Even pro -Modi guys like R. Jagannathan think highly of AAP

"AAP poised for a second coming"

The opinion polls do not give the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) much of a chance in the 2014 general elections, but, as noted before, the polls are better at capturing current established trends rather than subtle shifts in mood that develop closer to polling dates. This is why the pollsters got it wrong in Delhi last December, where they failed to fully comprehend the magnitude of AAP's latent gains, and this is why they might still be underestimating the party.

To be sure, I am not expecting AAP to win more than four or five seats on 16 May. I wouldn't be surprised if they even ended up with zero, but that should not be the real measure of AAP's performance. Like the BJP in the east and south, AAP's performance should be measured in vote share, not seats. Vote shares capture the ground shifting under your feet whereas seat shares capture the effect of volcanoes that have already erupted.

Moreover, AAP should be evaluated for the qualitative change it proposes to bring to the polity and not in terms of the quantity of seats it gets. This is because the idea of AAP - of clean government, led by non-doctrinaire belief systems that veer neither to Left nor Right - is bigger than the ideas its current leadership is able to articulate and capture in terms of voter intent. AAP under Arvind Kejriwal goofed up big time in Delhi, but one cannot count on AAP's leaders being foolish all the time. AAP will surely have a second coming.

Coming to the Lok Sabha elections, one need not be surprised if AAP's seat count is abysmal in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Punjab. But one cannot rule out an AAP-surge in the July-August Delhi assembly elections. In Haryana, AAP could put up a better show in the October assembly elections (unless they get clubbed with Delhi), and in Maharashtra they could make an entry in some assembly segments.

In the Lok Sabha elections, I expect AAP to give us a positive surprise in Punjab where it has chosen good candidates and is drawing appreciative audiences far away from the high-profile BJP/Akali versus Congress contests, and the prestige combat between heavyweights Amrinder Singh and Arun Jaitley in Amritsar.

As this Times of India report notes, AAP is quietly building its base in Punjab by choosing the right candidates and the right issues that matter to people - drug abuse, alcohol addiction, and corruption - something neither Akali Dal nor Congress can talk about. The Times report finds a “compelling AAP story…unfolding. In constituency after constituency, Sangrur or Ludhiana, Patiala or Khadoor Sahib, the traditional Akali-Congress fight is being comprehensively turned into a three-cornered contest by a list of carefully-chosen candidates, something that has begun to worry the two major stakeholders.”

A March opinion poll by Lokniti-CSDS-CNN-IBN gave the AAP a 14 percent vote share against the BJP-Akali share of 42 percent (and falling) and 29 percent of Congress (but rising). As polling day nears, if the AAP gains a bit, one cannot predict who will lose more. An NDTV opinion poll predicted a seat count of seven for Congress and six for the Akali-BJP combine, with AAP getting a 11 percent vote share and no seats.

But this leaves Punjab as a cliffhanger. A rise in the AAP vote can have a huge impact on both the main contenders. If AAP takes more votes from one party, that party could lose badly in terms of seats. It all depends on who Punjab voters think of as the bigger evil, and whether the anti-incumbency is stronger against the state government or the centre. The straws in the wind indicate that it is stronger against the state government, which has been around for eight years now.

If AAP does creditably in Punjab, it would mean that its second Sun will rise from the West - in Punjab - after a dismal show in Haryana, where it got everything wrong - strategy, issues and candidates - in the Lok Sabha elections.

AAP is not an idea that is going to die soon, but the lessons it needs to learn from the Lok Sabha fiasco are clear.

First, it was strategically wrong for AAP to spread itself so thinly everywhere without showing any results in Delhi. The sudden lunge for a political presence in all states made it seem like it was too greedy about making a mark everywhere without doing any real ground work.

Second, AAP obviously handled Delhi badly. The mistake was not about resigning - survival with Congress backing was never a long-term proposition - but about resigning in bad faith. Having once taken Congress support to form a government and then seeking a popular referendum to ask supporters whether he should form a government, Kejriwal resigned saying it was all about the Jan Lokpal - which it wasn't. Everyone knew he wanted the Delhi polls to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls. He could simply have been more honest about it - and the Delhi voter would not have seen him only as a quitter.

Third, Kejriwal rushing about everywhere to fight every one and his aunt did not make sense. It may have been important for the party's political positioning, but did the Delhi voter want him running all over the place when they were the ones who brought him into the limelight? If Kejriwal loses most of the Delhi Lok Sabha seats, it would be because of this sense of abandonment among Delhi voters. Why should the Delhi voter want a Kejriwal who wants to rush to Varanasi to make a political point?

Fourth, most of AAP's critical voter issues relate not to the centre, but states and municipalities. Issues relating to low-level official bribery, poor quality schooling for the poor, water and power costs are not central issues, but state and municipal issues. Kejriwal clicked in Delhi, because Delhi is both a state and a municipality.

Fifth, the most important thing for fledgling parties to establish is credibility - and this means getting into government and proving what can be done. In Delhi, Kejriwal was in a hurry to prove that everything can be done in a few weeks, which is a travesty. Issues like corruption are systemic. They cannot be solved in a hurry. They need hard work in a sustained way. Kejriwal betrayed a lack of patience, and a greater interest in agitational politics when in government. This simply alienated parts of his voter base.

