ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Capital Battle

Can the massive victory of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi lead to a new national politics?

The scale of the victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly elections makes objective analysis somewhat difficult, since a party registering a 55% vote share and winning all but three seats in the state legislature lends itself to the sort of exaggerated Americanisms which journalists happily use for lesser events.

Delhi is a state without full powers and yet, this city–state is a bellwether for politics in India. It was for this reason that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) invested so much political (and actual) capital into this battle. That every trick of the trade, which ensured their victory in the general elections of May 2014, was tried and yet the people of Delhi voted so decisively against them is perhaps the biggest lesson of the result. The upswing for AAP was visible for some weeks prior to the voting, but it seems that in the days leading up to the voting there was a massive consolidation for AAP.

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