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A new dawn or the old story of doom and gloom
I know there's something better down the road. We need to find a place where we are safe. We walk into that which we cannot yet see. -Elizabeth Alexander

All exit polls projected a clear win for the AAP in the Delhi assembly elections Saturday. A pall of gloom is descending on the BJP Camp. Just before the elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his final appeal for votes, had trashed pre-poll surveys saying a "conspiracy" had been hatched by "bazaaru log" (people who can be bought) to "mislead the country" with such surveys.

The BJP maintains that the outcome will not be a reflection on the performance of the eight-month-old Narendra Modi government or his leadership. But how to explain that till last day of campaign, every newspaper, billboard and flag had the insignia of Narendra Modi flaunted on them. 

The drubbing, if it becomes reality for the BJP, will certainly raise many uncomfortable questions about the strategy, leadership and future of BJP's relationship with RSS. It would put the roller-coaster of election management of Modi-Amit Shah tactics into the reverse gear.

Backfired, it seems, the strategy of induction of Kiran Bedi and projecting her as the chief ministerial candidate had upset many of the satraps in the Delhi BJP. The predicted defeat would deepen the divide further.

The Congress was headed for a rout as the six exit polls ruling out more than 8 seats for the party in the 70-member House.

The News 24-Today's Chanakya exit poll gave a landslide to the AAP - 48 seats as against 22 of the BJP, none to the Congress.

Axis/APM-India News gave the AAP as many as 53 seats, the BJP 17 and the Congress 2.

News Nation projected 39-43 for AAP, 25-29 for BJP, 1-3 for Congress and 0-1 for Others.

The India Today-Cicero exit poll gave the AAP 38-46, the BJP 19-27 and the Congress 3-5.

The India TV-C Voter exit poll projected 35-43 for AAP, 25-33 for BJP and 0-2 for Congress.

The ABP-Nielsen poll said the AAP would get 43 seats, the BJP 26 and Congress 1.

It is still too early but the wind is blowing in a different direction and BJP is justifiably scarred.

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