The landslide victory of AAP in the recently concluded Assembly polls in Delhi may prove a milestone in the Indian politics. The two-year-old party seems to be giving challenge to all the set political rules and regulations and basic system of governance and this is probably the reason Delhi people have given it massive support. Be it running government (bringing Swaraj) by constituting Mohalla Committees or initiating Janlokpal to curb corruption- all the measures are entirely different from the traditional system. However, some time back, all the political pundits were taking dig at the style of Arvind Kejriwal, but the victory in Delhi astonished all of them. The people's voice is deemed to be the supreme in the democracy. People's mandate has stunned the political parties in Delhi. If we have a look at the AAP manifesto, it becomes quite clear that despite making populist promises, it has announced many sops to which other political parties pay no heed. The initiative of allowing participation of common people in the functioning of the government along with implementing their decisions is certainly a new proposition. Similarly, promise to empower Mohalla Committees with local area development fund is a unique step in its own. No other political parties made such promises. At least other parties did nothing to provide right to take decision to common people.

The credit for AAP's stupendous victory also goes to the BJP to some extent. The saffron party dug its own grave. In the 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP and the AAP won 32 and 28 seats respectively. The Congress somehow managed to win eight seats. Kejriwal had formed government on the unconditional support by the Congress, but after 49 days, he had put in his papers saying that he was not being given support in tabling the Janlokpal Bill in the Assembly. Before it, he sat on the dharna against the police. His sudden resignation earned widespread criticism and he was described as 'bhagora'. Later, AAP fielded more number of candidates in comparison to Congress and BJP across the country in Lok Sabha polls. Out of these, only four could sail through the Parliament. Kejriwal himself faced defeat in Varanasi. It was assumed that AAP's existence got wiped out. The BJP won all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. It's still unknown why they didn't feel need to get polls held in Delhi soon after general elections. And Kejriwal reaped the benefit. He launched fresh campaign to return to power in Delhi. He repeatedly apologised for resigning from the post of Chief Minister after 49 days and succeeded in convincing Delhi people that he won't repeat the earlier mistake rather  he will provide them a government which can work. At a time when Kejriwal was canvassing hard for ensuring victory of party candidates, the BJP high command was getting satisfied that Modi's image can help them win polls.             
 
It seems that the BJP which has been out of power for the last 15 years was complacent that they will win the polls easily by projecting Modi's face. Nobody prepared the required base needed to win polls. Even nobody knew that who would be BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate? At a time when Delhi BJP leaders were in catch-22 situation due to lack of mutual coordination, Kejriwal was prompting Congress and BJP to announce their CM candidates. He probably knew that none of the wannabes in Congress and BJP has measured upto his stature and Modi cannot become the CM candidate. He was also aware of the fact that BJP was finding it unable to decide who would be CM candidate? Whatever may be the reason, BJP got trapped in Kejriwal's net and projected Kiran Bedi. Two days after inducting Bedi into party, BJP announced her as CM candidate in Delhi. At the one hand, Kiran Bedi lacked the political acumen, on the other she had an image of stringent police officer. Kejriwal again cashed in on it.

Kiran Bedi's  statements and the way she spoke to TV channels have also wrecked BJP's chances. The BJP workers were also disheartened due to sudden announcement of Bedi as chief ministerial candidate. In a bid to stage a comeback, BJP had once again projected Modi but by that time the game had passed from its hands. BJP was hoping that Congress would put up a decent fight that would have benefited the saffron party. However, it did not happen as Congress drew blank in the Assembly polls. Ajay Maken and Rahul Gandhi failed to project in Delhi that Congress is able to make a comeback in the national capital. This happened when the Congress was in power for 15 years in Delhi. Considering party's remote chances , the traditional vote bank of Congress shifted towards Aam Aadami Party due to which BJP suffered huge losses.

The overwhelming victory of the Aam Aadmi Party had a serious impact on Modi's image which was used as a cash cow by the BJP. Besides that, other political parties have also got a chance to attack the BJP.  Only time will tell that how much Kejriwal dented Modi's image of becoming a charismatic Prime Minister despite being from a poor family. There are huge challenges for Kejriwal also. Though they have made their intentions clear by stressing on their demand for full statehood of Delhi but this demand can only be met when all the political parties will arrive at a consensus and also get approval from Parliament. All other commitment of AAP can only be fulfill if the approach of Central Government, Parliament and other political parties remain positive. It will be hard for Kejriwal to fulfill all his populist promises made to the public of Delhi just because even Central Government can help Delhi government only to a certain level. Among these challenges, it is expected that now Kejriwal will work like a mature leader.  If he can do it and meet his poll promises then the whole country could also witness a revolution which Delhi has witnessed in the recently concluded Assembly elections.

(An original copy of the article published in Hindi on February 15, 2015 translated by the English editorial. The author is the Group Editor of Dainik Jagran)