The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Debashis Biswas, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Arvind Kejriwal sacked Minister Asim Khan of his own Aam Aadmi Party on charges of bribe. This was done in a dramatic way and the minister was sacked on Live television at a Press conference called specifically for this. BJP and Congress dismissed the sacking, saying that Kejriwal is trying to make an event out of this.
At the Press conference, Kejriwal released an audio clip which was more of a sting operation against the Delhi Food and Health Minister over charges of corruption. He charged his minister for misusing his position, hence the stringent action was taken. Asim Khan however in his defence said that it was a conspiracy by political opponents. Critics of the Aam Admi Party say that it was more of a gimic rather than a step against corruption.
Though the step taken by the Delhi Chief Minister was uncalled for, and the minister could have been sacked in his office, in my opinion Kejriwal took a step for good. This would atleast make the corrupt ministers fear of getting exposed of taking bribes. Kejriwal’s suggestion to BJP to sack it’s corrupt Ministers like Vasundhara Raje is justified. Rather than making comments about how the sacking was done, Political parties should understand the reason behind it and punish the corrupt.