Chandigarh: The emerging consensus that there is a wave in favour of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab is terrible news for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, not because they will lose election but the road ahead will become much more difficult for traditional parties.
The image of Narendra Modi, after reversals in this round of election have lost sheen irretrievably. Two successive AAP victories in Delhi in December 2013 and February 2015, Rashtriya Janata Dal-Janata Dal-United (RJD-JDU) victory in Bihar followed by BJP defeats in 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
Defeat in key states in the current round will create internal restiveness and aggravate the political effects of demonetisation.
For Congress, AAP’s further rise spells an existential danger. Its inability to reclaim lost ground in the northern states will begin to look like a pitiable reality. Holding on to Akhilesh Yadav’s coat-tails in Uttar Pradesh will carry neither Rahul Gandhi nor the Congress very far.
“The BJP and Congress would not have been in the state of funk in which they are today had they defeated each other in the contest. As the third force called AAP rises from Delhi to Punjab, making inroads in Goa too will become palpable as results start coming on March 11,” said Saeed Naqvi.
Corporates comfortable with alternating between the Congress and the BJP, will now have to find new ways of placing theiyr bets. In anticipation of the Punjab results, Kejriwal has already immersed himself in the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections due in two months.
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