What worked for AAP and failed for BJP?

What worked for AAP and failed for BJP?


Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal saw amazing victory in Delhi Elections 2015. BJP had to face big failure while Congress was swiped out totally. What led to the fall of Congress is no more a news with Rahul Gandhi proving to be just not fit for politics but subsiding of BJP wave was not so predictable. It seems obvious that the Obama chemistry and Bedi's entry did not pay well for BJP. While Kejriwal benefited from accusations, the same could not be said about Modi led government. Delhi has its hopes high on the new CM with his ingenuous ideas and promises. Time shall bring forth their actions and the consequences shall always be directly proportional to it just as it did for BJP this time.

BJP's failure:

1. Even the wily Amit Shah and the impressive PM Modi failed to appease Delhi when they ignored the promises made during elections. Nobody is spared in a democracy and Delhi had every reason to demand an answer. Being eight months in power and not being able to deliver anything to improve lives of people in the capital was a failure that had to payback. Communal tensions of low intensity had broken up towards the end of year and nothing as such was done by the ruling government to stop it. Attacks on churches few days before the election and the PM silence over it angered Delhiites who are not less troubled by low living conditions and dignity for common people.

2. Hate speeches of the allies of Modi including RSS, VHP and their moral policing was not prohibited by Modi government and people saw in them the motive to promote Hindutva instead of development in India which was supposed to be the core agenda of party during or so they said during election campaigns. People are more aware of the consequences that communal hatred leads to and the losses faced by common people during such situations and Delhi was determined not give in to the hate speeches of corrupt politicians.

3. There could have been differences within the party workers when they were ignored and power was not allocated to them after the win in 2014. Instead of naming a long time party worker as the CM candidate, Kiran Bedi, an outsider was brought to stand against AAP. Kiran Bedi's entry into BJP saw more controversy than enthusiasm. Her tweets against Modi and her sudden approval of him was seen as her being an opportunist.

4. While majority of Delhi's population is grieving for basic human rights like water and electricity, Modi Government was seen spending crores on the visit of foreign ministers and their security. Safety of women is a major issue in Delhi that saw no improvement in this facet while high security arrangements was seen prior to and during the American president's visit. Another such instance that could have left the mob doubtful is the 10 lacs suit monogrammed with PM Modi's name. Cover pages of newspapers with Modi's picture also raised doubts.

5. Allegations on AAP's election funding backfired and the consequence was questions raised on their own funds. Apart from this incident, their constant nicknaming Kejriwal for his resignation last year and in turn not being attacked in this regard made people doubtful on their real intentions. Kejriwal not only took the jibes in a positive way but also went ahead to correct his mistakes accepting them and apologizing earnestly without fake explanations or defending his act. This is totally opposed to what BJP has been doing about its people offending others and then refusing to take the blame.


1. Kejriwal and his party's appeal to the common people of Delhi was effective indeed and he was able to assure the people that he could give them better living and most importantly, a corruption free Delhi. Right from the very beginning it has been the agenda of AAP to eradicate corruption in politics and Delhi being the capital has been the most tormented of corruption. People saw in him a hope for clean and selfless political system in the country and the Lokpal bill of course, to which BJP has turned a deaf ear.

2. His resignation was a big gamble involving a lot of risk but he still took it after defeating the oldest political party of the country and resigning in 49 days. The gamble paid off when he came back and apologized, sticking to his old agendas instead of forming new ones just for the sake of election campaigning just as any other party would have done. People see in him an honest leader who has the courage to accept mistakes and rectify them in future. Delhi grieving with electricity and water problems could not say no to their only hope.

3. While AAP stuck to giving people reasons to vote for them, outlining their objectives and making better use of social media to propagate them, BJP was sort of overconfident when they missed this part in this election. BJP was busy accusing AAP, giving people reasons why they should refrain from voting back Kejriwal, and hence forgetting to outline their own objectives of what they plan to do for Delhi. Negative campaigning versus positive vibes is an easy fight to predict the outcome.

