Kejriwal quits as Delhi chief minister: will this decision help AAP in LS elections?

  • Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at a special session of the Delhi Assembly in New Delhi on February 14, 2014. (PTI photo)

  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses the assembly amid protest by BJP's members during a special session called for anti-corruption jan lokpal bill in New Delhi. ...

  • BJP MLAs react in the Delhi Assembly during its special session called for anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill, in New Delhi. (PTI photo)

  • A member shows a placard in the Delhi Assembly during its special session called for anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill, in New Delhi (PTI photo)

  • A BJP MLA shows a placard in the Delhi Assembly during its special session called for anti-corruption jan lokpal bill in New Delhi on February ...

  • Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves after attending a special session in the Delhi Assembly on February 14, 2014. (PTI photo)

  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal arrives at the party headquarters in New Delhi to address his supporters on February 14, 2014. (Reuters photo)

  • Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal shows his resignation letter to Aam Aadmi Party supporters while addressing them at the party office in New Delhi on ...

  • Arvind Kejriwal addresses his supporters after resigning from the post over janlokpal bill in New Delhi. He was in the office for 49 days. (PTI ...

  • Supporters of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal watch the proceedings of Delhi assembly on a big screen at the party headquarters in New Delhi ...

Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to give up power is part of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) plans to bounce back to power in Delhi with a majority and grab a few Lok Sabha seats along the way.

Kejriwal had predicted the fate of his government soon after taking power in December. He had said his power won’t last beyond 48 hours. It eventually lasted only 49 days.

With the recommendation of re-election in his resignation letter, Arvind Kejriwal has, in a way, unleashed the next set of dreams for his little more than a year-old party.

For one, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed it would return with absolute majority in case of re-polls for the Delhi assembly, and second - more popular - is the increased possibility that Kejriwal himself will contest the Lok Sabha polls.

HT asks the following questions to understand the political impact of Kejriwal's decision to quit as Delhi CM.








 

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