Historic victory of AAP shows that country men have been bored with deep rooted corruption in the system.

India’s Arvind Kejriwal makes an epic comeback
Arvind
Kejriwal is headed for a landslide win
As political comebacks go, Arvind Kejriwal’s is surely epic.
Written off by his rivals and the media after suffering a
drubbing at the hands of Narendra Modi’s resurgent BJP in last May’s general
elections,
India’s most famous anti-corruption campaigner has
bounced back
.
The former tax inspector took on a ruling party at the
peak of its power and felled it in the national capital. For sheer symbolism,
Mr Kejriwal’s victory in Delhi is astounding, the proverbial David slaying the
all-mighty Goliath. The 
scale of the BJP’s defeat makes Mr Kejriwal’s win truly extraordinary.
How did
India’s most powerful and richest party – with its charismatic leader, fabled
organisational skills and political nous – get it so wrong?
A little over a year ago, the BJP picked up 32 of 70
seats in 
hung elections to
the Delhi state assembly. Last May, it took all seven of the capital’s
parliamentary seats, as well as bordering the capital. It rolled out the heavy
artillery against Mr Kejriwal in Delhi – Mr Modi himself led the campaign,
helped by nearly two dozen federal ministers and 120 MPs. But to no avail.
“This is not just a defeat for the BJP, this is a decimation in a
high-profile election,” says Swapan Dasgupta, a columnist who is no
admirer of Mr Kejriwal.
For one, Mr Kejriwal launched his campaign to regain
Delhi as early as last July. Most believe the anti-corruption campaigner’s
masterstroke was telling people that he was sorry for 
quitting in haste after
a chaotic 49-day stint in power following 
an impressive debut in the December 2013 state polls. He went to every
neighbourhood and slum to beg forgiveness. “We have made a mistake”,
he told people, “but we haven’t sinned.” In a country where
politicians are increasingly seen as aloof and arrogant, Mr Kejriwal’s
atonement worked wonders. Every comeback needs true believers, and Delhi’s
voters believed him.
Mr Kejriwal also drove a positive – and populist –
campaign 
focusing on Delhi.
The BJP surprised many by running a personal campaign against Mr Kejriwal. It
was, most said, bound to backfire.
The fact that Mr Kejriwal’s party won more than half of
the popular vote – the highest by any party in Delhi ever – also points to the
fact that his supporters transcended class and religion: the poor and the
minorities appear to have backed him, and a large section of the middle class,
which had deserted him, returned. One young professional, who voted for the BJP
in May, told me he was voting for Mr Kejriwal this time because he was unnerved
by 
Mr Modi’s failure to gag his party’s radical fringe.
But more importantly, say analysts like Neerja Chowdhury,
“voters in Delhi also reacted to the BJP’s arrogance of power”. The
BJP is a cadre-based party with deep roots in Delhi. Analysts say voters did
not take kindly to former policewoman 
Kiran Bedi being
introduced at the last-minute as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate. Also,
Mr Kejriwal represents what many say is a refreshing brand of unostentatious
politics, far removed from the flashy political culture associated with both
the BJP and Congress. “Hope has returned,” said AAP leader Yogendra
Yadav.
The AAP
got support from all sections of the population in Delhi
It won’t
be easy. Mr Kejriwal faces considerable challenges in governing one of the
world’s megacities. Although petty corruption was kept in check, his shambolic
49-day government did not inspire much confidence. Delhi is a complex
city-state where 40% of the people are migrants and faces serious problems with
water, electricity, housing, air pollution and choking traffic. Can Mr Kejriwal
shed his activist mode and make the kind of compromises that come with
governance? Analyst Ashish Nandy says the AAP’s win is a “return to
politics of populism”. But just how much populism can Delhi – and India –
afford?
For Mr
Modi and the BJP, defeat marks the end of the honeymoon period and they are
stripped of their aura of invincibility.
Now,
fractious – and largely discredited – opposition parties across the country
will be emboldened and begin believing they can take on the BJP. That will be
easier said than done. Congress, which has drawn a complete blank for the first
time in Delhi, appears to be facing an existential crisis. “This is a big
morale booster for India’s opposition parties,” says Neerja Chowdhury. But
it will take a lot more effort to translate that spirit into votes against the
BJP across the country.

2 comments on Historic victory of AAP shows that country men have been bored with deep rooted corruption in the system.

  1. India's Arvind Kejriwal makes an epic comeback
    Arvind Kejriwal is headed for a landslide win
    As political comebacks go, Arvind Kejriwal's is surely epic.
    Written off by his rivals and the media after suffering a drubbing at the hands of Narendra Modi's resurgent BJP in last May's general elections,India's most famous anti-corruption campaigner has bounced back.

  2. Now who addressed this most honest politician in India still as anarchist must apologize for their uncivilized act. Arvind Kejrival proved that public wants honesty and transparency in the system and don't like those leaders who are amassing huge through illegal practice. Undoubtedly electorates of Delhi saved the country at this crucial time.

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