Gigantic Victory

Gigantic Victory

It is the declaration that transparency in electoral politics is something that people value and admire

Delhi shook on Tuesday and the two political casualties were Congress and BJP. It was a win unheard of, beyond imagination, and perhaps beyond the expectation of even the parties in the fray. The Delhi elections, without doubt historical, must have reignited the hope of that class of people in India who in the face of shoddy electoral politics, that has progressively gained ground in the country during past some years, had been let down. This fight right from the beginning had all uncanny characteristics in it. To begin with, a small group of people apparently smitten by the bug of honesty raised the banner of revolt against a system that they perceived too closed to allow a peep into it. Taking the form of a pressure group, they raised the voice for total openness, transparency and accountability— the fundamental features of any functional democracy. The rejection of their demand for Lok Pal apparently, though reluctantly, threw them in the electoral politics in the national capital of India. Nonetheless, the rise of AAP was meteoric. In its first ever elections, the party was just short of seven seats to claim the power. With unsolicited support from the Congress, AAP formed the government in the national capital but before it could use its broom to clean the system, its rule was cut short just on the completion of 49 days in the power. But for AAP 49-day period was perhaps sufficient enough to transform many of its electoral promises into realty. The party resigned on moral grounds but not before leaving an image in the electorate that returned it to power in less than a year, giving it a victory, which was not just a landslide but more than that; a tsunami that swept every wave coming its way. Besides being the triumph for AAP, it is the total decimation of both the Congress as well as the BJP in the national capital. It is the rejection of a certain class of politics that of late has invented the art of winning elections through electoral engineering. And, last but not the least, it is the declaration that transparency in electoral politics is something that people value and admire.