Posted: 03 May 2014 at 8:38am | IP Logged
I personally believe Chandigarh could go into Congress' hands. Simply because BJP and AAP candidates from Chandigarh are not much likely to strike chord with voters. AAP is popular in Chandigarh but I feel they made a mistake by fielding Gul Panag there. (Or maybe it springs from my low opinion of fielding actors and models in elections! But I really do not know of what knowledge people like Kirron Kher and Gul Panag have, what involvement they have had in public life and social issues apart from role as entertainers)
I agree AAP would have benefitted more if AK was still CM of Delhi. They would have gotten lot more exposure in real life and media too. Nowadays it is only Modi Modi everywhere. It's almost as if it is a given that he's won and only his coronation is pending!
AAP has much less resources than other established parties. Indeed they are mainly about electronic media, and nowhere at grassroots. You do not even see their posters and hoardings everywhere. Example, someone like HS Phoolka had impeccable credentials but he was not able to connect on a larger scale. Badals control media a lot, voices from other parties were barely able to reach masses as much as they needed to have reached.
I was surprised when of all people it was Jaitley's name that was announced from Amritsar! Amarinder seems to have an edge over him.