Populist promises such as free wi-fi and CCTVs might have made for catchy campaign slogans, but these mean little to the weary urban poor electorate in Delhi that has consistently experienced only neglect and misgovernance. The AAP's election manifesto certainly set the bar high, but Delhi is a hard city to govern. It is a confusing maze of local municipal bodies, state-level departments and autonomous agencies.
The resounding victory of the AAP owes more to the BJP's backfired strategies than anything else. For one, the BJP trotted out newly elected BJP MPs of various hues to address the people of Delhi. The people were exposed to the likes of Sakshi Maharaj and Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti who addressed rallies even after her controversial hate speech in Dwarka. That was enough to repel the middle classes, who despite their mandate for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections took a U-turn back to the AAP. Thanks from AAP should go to Amit Shah in this regard. But it is to Prime Minister Modi that they owe their greatest debt of gratitude.