The landslide victory of AAP in Delhi on Tuesday sent netizens into a turmoil as they flooded social networking sites with messages congratulating Arvind Kejriwal and his party. BJP supporters those who were involved in promoting their party and attacking Kejriwal all through the elections, were away from the internet. I think, they might have gone in coma. Modi’s twitter group was silent and confused. Interestingly, even in such a short span of time, AAP has successfully strengthened its base in Delhi. This time rather than just relying on social media and television interviews, AAP used a different style of campaigning to reach out to each voter. Through flash mobs, AAP grabbed many eyeballs. The Delhi election was considered as significant, since a victory for BJP would have increased the party’s confidence ahead of assembly polls in Bihar and West Bengal. A defeat for BJP in the national capital may harm Modi’s probabilities of combining power in other states.
AAP has really stunned people of this country, especially political analysts and leaders. No one ever thought BJP would be let out with three seats and Congress is finished here. Indeed, it is a historical victory in Delhi for AAP. BJP must have learnt a lesson from this defeat. AAP victory is a big tight slap on Delhi BJP unit where all its leaders were dreaming to be a chief minister of the state. Their groupism, fighting within and negative agenda caused their defeat. BJP were lacking issues in the election that’s why they attacked Kejriwal and tried spreading negativity in the vicinity. Even Modi forgot his profile and criticised Kejriwal during his Delhi rallies. Over confidence of BJP and overrated Modi waves have were broke by AAP’s humble approach. Now, the AAP’s rule in Delhi for the next five years will set an example. AAP will have to work diligently and do need -based tasks related to the development of people. The people have given indications that they had chosen a wrong PM and based on its 9 months performance have rejected BJP. The defeat for BJP is bitter because it had won all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the last year’s general elections. The party’s gamble of making Bedi its Chief Ministerial candidate back fired. The only saving grace for the BJP was victory of its former state unit president Vijender Gupta who won from Rohini.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced his first state election downfall since coming to power last year. This time too, unleashing a slew of promises from 24/7 electricity, portability of electricity services, a corruption-free system to building a house for every slum dweller, Modi tried to pitch the development agenda. However, he failed to woo voters despite his high-pitched campaigns. Though, Modi’s popularity has had a lion’s share in the BJP’s victory so far, it seems that the ‘Modi wave’ is fading away. In the recently held by-polls too, BJP hardly managed to win any seats. In Maharashtra, BJP emerged as the largest party, but failed to get a complete mandate despite Modi conducting 25 rallies.
Besides, it is the need for the time to change. Due to this ‘turning point,’ Janta will be able to simultaneously watch progress card of India by BJP in central government and by AAP in Delhi. So, whoever will be better will find place in Lok Sabha after 4 years. Delhi voters had made their minds to see Modi as PM and Kejriwal as their CM. Both the time, they gave clear mandate. Arvind Kejriwal and AAP may finally put breaks to Modi’s juggernaut. Delhi polls in which AAP got a clear mandate, despite BJP deploying all of its ministers, members of parliament, VHP, RSS, Kiran Bedi, current bête noir and past colleague of Kejriwal from the anti-corruption agitation and finally its campaigner-in-chief and showman Modi, should force them to take a step back and rethink its political and electoral strategy. The message is ‘stop selling and start delivering’! People were fed up with the earlier politics and gave a chance to clean and progressive politics.
AAP had a much sustained focus on general civic issues like electricity and water. Kiran Bedi was also a negative factor for BJP. Naturally, Kejriwal projected himself as common man and ‘one of us’. I hope he will sticks to realistic goals! If you look back to 2013 Delhi Assembly elections then 80 per cent of Congress votes were transferred to AAP. Since Delhi electorate wanted this, BJP has gracefully accepted it. Delhi is the most pampered city in India. Throughout the election campaign, the Congress party, which was decimated to 44 seats in Lok Sabha polls, was nowhere considered in the fight between Aam Aadmi Party and BJP. A major portion of the Congress vote has perhaps shifted to the Aam Aadmi Party.
The exit polls had predicted first place for AAP, second place for the Bharatiya Janata Party while the Congress was placed at a distant third. Compared to the last assembly polls, the number of voters have increased significantly from 11.9 million to 13 million this time. The increased numbers of voters and converting the Congress votes in their favour have played a vital role in tipping the scales towards AAP.
Kejriwal will take oath as Chief Minister on February 14 at the Ramlila Grounds, the platform that launched him during the days of “India Against Corruption” exactly one year after he stepped down. As the voting trends trickled in showing a massive landslide for AAP, Modi called Kejriwal over phone to congratulate him over his victory. He assured Kejriwal of Centre’s complete support in the development of Delhi. I hope, Kejriwal and his cabinet will deliver what they have promised to the people.
I wish them all the success.
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