From Modi wave to Bhagora tag, Arvind Kejriwal countered all to help AAP sweep Delhi

The AAP victory in Delhi is remarkable given that it made its political debut just two years ago.

Written by Nishant Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: February 10, 2015 11:11:17 pm
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The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party stunned all political analysts on Tuesday sweeping Delhi polls with a historic mandate. The poll results in Delhi saw AAP bagging 67 seats while a mighty BJP finished with just three. The Congress, which ruled the national capital for 15 years, failed to open its account. The AAP victory in Delhi is remarkable given that it made its political debut just two years ago. But this win is also a victory over five other things.

1. A win over invincible Modi wave: Kejriwal unsuccessfully contested against Narendra Modi from Varanasi in the Lok Sabha polls. The Modi juggernaut catapulted BJP to power at the centre before routing the Congress governments in Maharashtra and Haryana and securing a decent win in Jharkhand. BJP’s performance in Jammu and Kashmir election was also emphatic. However, the result in Delhi saw an invincible Modi wave crushed under Kejriwal’s tsunami.

2. A win over the ‘Bhagora’ tag: Arvind Kejriwal was labelled a ‘Bhagora’ for resigning after 49 days. But, a candid apology followed by a methodical and meticulous approach to the task at hand worked for Kejriwal and Co. It was an uphill task to win back people’s confidence and get rid of the deserter tag promoted by his rivals. The poll results show that people of Delhi believe that the ‘man in a hurry’ will live upto their expectations.

3. A win over mutiny: After the Lok Sabha debacle, most of Kejriwal’s aides like Shazia Ilmi, Vinod Binny quit the Aam Aadmi Party. His one time associate Kiran Bedi too maintained distance from him. Some  blaming Kejriwal’s autocratic attitude, others finding fault in his brand of politics. But, as it stands today, the parting of ways has exposed the deserters more than the man himself.

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4. A win over BJP’s masterstroke: The projection of Kiran Bedi as chief ministerial candidate by winning her away from the Anna camp was seen as a masterstroke by some political analysts. But, now the same pundits have started calling the move a political suicidal by the BJP.

5. A win over negative campaign: The AAP chief was often termed opportunist, an autocratic, anarchist and a ‘dharneabaz’ by the opposition. He was ridiculed in the social media and on radio channels. Negative campaigns and numerous cases against Kejriwal in the Election Commission didn’t influence people’s confidence in Kejriwal.

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