Make no mistake. AAP’s hat-trick is no mean feat. But it won’t be wrong to say that in its triumph, there also lurked a defeat of sorts. Because the saffron party was successful, to a very great extent, in shifting the focus from governance to “Hindu nationalism”.
A cursory glance of the voting pattern in constituencies with significant population of Purvanchali and Pahadi migrants shows that the BJP, even in its defeat, has managed to substantially improve its vote share.
On Tuesday, when Kejriwal took to the stage to deliver his victory speech, he thanked -- besides the Delhi voter -- 'Hanuman' and led the 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogans, another sign of how comfortably he has subsumed nationalism into his model of development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah-led BJP focussed excessively on Article 370, CAA and anti-Pakistan rhetoric to woo the voters. But the Delhi voter reposed faith in AAP, giving them over 60 seats.
No matter the buzz that the AAP victory in Delhi is certain to create, it is unlikely that the diminutive Kejriwal will acquire a far larger image to pose a challenge to Modi, writes Outlook's Editor-in-Chief Ruben Banerjee
Party functionaries said though preparations are underway to celebrate the victory in the polls, whose results will be announced on Tuesday, Kejriwal has asked party volunteers not to burst firecrackers as it contributes to pollution.