying government bungalows to thinking of shifting to a five-bedroom duplex, from saying no to vote-bank politics to meeting a controversial Muslim cleric, Kejriwal has contradicted himself, made U-turns and dealt with the extremes.

So when, following Aam Aadmi Party’s announcement that it would be contesting Lok Sabha elections, Kejriwal clarified that he would not be contesting for the PM’s post, there were those who wondered if this was another decision that could be overturned by popular demand.

There is a strong reason for such speculation. Here are five instances when the activist-turned-politician Kejriwal failed to stick to a stand.

1. Kejriwal had time and again ruled out taking support of any political party to form the government in Delhi, saying it would prefer to play the role of a “constructive Opposition”. “The results are a message to established political parties like Congress and BJP to change the way they do their politics. If they do not reform, the people will throw them out,” Kejriwal had said after making a spectacular debut in the Assembly elections. He kept repeating that AAP will not take or back support to either Congress or BJP for government formation. However, after Congress offered outside support and AAP held a weeklong ‘referendum’, he did not have a problem going back on his statements and staking claim to form the government.

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