“We don’t think all this negative coverage will affect our prospects. In fact, it will go in our favour,” said a senior AAP leader. “You ask the common man how he feels about the police, in Delhi or anywhere else.”
On paper, the AAP protest was against Delhi police refusal to take action against an alleged drug-prostitution racket in south Delhi. But Kejriwal’s successful arm-twisting of the Centre ahead of the Republic Day might just work in his favour. Or so feel the political experts.
“Kejriwal knows the country, which already shares anti-police sentiments, will support him. And this could help him in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, even though it could hurt his government in Delhi,” said Professor Pralay Kanungo of Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
“The issue they have picked is certain to resonate with the people,” agreed Dr Sandeep Shastri, pro vice-chancellor, Jain University, Bangalore and national coordinator, Lokniti network. In fact, Shastri even ventured on a small prediction: “They have come to power by portraying themselves as an alternative to the mainstream politics. So it is only natural that they will continue with their anti-establishment confrontational approach.”