1. Narendra Modi formally launched BJP’s poll campaign for the Delhi assembly polls from the Ramlila Ground today. Modi is expected to be the main card of BJP with an intensive campaigning revolving around him. Is BJP forced to ride on the Modi Wave once again as the party has no face even remotely near to Arvind Kejriwal’s popularity as Delhiites’ chief-ministerial choice as every pre-poll survey so far has projected?
2. Modi pushed big for the ‘electricity sop’ promising 24-hour supply and freedom to choose from among the discoms based on their rate cards. Will it be an effective counter to Aam Aadmi Party’s promise of slashing the electricity tariff by half given the fact that AAP did reduce the electricity tariff during its 49-day government as promised in the poll campaign?
3. Will the ‘deserter tag’ be enough for BJP to counter AAP and win the elections with clear majority?
4. Alternatively, will Kejriwal’s popularity as the most preferred chief-ministerial choice be enough to check the hostile sentiments on Kejriwal and AAP deserting Delhi just after 49 days and pushing Delhi to remain without a government for almost a year and mobilize the voters to give AAP full majority?
5. Or AAP would be able to deflect some of the blame to BJP for leaving Delhi without a government for almost a year as we continuously came across developments where AAP demanded fresh polls but BJP sounded non-committal?
6. Given the tone of Modi and thus the BJP rally, taking on AAP directly using terms like ‘masters of lies’ and AAP’s counter presser in the evening hitting back using equally acerbic terms like ‘master of empty speeches’ – was the tone of an all out ‘Modi Vs Kejriwal’ and thus ‘BJP Vs AAP’ verbal war set today?
7. Though Arvind Kejriwal said today that he would refrain from responding to personal attacks, but can he be trusted for it given his high intensity activist mode of campaigning? He has gone as far as to camping in Gujarat, where he has no base, to dig dirt and target Modi.
8. Over half an hour speech of Narendra Modi was largely focused on AAP. AAP’s presser was to counter Modi’s speech during the rally at the Ramilia Ground. Though Modi took on Congress, it was basically an AAP driven rally. Is the triangular contest of 2013 assembly polls is reduced effectively to a BJP Vs AAP contest in 2015?
9. Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said Congress could again support AAP in forming the government. Doesn’t it convey the Congress leadership has already accepted that it is fighting a lost battle?
10. Both, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal, are perceived as incorruptible at personal level. How would it affect the mood of the campaigning?
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey–/