MAIL TODAY COMMENT: Delhi needs a new government

Support: Much of Delhi is still firmly in the AAP corner

Support: Much of Delhi is still firmly in the AAP corner

Delhi is, once again, without a government. The first brief period of President's Rule was the consequence of a fractured mandate following last year's elections leaving no party with enough numbers to form the government outright, until the Aam Aadmi Party accepted what the Congress claimed would be "unconditional" support.

Now, having failed to bring the Jan Lokpal Bill into the Delhi Assembly after both the BJP and the Congress voted against its introduction, the Chief Minister and his Cabinet have resigned citing their inability to fulfil a key poll plank.

The Lt. Governor has a few decisions to make, once again, but since the BJP has indicated it is unlikely to attempt a consensus-based minority government, fresh elections are now on the horizon.

Considering these are likely to occur in concurrence with the Lok Sabha polls, there will be plenty of time for the citizens of Delhi to appraise the 49-day reign of their 'aam' Chief Minister.

What is clear is that Arvind Kejriwal has his finger on the pulse of the capital's polity.

The media and the upper classes may have turned on the Aam Aadmi Party following Kejriwal's street-corner dharna and Somnath Bharti's vigilantism, but much of Delhi is still firmly in the AAP corner.

This is particularly thanks to the introduction of water and electricity subsidies, the anti-corruption helpline, the probes ordered into the Delhi Jal Board scams and the FIR naming Mukesh Ambani, Veerappa Moily and Milind Deora, all aided by the inescapable notion that the established parties will do what is necessary to keep the upstart out.

Less palatable has been Kejriwal and his government's disdain for the law when it didn't work in their favour.

For a party built partially by lawyers who pioneered the use of the Public Interest Litigation, the AAP government's legal track record has been hugely problematic, right up to the reason the Jan Lokpal Bill was not allowed in the Assembly in the end: because it had to be presented to the Central government by law, which Kejriwal refused to do.

As the focus shifts to the national stage, it is important to remember that the coming election in Delhi still has to be about the way the capital is governed.

AAP made a start in terms of fresh thinking and shaking up an entrenched system, but it ran for the exits before letting us see how successful these would end up being.

If it - or the BJP - hopes to claim a majority in the coming polls, they will have to promise more than ephemeral changes.