The logical route for Kejriwal & Co to follow is from the municipal and state levels to the centre - and the party should be in no hurry to spread all over without creating a proper cadre and a proper gameplan.

AAP still has credibility - more credibility than the major political parties at the local level. The real problem with governance is at the state and local levels, not the centre. The huge scams at the centre may suggest that a clean-up is vital at the centre too - but this does not need grassroots political action. The courts and constitutional authorities are upto the task. If AAP wants a key issue at the central level, it should be federalism and devolution of powers to states and local bodies.

The real worms are lower down in the polity. And it requires hard work. For a party that believes in bottom-up planning and local manifestoes, the AAP has gone wrong by pretending power has to be grabbed top down - from Delhi. The way up for AAP is from below, where it could have real traction. more  

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I do not think Mr Jagannath is supporting or endorsing AAP. These are rather the ideals AAP boasted and stood for before elections. Look at the candidates AAP has chosen, dozens of whom are criminals. All parties are banking upon such elements for winability factor. But AAP stood for some ideal and now there is no difference. Strategic mistakes apart, their conduct itself has not differed from others. Their leaders are responsible for still birth of an idealist party seen by many of us as fresh air. Despite being Modi supporter, I wish any party good who stands for probity and is sincere for bringing morality back in public life, apart from defending the country and restoring rule of law. In present circumstances, the only hope is Modi. Supporting AAP now is blocking this much needed change. more  
Dear Editor,
Aaj TakTV .

Media is deliberately twisting facts to help their old friends "THE CONGRESS ". Media very well knows that SHAHI IMAM or any others Muslim cleric for that matter has never supported and will ever support BJP come what may . But media is not tired of balancing debates of Muslim tactical voteing calls by contriving wrong theories and notions . It is only in India and no where else in the world that Media spreads falsehood for the viewers. Point in question is as under .

Again and again , the question is raised by Media Anchors that in 2004 SHAHI IMAM supported BJP . The factual position is that SHAHI IMAM never supported BJP . HIS WORDS WERE " BJP IS NOT UNTOUCHABLE". Can any right thinking person term it as support . NOT AT ALL . At the most it can mean vote for any body .

The only reason behind is timid media anchor's Hindu psyche who is afraid of being seen standing against Muslim schools of thought and perceived to be communal . MAY GOD bless these pseudo secular anchors . more  

So long as the graph of BJP was down and SONIA's Congress was in ascendance , the Christian community of the country maintained a secular image . As soon as the position reversed , these Christians came into their true colours . Two examples are being quoted here to prove the point .

1. Till a year ago Mr N. RAM of The Hindu group was strong critic of UPA Govt for its various scams , corruption , price rise and black money . I heard him articulating very strong anti UPA views on TV debates . Now , seeing the possibility of NDA forming Govt , N. Ram has reversed its stated position and has become strong critic of Narendra Modi's development plank . It is difficult for him to see a Christian family losing power .

2. The same is the case with Father FRAZER , the Principal of St Xavier's college Mumbai who has suddenly woken up a day before elections to go viral with email criticising NaMo to prevent formation of NDA Govt.

3. Hindu in its own land is not at all communal , it is the minorities of this country who are communanal . They remain secular only when they are benefited through an communal outfit of their liking at the center like UPA in power .No sooner , they perceive a majority community Govt coming to power , they reveal their true colours . Minority's goal in INDIA is a destabilized shaky INDIA. It serves their purpose if poor of this country remain poor , illiterate , hungry, begging , fighting amongst themselves . They do not wish to see a progressive ,surging , strong INDIA in worlds centre stage . This dents their conversions plank in poor INDIA .

4. Since independence , minorities have been anti Hindu . But after 2002 , they got an anti Hindu platform funded by foreign inimical powers , foreign funded NGOs , Christian missions abroad , left leaning historians and parties , minority religious institutions within the country. All of them started an ANTI MODI industry in the country to brow beat BJP . Post independence , a thousand riots may have taken place .


Does anyone remember
who the chief minister of Maharashtra was during the Mumbai riots
which were no less deadly than the Gujarat riots of 2002?

Does anyone recall the name of the chief minister of UP during
Malliana and Meerut riots or that of the Bihar CM when the Bhagalpur
or Jamshedpur riots under Congress regimes took place?

Do we hear names of earlier chief ministers of Gujarat under whose
charge, hundreds of riots took place in post-Independence India?

Does anyone remember who was in-charge of Delhi's security when
the 1984 massacre of Sikhs took place in the capital of India?

How come Narendra Modi has been singled out as the Devil Incarnate as
if he personally carried out all the killings during the
riots of 2002?"

It therefore proves that it is anti modi industry'S virtual platform which they have created and are continuing to foster to achieve ANTI BJP anti india anti hindu AGENDA . more  
Lets just hope that all are right and Mr. Modi ends up atleast 272 without a coalition more  
The Fear of facing Mrs Kiran Bedi In Delhi assembly elections anybody can see clearly on AK's face. He must have forget his daily regime too. :-) more  
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