The Aam Aadmi Party’s stunning victory in the Delhi Assembly elections has many an Indian claiming about how the party was able to trounce the BJP. However, rumors of the defeat being a strategic plan by the BJP have started doing the rounds, with several factors pointing to the possibility. Case in point: the usually well organized BJP’s delay in announcing its candidate list and manifesto for the elections, and Modi’s startling decision to announce Kiran Bedi as the chief minister candidate. All this goes to show that the BJP may have voluntarily lost to the AAP in Delhi. But why? Here are a couple of possible explanations for the same.
Delhi continues to be a headache for the BJP
The BJP has never enjoyed a smooth run in Delhi, thanks mainly to impatient voters, intra -party disputes and the demand for immediate results following good governance. As such, attempting to control the capital could possibly prove to be a headache, which the BJP most likely wanted to gladly transfer to the AAP.
Divert Attention away from Modi
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Modi’s stunning victory and his government are coming out of their honeymoon period. Questions are being raised of his inability to deliver on the biggest election promise: bringing immediate results. The AAP’s victory would cause enough distraction to make the media and the people turn away from the BJP, and Modi for some time.
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Like the BJP, the AAP would need to get down to work immediately to deliver its election promises. With the voters demanding quick if not immediate results, Kejriwal would need to be on his toes at all times. However, with a center that would most likely oppose every single plan that the AAP dishes out, one can expect extended delays. The BJP hopes this would tarnish Kejriwal’s image and make the party lose its vote bank in the process, thus dropping out before the next Lok Sabha elections.
Keep AAP busy
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Like the BJP, which literally rode on the Namo wave, the AAP managed to win due to the charisma of its leader Kejriwal. As such, the one man army party does not have any other crowd puller who can concentrate on the other states in the country. This also means that the AAP would remain busy with Delhi for the next five years while the BJP enjoys control over all the other states in the country.
BJP’s loss to AAP in the concluded Delhi assembly elections is being purported as a voluntary move by the former. The factors mentioned above could highlight the reasons why Modi chose to get defeated by Kejriwal in the nation’s capital.