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AAP 'arrives' in Delhi State Elections in 2014: Where National Parties and media got it wrong, merinews got it right
In a sheer Bollywood style movie, the Aam Aadmi Party not only swept off the confidence of the National parties out of the National capital but also brought to light the ugly nexus of politicians, corporate houses and traditional media. Where political parties continued showing their denial to AAP's existence till now, media and research houses kept projecting dubious forecasting and exit polls writing them off .

Where National parties got it wrong?

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Has the Aam Aadmi Party made both Congress and BJP nervous? ? In merinews? recent debate, the spokespersons of the two national parties react in the following way ?

There is no big joke than the Aam Aadmi Party. AAP is adversely affecting Congress? votebank in slum areas?? , said Mr. V.K Malhotra, BJP candidate in Delhi. (read here)

We (Congress) are not nervous because of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). When results will come, you will see AAP's failure to win even one seat??, said Meem Afzal of Indian National Congress.(read here)

Sadly both Mr.Malhotra and Mr.Afzal find themselves being the joke for trying to rule out the most blockbuster arrival of a party in India. Why Mr. Afzal?s statement showcased the strong denial that the Congress was living in, Mr.Malhotra was probably riding on the charisma of Mr.Narendra Modi and probably was hoping to woo the urban voters in Delhi based on some good work Mr.Modi had done in his State. But both were proved terribly wrong even though Mr. Malhotra can take solace in the fact that his party will still form Government in the India?s capital state, Delhi.

In fact many analysts hold the opinion that had BJP not managed to solve the leadership crisis in the last moment and project Mr.Harshvardhan as the Chief Ministerial candidate, BJP would have been washed out in what is touted as the ?Arab Springs of India?

Where the media and research houses tried hard to influence, but?

Over the next few days we will find the traditional media straining their vocal chords on ?What India wants to know? analysis of who kicked whom and how. But what media channels won?t talk about is the dubious Exit Poll results conducted jointly by them and the top notch research houses.

On TV screen you will find both BJP and Congress spokesperson often rebut Arnab Goswami and accuse him of having a soft corner for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), but the CVoter-Times Now Exit Poll released predicted that AAP will only get 16 seats in the national capital. The AC Nielsen-ABP News predicted Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party to win only 15 seats. The Cfore Exit Poll were even pessimistic and predicted that AAP will get only 14 seats in Delhi and predicted a clean sweep for BJP.

This raises only three possible questions in a common man?s mind: (a) Does Exit Polls really have a base? (b) How can such big media houses and Research organizations backed by endless funds get it so wrong? (c) Who or for what are Exit Polls still conducted?

The fact that these polls create an influential circumstance and are often questionable were proved long back when Election Commission put a ban on their publicity before the end of elections. However, exit polls were just replaced by media analysis and some mere trends, forecasting and none of them this year actually counted Aam Aadmi Party as a recognized force in the political scenario of the country. Or was it intentional?

The trend as it kept showing on merinews?

From the time Aam Aadmi Party was formed, merinews saw a strong recognition of the party among its citizen journalists . While the community kept showing their interests again and again. While merinews? citizen journalist Dr. Archana Dethe first predicted back in November that ?Aam Aadmi Party is all set to sweep Delhi? (read here). She talked about how she despite hating politics can think how Kejriwal can emulate Anil Kapoor in Bollywood movie Nayak.

Another Citizen Journalist Nitin Dutta had written ?Why I want to see AAP in power? (read here) and veteran CJ Pawan Kumar Bansal had reported about the growing interest of Foreign Countries in Delhi Election due to Aam Aadmi Party (read here). Citizen Journalist Tina Acharya had tried analyzing ?What makes AAP so appealing to a common man? (read here) and November 2013 CJ of the Month, Biranchi Narayan Acharya gave a passionate call to Delhi voters to vote for the right candidate and not get influenced by who is projected to win (read here)

Time and again, the trend of discussion on India?s largest citizen journalism news platform kept showing how AAP is unmistakably the most eminent people powered political party of new India. But the traditional media and politically funded campaigns kept denying their existence.

What hence?

Congress, whatever their spokesperson say and accuse others of in public, needs to go back and take time to introspect their strategy and communication before the coming Loksabha Elections.

BJP, has enough reasons to rejoice. They are surely the strongest force to capitalize on the anti-incumbency factor the country is riding on. They proved it in this election. However, they must read the signs early enough. The ?clean sweep? they thought they will have by just trying to ride on Mr. Narendra Modi?s ability didn?t quite happen. So they can now congratulate each other, distribute sweets but should refrain from calling the ?people recognized? body as the ?biggest joke?.

The media and research houses should understand that there is an awakening in the political scenario of the country against corruption and inflation. Soon it can come down to yellow journalism, paid reporting and ?got up? panel discussions, which will make many TRP driven traditional media house wash down the drain.

And for AAP, people have placed their faith on them. It took years for Mamata Banerjee to bring such a ?poriborton? in West Bengal, it took years of hard work for Mr. Modi to build such a fan following ? Arvind Kejriwal and his party members had it overnight just by talking right. They struck the right chord with common man. But they are just a year old. Can they keep the tempo running? Can they build a movement into an organization and then take it to National level? Aam Aadmi on the streets will be eagerly waiting to see. 

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