Opinion | Did Delhi’s elections mark a turning point in our politics?
AAP’s delivery-based agenda that trounced BJP’s identity politics raises the question of whether others can adopt the model
The massive victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections is momentous. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party won 62 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed only eight, and the Congress drew a blank. This is not so because Delhi is the capital of India, or because AAP has been re-elected for a third consecutive term, or because it has defeated the BJP by such a large margin, but because the Delhi elections potentially mark a turning point in Indian politics, with implications well beyond the borders of Delhi. I say “potentially" because it remains to be seen whether India has, in fact, reached that turning point.