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Issue No.: 573 | March 2015

The Delhi Jolt

Ashok Karnik
The Delhi election results have hit the BJP hard ......The simple truth is that the people trust Arvind Kejriwal’s word more than BJP’s. 

The Delhi election results have hit the BJP hard as it has halted its upward swing of winning one state after another. The Jammu & Kashmir election was not a setback as progressing from near zero to near power sharing could not be considered a defeat. Delhi was another matter as it wiped out the Congress and nearly extinguished the BJP. It did retain its share of the votes but after its clean sweep in the Lok Sabha election in Delhi, it was humiliating to emerge with a single digit score. For the AAP, after its disastrous Lok Sabha poll performance, this was almost the second coming! What made the people support a party they had rejected so decisively 9 months back? It is clear that people still hope for miracles and anybody promising a bigger pie in the sky is the choice of the people. BJP promised a lot during the Lok Sabha poll and although it cannot be dubbed as a failure, people are impatient for free goodies and instant amelioration of their grievances. AAP promised exactly that and the people jumped at it. 

The simple truth is that the people trust Arvind Kejriwal’s word more than BJP’s. BJP is searching for reasons for its defeat and coming up with various excuses like delay in finalizing candidates, selection of Kiran Bedi as the CM candidate, wrong election strategy, fulminations of some ‘Parivar’ leaders, etc., The real reason eludes the BJP: People expect quick fixes and, if after raising hopes, Modi has not delivered in 9 months, they would like to try out another messiah; he too may fail but that is for the future. Today’s message is loud and clear: We want results here and now! The dilemma for PM Modi would be whether the rest of the country would also be equally impatient and what he needs to do to show ground progress. Instant gratification is impossible; it is a glaring weakness of democracy as people get swayed by one promise or another and repent at leisure. Will AAP deliver now?

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