@Mr Bird, always so eloquent .Hope you allow me few bits to cover before I do justice to your argument.
There was, is and never will be a possibility where AAP can be a direct or even an indirect challenge to Namo challenge in 2014. That is a fact, so any theory in favor of or against AK as a PM opposition to Modi is mute.
Second, as I repeatedly say it is too early for AAP to have a coherent economic or national policy. They were not expected to be on a National scene , heck even in Delhi , till few months. But now since they have formed Delhi govt, they would need some LS might (10-20 seats) to establish their credibility as a party. Their agenda will be sustainability rather than governance. I don't say vote for that but to dismiss them entirely, is being too elites. Especially when you have a red carpet welcome for MNS or Akhilesh. That is my main issue.
Realistically Modi will be a happy man with 200-220 in his basket and AAP will breathe easy with something in double digit. It's the congress votes which are going to be split, if AAP performs well. BJP's vote bank is safe and locked, so if it cannot win all the seats of Cong , why should it have a prob if few go to AAP. Here, I would even criticize AAP for touted this AK vs Modi too much, there is no contest and will only give them a negative mileage.
I would give you the point on raids , that was uncalled and ill-managed.
Subsidiaries- Very Interesting, before we dwell further here, the total expenditure is around 200 Cr ( very less compared to few states where this much is spend on annual b'days, parks, statues, flying). Out of that 160 Cr is expected to be recovered by first CAG audit. Another BJP themselves promised the same subsidiary in their elections agenda. Hmm I wonder how were they going to do that?
National Policy/Kashmir. Oh read the increasing anti-India stand among locals and see the insurgency that is sparked by all political parties. The Parliament has failed them from time and again, we have to accept. Even in BJP I am sure there are varied difference of opinion in terms of policies, but because they are an old party and have the tact to deal with it, they get the pass. AAP too young to learn the trick of setting a gag order
FDI - AAP has no black or white take on FDI, they are still undecided. As respect to their decision about Delhi, I too felt that AK made a mistake. But then take a look at Delhi , is their logistically space for FDI retail. There seems to be a market saturation and holding off the core players would become difficult. FDI retail in itself doesn't guarantee you success . India hasn't handled FDI in insurance or in mutual funds well. FDI retail is all about supply chain. Till the governance is not matched by equal transparency and assures that FDI means introducing technology to the economy , there is more chance of failure . Walmart won't be coming in with a big wand from Hogwarts. Bring FDI when you have right intent and there is more clarity which seemed to be lacking at the national level, right now. Maybe Modi will change that and I hope he does, but that remains speculative for now , as does AAP's economic policy.
Hey RBS or not, she is a fellow banker, go easy on her will ya? Well all I did say was there is a growing argument about FDI in AAP itself and a lot of Pro-development people have taken on the economic front for them. Now can we give them time and hear them out after LS polls to fully deduce their economic stand.
Aha, I get it , you don't trust them much as they seem to target Gujarat. Well, they are doing it simply to further their campaign. They won't gain much by going against Rahul, he is out of race. So it becomes a default choice for them to have a narrative against Modi, if they want to manage a LS campaign. You would go against the topper in the class rather then the back-bencher , if you want to improve your scorecard.
Mr Bird, I get and share your sentiments when it comes to economy and what is the need of the hour. But that again doesn't justify the diss against AK who is trying to create a space by eliminating BSP, SP and Cong. Those votes were never going to BJP, for whatever reason. Hence I prefer a newcomer than a tainted and corrupt failed political alliance who had years to prove their time. Too much to ask?
Anarchy for me is the riots in UP, 1984,2002, Akhilesh Yadav, Shiv Sena's toll tax damage, BSP's self serving and Cong dynasty policy.
AK should be given a chance to breed his politics, it neither does divide the country nor does it steal the money (atleast till now). I would rather have a tax man in the mix then a politician ruling the roast from Jail.