To be honest, I don’t think that it would get any electoral benefit in the upcoming general elections except registering some presence in some remote urban areas. Thus, does this Delhi phenomenon have an impact and effect on national polity?
If we closely scrutinise we can find, this AAP effect has wide spread effect in present politics. AAP’s unprecedented success in Delhi and its so called activism has in fact not only changed the political character in the country, it in fact changed even political parties. Both Congress and BJP were forced to change their strategy. Congress started contacting ground level (Panchayat) level meetings for finalization of manifesto. BJP changed its strategy and went ahead with note for vote campaign. Modi changed his style of speech, started sharing his vision and describing the road map.
Many leaders prefer the Rajya Sabha seat than contesting directly. Congress and BJP have perhaps decided to field honest and capable candidates with zero tolerance to criminal and corruption records. Existing state governments have started performing in a better way than earlier shoddy and brazen ways.
Regional parties are also in a state of fear. They realize that muscle power may not succeed this time. They are seriously thinking not to field candidates with tainted records. Suddenly a change is being observed in every political party and their functioning. These are really welcome changes. No one had expected that the parties would ever change like this.
Similarly, in bureaucratic circle too, there is sense of uneasiness. Everybody is afraid of sting operations and even peons are on alert taking petty bribe with a fear that somebody might be operating a sting. Some of my friends with government employment disclosed that now no one is interested in money making and are distancing from common public who are ready to bribe for their work. The government employees (corrupt ones) have decided not to take any bribe for the time being.
This is really a great development. All credit goes to AAP. But again, I would caution them not be over ambitious. It would be better for the party to focus on Delhi governance and on some state assemblies. Otherwise, a big failure in general election would take away whatever changes they brought in because of Delhi assembly success. They must realize that they are not here to acquire power, rather here to yield a positive change. The change is being felt now. But for sustaining positive change, they must be mature enough and progress slowly and steadily consolidating their goal.