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that the Congress could retain very few seats. Here it is worth asking if the AAP effect will go much beyond Delhi, for example in Mumbai where the Anna Hazare movement got little traction. My guess is, it won’t.
This is where the concern also lies for the BJP. Delhi was the ideal platform for Narendra Modi with youth voters—urban middle-class people—and the use of social media. Do you think this is a setback for Modi in that sense?
This is where Delhi media has missed the big story. The real big story is the Modi wave which has translated in a big victory for the BJP in Rajasthan and third successive win in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
So, what is the message coming out of these assembly polls for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections?
Clearly, after these election results, the prospects of a BJP government appear a lot better. Earlier even the high-end estimates were giving the BJP no more than 180 seats in 2014. But these results place the BJP within striking distance of about 220 seats.
This would put them in a comfortable position…
Yes, with 220 seats plus other allies getting another 20-25 seats, Modi may be in a position to form a stable government. Once the BJP and allies have 240 or more seats, the chances of others joining them improve dramatically. You just need to look at the reactions of the Congress allies like Sharad Pawar to the recent drubbing of the Congress.
But across the board, even within the BJP, people have been reluctant to call it a Modi wave?
Whatever you call it, wave or effect, there is a large shift of the electorate towards Modi. He seems to fascinate people in a way we have not seen politicians fascinate the electorate in a long time. People show up in vast numbers to listen to him at the rallies. Whereas a wit recently remarked that attending Rahul Gandhi rallies should qualify as MGNREGA employment, it is people who are paying to attend Modi rallies. Even in Tamil Nadu, where the BJP has zero presence, he had a huge rally. Of