4. In the short span that Kejriwal formed government in Delhi last time saw lowering of corruption at the street level. The bad news was that the corruption returned back when AAP resigned. This has given Delhi high hopes from the AAP for a better administration in Delhi and to curb corruption from the roots to the tips.

5. Congress' vote back was gone and supporters needed a new name to put their hopes on. AAP was their only rescue and they happily poured their votes in his favour. Poor section of the society was AAP's vote bank right from the very beginning but this time middle class and higher middle class also sae hopes for better administration in his rule. Poorvanchali votes also had every reason to pour into AAP's favour, eventually paying off with a huge victory.


It is clear that whatever seems to have worked in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party backfired on BJP and they did not the least anticipated such a huge loss. Call it overconfidence or turning blind with powers, they did not do much to assure Delhi of any sort of 'acche din' - the dying slogan of the party. All they did was highlighting the visits of foreign leaders and talking big about PM Modi. They did not invite the ex-CM Kejriwal to the republic day parade while the aspiring CM Bedi was invited. Delhi knows what it wants and is determined to get the plans executed and not just talked about. No Wi-Fi and smart city module but corruption free Delhi with good electricity and water supply is what they ask for.
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  • RE: What worked for AAP and failed for BJP? -aana sinha (02/17/15)
  • AAP:
    as both the parties were commenting on the background of each other. they were pointing every ministers without any reasons because they want to win the delhi election. As aap gave every good reasons for winning the elections, like they will provide cheap electricity, provide good water supply, transportation, cctv , main and the most security to the women, as this issue has been raised by every party but aap contribution on this topic was totally different, these were the issues which lead aap to head over the delhi

    BJP failure:
    the main reason of the bjp failure was the introducing of new candidate Kiran Bedi for the CM post, which didnt increase the hope for the delhi, delhi people thinking may be like of tha if the candidate is new how she will run the govt of delhi without knowing abcd of politics, although she done very good campaign bt she failed, and many speeches of the leaders may loose the interset of the delhi people in giving vote to the bjp.
  • RE: What worked for AAP and failed for BJP? -Deepa Kaushik (02/16/15)
  • BJP is a political party, complete in itself. Mr. Modi is just a member of BJP, as any other member. Propagating Modi chant for the central power is different from that for the election campaigning for the state. BJP took the point incorrectly that the Modi chant will pave the way for a big victory in Delhi elections.

    Modi was a PM candidate for which he campaigned and is working well in his position and authority. But when it comes to the CM power, Delhites would definitely look out for the candidate who would be contesting on behalf of BJP. It is very obvious that Modi would not be running the Delhi Government, and if at all he attempts to do that, it would be like making the CM a puppet which would be a highly unfair game. BJP wasn’t able to decide their CM candidate till the final few days; and all they ended up was with a candidate who had been favouring opposition party in the last elections and very fresh in the world of politics. This passed the message of a dilemma state within BJP and a no-confidence feel passed on to the masses for the party.

    Conversely, AAP was very much determinant on their CM candidate. Their manifesto and campaigning was a lot more matured and clear as compared to the last elections. Again, Kejriwal didn’t try to escape or elope the set of questionnaire as to why he resigned the post. It is acceptable that AAP was not well prepared for the Lok Sabha elections and their candidature was not enough to compete the Modi chant for the power at the Centre. At the same time, we cannot deny the fact that AAP had done well as far as the Delhi Governance was concerned, especially with respect to their fulfilling the promises. They led down a bit with their dharnas, somehow their play at the entry level in politics gained them the ‘benefit of doubt’. On a whole lot, AAP had been good in their performance at the state level.

    We can say that we have got like personalities for Centre and Delhi State. Where PM to Modi, is Kejriwal to Delhi. Though both have their own style of executing the equations to actions, still both of them have a charisma to attract the masses and are equally potential in delivering their message. Precisely, the personality of the CM candidate and their everlasting image on the hearts of the millions of Delhites made it work for AAP and marked a failure for BJP.