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What’s the fallout for 2014?
The Delhi Assembly polls has thrown up a never before verdict. AAP is assuming power as a minority government with outside support.

The fledgling party had to backtrack from its steadfast position of not forming the government with either the Congress or the BJP support, saying the two parties were different sides of the same coin, mired in corruption.

The people came out in unprecedently large numbers(at 67 per cent) reflecting the ire against the Congress that had mired itself in corruption since the Commonwealth Games (CWG). Worse still, was the unprecedented food inflation – prices of key vegetables had shot through the roof.

When you hit a man on his tummy, he hits you back hard. And that’s what the people of Delhi did. But the opinion was divided. The infuriated amongst the angry lot voted for an alternative whose candidates they neither knew nor wanted to know; they were ready to vote for the symbol, the Jadoo, Broom Stick. But the composed amongst the lot however felt that the BJP was a better alternative and voted the Kamal.

The end result was a fractured mandate. While the BJP took home 32, the marauder took 28 seats and was a faceless and unknown party going by the ubiquitous name of Aam Aadmi Ka Party (AAP), Common Man’s Party. The acronym also stands for YOU in Hindi. The YOU in question here is the common man who helped a complete political novice to get elected to the most prestigious state assembly of all.

The credit goes to a former bureaucrat, a soft spoken unassuming but very shrewd politician in the making, Arvind Kejriwal. He used the anti-corruption movement of Anna Hazare to full political advantage by launching first a political party with a down to earth election symbol, a Broom Stick, quite metaphorically used in campaign as an instrument to sweep aside a corrupt political system to offer corruption-free government. He used the electronic media TV networks, social media and internet to create a flutter for AAP ahead of the polls.

A success beyond expectations has now actually created a problem of sorts for the AAP. Political pundits opined that the AAP was expected to only make a mark by winning about 15 seats or so though public posturing was for a clean sweep. After gaining some breathing time, it hoped to pick up enough experience to contest a second time around and then win the polls with good numbers to be able to form a stable government and rule the state with some confidence.

But the apple cart was upset by its own admirers and supporters; the common people, for a while forgot the good work done by Congress Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, who had provided world-class infrastructure to Delhi besides launching and implementing a number of people-friendly programmes.

Despite being invited by the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, BJP’s chief minister designate Harsh Vardhan declined “I don’t have the numbers to form the government.”  The BJP think tank’s strategy was clear and very cleverly drafted. With general elections just six months away, and the mood swing of the people in its favour (the BJP had swept the polls in three other assembly states), it was a calculated gamble that they would muster the numbers in the re-poll when it’s held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls in 2014.

AAP however reads the situation differently and feels that the very same people frustrated by the fractured mandate could return more of its members in the re-poll to the Delhi assembly. Kejriwal has gone on record to say that they would now contest  530 Lok Sabha seats in the general elections of 2014.

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