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.
Department of Economics, University of Delhi
Krishnakumar S is with Department of Economics, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
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