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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal at the `Delhi's Village Dialogue` held at Chhatarpur, in New Delhi on January 4, 2015. ( IANS)

Why Kejriwal is Back in Media Glare as Poster Boy?

By Sridhar N.

Yogendra Yadav, who has asked his former friend and supporter in a professional opinion poll agency, to conduct a survey said AAP may get 6 to 8 percent of votes ahead of BJP since both parties were able to marginalise the Congress in Delhi.

The survey of 3,500 voters in 35 constituencies showed that AAP may win 50 seats in 70-member Delhi Assembly. “In a two-party contest when one party is leading by 4-5 percentage points then that results in a landslide victory. This Delhi election has all the symptoms of a wave election,” Yadav told the ET.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal interacts with party leaders during a programme in Bengaluru, on Jan 11, 2015. (IANS)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal interacts with party leaders during a programme in Bengaluru, on Jan 11, 2015. (IANS)

Another reason for AAP’s revival was the nomination of Kiran Bedi to head Delhi government, if not police which was in the hands of the Union Home Ministry. But Kejriwal muted her standing reminding people that he had indeed offered her the CM post in 2013 before the last Delhi elections.

Even the ABP News-Nielsen survey conducted last week showed that AAP is fast gaining support again among the Delhi voters, especially after Bedi was roped in as BJP’s CM candidate. Another poll by India TV/C-Voter poll, however, predicted simple majority for BJP, if not two-thirds.

But Delhi voters are not merely driven by rationale but by instinct and that is where leaders like Kejriwal and Yogendra Yadav can turn around the tables. Every misadventure by BJP will help them garner at least 3 to 5 percent of more votes.

If BJP chief Amit Shah is confident that BJP would sweep Delhi polls, then he should be cautious to ad-blitz and refrain from personal attacks on Kejriwal, who is still the darling of the media despite his eccentric views and moves.

Even Mahatma Gandhi was eccentric in many ways but people loved him for his simple and straight forward leadership. Ordinary voters abhor Chanakyas in politics.

At least this time Kejriwal and his core members should resist the lures of power as power corrupts and aboslute power corrupts absolutely. Unless the top leaders emulate Gandhi, they cannot win over voters for long.

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