chapter  4
The 2014 national election
Mapping BJP’s victory through AAP’s prism
ByBiswajit Mohanty, Shreyas Sardesai
Pages 17

On 2 March 2014, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal declared at an election rally in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, that his debutant party will go on to win as many as 100 parliamentary seats in the Lok Sabha election. Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS)-Lokniti from January to May 2014 as part of the National Election Study. By the time CSDS did its next couple of national surveys in February and March, AAP's popularity had fallen drastically. Even as Delhi, Haryana and the rest of the country lost faith in the AAP, the only state that retained its trust in the party was Punjab. It was in fact the only state in the country that returned victorious AAP candidates to parliament–four in all. Modi's BJP which had seemed invincible after the string of state assembly election victories finally tasted bitter defeat at the hands of Kejriwal's AAP.