The exit polls for five assembly elections are throwing up surprises. Arvind Kejriwal, the new man on the block is emerging as the rising star and Rahul Gandhi is a flop show.
The exit polls for five assembly elections are throwing up surprises. Arvind Kejriwal, the new man on the block is emerging as the rising star and Rahul Gandhi is a flop show. Narendra Modi has emerged as a reliable political brand. The more serious setback for Rahul Gandhi is that in Uttar Pradesh where Samajwadi Party tied up with Congress with Rahul Gandhi as the face has lost its chances. The Samajwadi Party is already saying that Rahul Gandhi pulled its cart back. In Punjab, it is the singular effort by Amarinder Singh that made Congress come into the lead. AAP lead by Kejriwal has also made inroads. Even Akhilesh Yadav made a big mistake by tieing up with Congress with Rahul in the lead. And even in Punjab, Arvind Kejriwal has done well in some rural areas of Punjab.
While Rahul Gandhi has spoilt the chances of Congress resurrection in Uttar Pradesh, one thing is clear, if Arvind Kejriwal had lost, its journey forward will become very difficult.
Rahu Gandhi-Samajwadi party loss in Uttar Pradesh is sending a clear signal to the political class that Kejriwal is the rising star and occupying the liberal-secular-centrist space in Indian politics. This will
also break the myth that AAP’s success in Delhi was a fluke, a one-time wonder, a bubble. Besides BJP and Congress, AAP will be the third party to have a formidable presence in more than one state.
Regional parties led by leaders like Nitish Kumar, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Naveen Patnaik, Mamata Banerjee, Uddhav Thackeray, Chandrababu Naidu, Stalin, Sharad Pawar etc. can’t boast of this, these are one-state leaders or parties. Arvind Kejriwal will be in a different league. This will underscore the fact that AAP may be emerging very fast as a national alternative.