In a boxing match, a player sometimes fends off the opponent, sometimes defends, and then, at the apt moment, he attacks.
As momentum gathers for the 2019 general election, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seems to be playing the political game just as carefully, say leaders of his Aam Aadmi Party and political observers.
In 2017, following AAP’s poor performance in Punjab and the BJP’s sweep in Uttar Pradesh, Kejriwal consciously decided to minimise his attacks on his bete-noire, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He continued with the strategy for a little more than a year. But with the BJP suffering a string of electoral defeats and anti-incumbency sentiment slowly “setting in” against the BJP government at the Centre, Kejriwal has renewed his attacks on Modi with the same level of acerbity as before.