Delhi poll results: A triumph of promise of change

For AAP, the challenge of proving that it can be a party of govt, not just of insurrection, will begin now.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2015 5:44 pm
AAP, arvind kejriwal, AAP win, aam aadmi party, delhi assembly polls, delhi assembly elections, delhi polls, delhi news, indian express This verdict also signals a transformative moment in the politics of the city.

The stunning sweep of the Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi election is, most of all, the triumph of the promise of change.

And a reminder that encapsulating the force of change into the appeal of the party or leader requires the hard, unrelenting and imaginative work of politics.

In 2014, Narendra Modi became the face of transformation at the Centre. But only months later, in 2015 in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has won, having successfully wrested that mantle from Modi, and in fact casting BJP-Modi in the role of the Establishment.

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This verdict also signals a transformative moment in the politics of the city.

With the AAP setting the tone, and the Congress and BJP reluctantly taking its cue, this campaign was fought on bijli-sadak-paani-sewer issues and on the daily corruption and harassment faced by the aam aadmi because of an absent or abdicating government.

For the AAP, the challenge of proving that it can be a party of government, not just of insurrection, will begin now. The BJP will have to ask itself whether arrogance and complacence have begun dimming the sheen of its 2014 victory.

And the Congress must know that it cannot just wait back and sit for its turn.

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  1. Harshil Barot
    Feb 10, 2015 at 11:19 pm
    Very Nice Happy Promise Day SMS, Quotes, Wishes, Images and Pictures... Thanks.. Happy Promise Day 2015 SMS Quotes
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    1. Brij Lal
      Feb 11, 2015 at 5:00 am
      Absolute victory of AAP shows that voters are more mature than our political leaders and know who can sauard their interests, and political leaders, however por they may be, they can not impose persons on them to be elected on them. It is an eye opening elections for National leaders of all political parties to be careful in future while nominating candidates for elections. It is the victory of Democracy and shows maturity of our people.
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        job
        Feb 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm
        I am sorry to say you people deserve what you get, poison pollution corruption and poverty: How can you vote for Hon Pm one day and without giving him a reasonable chance to implement change, you desert for another lover: you are fickle and deserve what you get, but I feel for the poor
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          Proud Indian
          Feb 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm
          Kejri better deliver on your promises and it should be fast.
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            Vaidy
            Feb 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm
            It is not the urge of change, but on the promises of AAP that Delhi voters selected the new government. While it remains to be seen how the promises would be kept, everybody would be equally interested whether AAP does it in 6 months time. If PM is expected to deliver on all promises India wide within six months, it is reasonable expect the same from CM of small union territory . We have seen such promises do bring out fantastic election results, such as in Tamil Nadu, ultimately state's economy went down considerably. Combative and selective governance is worst of form of service to the nation.
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