Arvind Kejriwal did go to Farrukhabad and came back to Delhi too. Good sense returned to Salman Khurshid and he did not execute his threat, in which he had said that Arjun Kejriwal would indeed reach Farrukhabad, but how will he return. It meant that either stones would have been thrown at Arvind Kejriwal or bullets would have been fired — neither of this happened. For this, Salman Khurshid and the Congressmen of Farrukhabad should be congratulated, but what the people of Farrukhabad say is something different. For a very long time Salman Khurshid’s father represented Farrukhabad in the Lok Sabha and the Government. After this Salman Khurshid himself represented Farrukhabad in the Lok Sabha, but Farrukhabad is still the same stagnant district which it was at the time of Independence. Farrukhabad is indeed proud that it gave India a President — Dr. Zakir Hussain, but the people of Farrukhabad did not get any benefit from this matter of pride either. Salman Khurshid became a powerful Minister of India twice, but apart from the Zakir Hussain Trust he never turned his vision towards the development of Farrukhabad.
A railway line passes through Farrukhabad, but high speed passenger trains do not run on it. In the 3 months of the winter season, the Kalindi Express, the only train from Delhi to Farrukhabad is stopped, but a powerful Minister like Salman Khurshid in incapable of keeping this train running. Many of the trains can go to Kanpur through this route, but Salman Khurshid does not have so much of time or he does not want that the people of Farrukhabad or the people of this region should travel comfortably, this is the reason that this rail line is only used for the passage of goods trains. Neither are there industries, nor is there employment, but the power of the Minister’s post is increasing day by day. The increase of this power gives birth to pride, gives birth to vanity and may be this pride has given birth to this fear in the mind of Salman Khurshid that Farrukhabad has become his feudal estate. So he said that Arvind Kejriwal will indeed reach Farrukhabad, but how will he return. Salman Khurshid was known for his decent language among the common people, but that decency was probably his mask. The true Salman Khurshid was that who was seen to be a short while ago. A boastful, proud, person who threatens and impervious to the pain of Farrukhabad, ignorant or uncaring of its discomforts. One such individual, who believes every person in Farrukhabad to be his slave, a commodity that could be bought.
But on 1 November the people of Farrukhabad showed that they are not like this. They assembled in very large numbers at Arvind Kejriwal’s and gave the message that they are equally worried about the problems of the country, like people in other parts of the country. A much larger crowd was in evidence at the meeting of Arvind Kejriwal than the crowd which gathers at the meetings of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Salman Khurshid had to sweat it out to muster up a crowd for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, but the crowd which came to Kejriwal’s meeting was not even an ‘arranged’ crowd — it was that of a completely spontaneous crowd of people troubled by circumstances. Anyway, the meaning of Congress in Farrukhabad is Salman Khurshid himself. If Salman Khurshid does not now pay attention to Farrukhabad then he will also have to face the same result, which was seen by his wife Louise Khurshid, which means fourth place and security deposit forfeited.
When will Salman Khurshid understand that Farrukhabad is not the Supreme Court where you are demolishing your opposing lawyer with arguments. The lawyer of the Supreme Court takes his fees and if he wins the case of his client then it is a very good thing and if he loses then it does not make any difference, but if a people’s representative adopts this attitude then the faith of the people of his constituency is broken.
There was no opposition to Arvind Kejriwal anywhere in Farrukhabad. Fifteen to twenty people were standing at three places with black flags and in one of the places they scuffled with the people going to the assembly and the television channels who are desirous of Salman Khurshid’s favour showed this many times throughout the day, as if Kejriwal was being fiercely opposed and as if the workers of the Congress workers had come on the streets. The people of Farrukhabad were laughing after looking at the clipping of the television. There was only one clip which was being shown repeatedly. From this at least one thing came to be known that the will of the people, the power of the people is on one side and the favour of the leader, the power of the leader, money of the leader on another side. If Salman Khurshid can understand this one particular thing, it would be very good. The belief among the public is more strong and important than legal arguments. Judicial trials, judicial arguments do not confuse the public any more.
If it gets set in the minds of the people of Farrukhabad that your interest does not lie in thinking about the development of Farrukhabad, instead even if the small amount that would be coming for the disabled of Farrukhabad does not reach them properly then no other individual would be responsible for this, Salman Khurshid himself would be taken to task for this. Salman Khurshid should be made to understand all these things through his friends, because I still believe that Salman Khurshid at the fundamental level is not a bad person, but responsibilities towards the society, problems of the people and standing by them in their pain and grief is very essential for a people’s representative. When will Salman Khurshid understand that Farrukhabad is not the Supreme Court where you are demolishing your opposing lawyer with arguments. The lawyer of the Supreme Court takes his fees and if he wins the case of his client then it is a very good thing and if he loses then it does not make any difference, but if a people’s representative adopts this attitude then the faith of the people of his constituency is broken.
Arvind Kejriwal has infused new life into Farrukhabad. Farrukhabad was like an unknown constituency on the map of India. Aaj Tak made a few disclosures about the Zakir Hussain Trust run by the representative of Farrukhabad, Salman Khurshid. Arvind Kejriwal made those disclosures his issues and today Farrukhabad is a much talked about name on the tongues of the people of the entire country. The people of Farrukhabad do not have a very big wish. They just want that they get some schools, get some hospitals, get 3 to 4 cemented roads which connect to the city, even if they do not get employment, but get options for self employment, their powerful representative should get established a few small industries for them and that passenger trains should pass through the railway track which passes through the district.
If Salman Khurshid does not have the power to do all these then at least he should be seen fighting in favour of these few demands of the people, but there is a condition : that this fight would not be considered a fight while he remains a powerful member of the Cabinet. For this, while remaining an ordinary member of the Congress, while being a simple Member of the Parliament he will have to fight with the Prime Minister and with the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh also. In a major part of the last 65 years, the people of Farrukhabad have witnessed deception. They made Members of Parliament by giving their votes in the name of caste, in the name of religion ; in return the Members of Parliament mostly broke the hopes of Farrukhabad. The people of Farrukhabad too became so disappointed that they do not even think any longer of saying something or raising their voices about their hopes. This story is not only of Farrukhabad, a majority of the election constituencies of the country are the victims of this situation and they are also doled out this type of disappointment from their representatives. Now it is up to the people of the country whether they oppose this type of situation or will wait to experience one more deception.