1. Obama, Modi ‘bhaichaara’: US silent after Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP thrashes BJP in Delhi

Obama, Modi ‘bhaichaara’: US silent after Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP thrashes BJP in Delhi

Declining to comment on the AAP's (Aam Aadmi Party) stunning victory over Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in...

By: | Washington | Published: February 11, 2015 4:33 PM
Live Delhi election results 2015, AAP, Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Ashutosh hug as they celebrate news of their party’s performance in New Delhi. (AP)

Declining to comment on the AAP’s (Aam Aadmi Party) stunning victory over Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi Assembly elections, the US has said that its relationship with India is growing especially after the recent visit of President Barack Obama.

“That (Delhi election) is an internal matter for the people and the Government of India,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters when asked about the Delhi Assembly election results in which AAP led by Arvind Kejriwal won 67 of the 70 seats.

“As it relates to our relationship or partnership or the President’s visit we certainly see our relationship with India as one that is growing, that has great potential, and that is reflected by the fact that the Secretary (of State John Kerry) and the President of the United States both visited India within the first month of this year,” Psaki said.

“So that speaks for itself, but I don’t have any particular comment or analysis on the election results,” she said.

“We don’t engage in endorsing individual political candidates, so I would refer you to the Government of India and the people of India,” Psaki said when asked about the victory of Kejriwal on an anti-corruption platform.

Meanwhile, political experts feel the result shows the anti-corruption movement is unlikely to die soon and it also raises the performance bar for the BJP at the Center.

“This was a landslide victory for the Aam Aadmi Party, which is proving that the anti-corruption movement will not die anytime soon,” said Brian Min, assistant professor of political science at Michigan University.

“If there is a silver lining for Modi, it is that voters continue to express an abiding concern for everyday development issues, like electricity and government efficiency, that are closely aligned with Modi’s development agenda. This is a stunning and embarrassing defeat for Congress,” Min said.

Puneet Manchanda, a professor of marketing at the Ross School of Business at the Michigan University, said that AAP’s victory raises the bar for the BJP in terms of performance.

Leela Fernandes, professor of women’s studies and political science at the same university, said the AAP victory is a very significant electoral event because of the margin of victory.

“The AAP victory does reveal the potential for grassroots mobilisation activity to build a secular cross-class electoral alternative to the BJP-Congress power structure and that in itself is an important development,” Fernandes said.

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    Feb 12, 2015 at 1:02 am
    Its not just money its mainly because of anti inbency. The people wanted a change so bad that they did not have any other choice. So Modi was the best bet. Plus obviously the continuous advertising campaigns
    1. Ashwini Pandey
      Feb 12, 2015 at 12:18 am
      That is what is required.... attack corruption... financial, ideological, ethical, moral, and social... AAP is also doing the same... Imagine if all political parties compete for this..... Alas! this idea did not surface before since political parties were not forced/compelled to fight against corruption... With the rise of the AAP, fighting corruption is perceived as a weapon... But I did not understand that how commitment to fighting against corruption would blunt the weapon of fighting against corruption? Won't those two swords as proposed would kill corruption more effectively... What is your priority... a party who wins or loses or corruption free society.... Time to introspect.... means can't be end in itself... political parties and ideologies are just means for a society/nation/state to grow, thrive, and develop, which are the logical goals (end).
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        Shrinivasa Kamath
        Feb 11, 2015 at 7:54 pm
        BJP should remember the very same AAP has failed mively against it in the recent Lok Sabha elections, in 2014. AAP's landslide win in Delhi is a minor tremor, not to be over-rated beyond what it is. AAP is an anti-corruption party. BJP's priority should be to attack corruption at national level, to blunt AAP's weapon.

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