One bull in a china shop is bad enough, but two is a recipe for disaster, quipped a wag this week as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “coward and a psychopath” and followed it up with a frontal attack on his Union finance minister and the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) at whose helm Arun Jaitley was till he resigned in December 2013. The instigation, of course, had been the CBI raid on Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, ostensibly for a corruption case.
Having reached a breaking point, a point of no return, it is difficult to see how the Centre and the Delhi government can return to a normal, working relationship. With both the BJP and the AAP having won massive popular mandates, ideally their governments should complete their five-year terms. But with the BJP hell-bent on hobbling the working of the AAP government at every step, could it be that the central government is, slowly but surely, building up a case to dismiss the state government on grounds of a constitutional breakdown? Was the CBI’s fishing expedition then a test of Kejriwal’s patience, and did he oblige with his intemperate remarks and finger-wagging?