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Modi picks up phone to congratulate Kejriwal

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

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

Putting an end to BJP arrogance impeccably embedded into a ruling party, PM Narendra Modi who refused to meet AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal first in Ahmedabad as CM and later, has finally set aside his advisers to pick up the phone and congratulate the winner in Delhi.

“Spoke to Arvind Kejriwal and congratulated him on the win. Assured him centre’s complete support in the development of Delhi,” Modi tweeted Tuesday. The prime minister’s message came as AAP appeared racing towards a massive victory in Delhiwinning 62 seats out 70.

This is the first time that Narendra Modi has acknowledged the presence of Kejriwal, which he painstakingly avoided till today. The problem is the distance created between the ruling party and the common man, say many political watchers.

BJP is going from mere bickering inside to open revolt with all the party hoppers like Sahzia Ilmi and Krishna Tirath biting the ground. Ilmi who defected AAP at the last minute, surprising many insiders and outsiders, congratulated Kejriwal but failed to answer Times Now anchor Arnab Goswami and chose to walk out.

Coming to other reactions on Twitter, here are some revealing the exact mood in Delhi:

WSJ India ‏@WSJIndia 49m49 minutes ago
‘Were this a national poll we would have swept it,’ says BJP spokesman. AAP leading in 43 seats.

Kunāl Majumder ‏@kunalmajumder 2h2 hours ago
What fun! As I had excepted this is a close fight not a sweep as Exit polls predicted. Atleast that’s what leads suggest #DelhiPollResults

CNN-IBN News ‏@ibnlive Feb 4
#MissionDelhi Delhi poll results not a referendum on @narendramodi, it’s the election for CM, not for PM: BJP

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>When <a href=”https://twitter.com/AapYogendra”>@AapYogendra</a> said AAP would get 50 seats people thought it was the partisan in him speaking. In fact, it may have been the psephologist</p>&mdash; Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Ram_Guha/status/564996977226952704″>February 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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