Till last week pollsters were not sticking their necks out and predicting a clear winner in the upcoming Delhi polls. Suddenly there seems to be a subtle shift in stance. An exit poll on Tuesday gave Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi party the edge over its nearest rival the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The groundswell of public support in the last few days must have delighted AAP supporters. The surging crowds at Kejriwal’s road shows and public rallies seem have made the BJP top brass sit up and take notice. In contrast the BJP’s chief ministerial pick does not seem to be garnering the kind of support the party was hoping for, as the campaign enters its home stretch.
Top notch BJP leaders seem to be almost reticent in drumming up popular support for the former IPS officer. The BJP will hope the Prime Minister’s rallies offset the momentum AAP seems to have suddenly picked up as D-Day approaches. The personal attacks have got shriller, campaign managers are working overtime to dig up dirt that could make for great TRPs, but disastrous for the star campaigners. Will boisterous last minute support swing it for Kejriwal? Only time will tell.
The Delhi voters, like their counterparts elsewhere in the country, are known to spring last minute surprises. So is it advantage Kejriwal for the moment? The BJP and Congress will no doubt make a last gasp push to spoil Kejriwal’s party.