Scenario in case re-elections are called for in Delhi. Can BJP break the Delhi stalemate? Figures show saffron party won its seats by strong margins and AAP by slim ones Even as the stalemate in Delhi continues with both the BJP and AAP refusing to stake a claim to forming the government, the latter's confidence at the possibility of a re-poll is certainly misplaced. Going by the average margin of defeat at all the 70 seats, the BJP seems to be in a much stronger position. The seats where the BJP has won have been claimed with huge margins and the seats that they have failed to garner have been lost by small margins. But the scenario for the AAP is exactly the opposite. In the top 10 seats of the Delhi Assembly, seven have been won by AAP, two by the BJP and one by others. The margin for the seats won by AAP is very slim. The BJP winner and AAP runner-up average on 18 of the 70 seats is 10,213 votes, while the AAP winner and BJP runner-up average on 23 of the seats is just 6,721 votes. Also, the Congress might have won just eight seats, but the seats where the Congress candidates have emerged as runners-up, the vote share of the party is hardly three to four per cent less than AAP. So, it is premature to say the Congress is likely to face a complete wash-out in the scenario of re-polls. Hence, if there is a re-election and the wave this time is against AAP, the results for them could be disastrous. The basic problem here is that the AAP and BJP have read the public mandate erroneously. On the issue of the margin of seats, while AAP and BJP split the anti-incumbency votes between them, AAP now says it is likely to get more votes in the re-polls since many supporters who did not vote for the party as they underestimated its prospects, might vote for AAP now. Similarly, the BJP says since it has emerged as the single largest party, more people will be encouraged to vote for the party in the re-elections. Based on the above arguments, the Congress might as well hope to garner votes out of its sympathisers. It is clear that the mandate in Delhi is an anti-Congress one. The BJP has emerged as the single largest party, and AAP has made a spectacular debut. However, AAP is crediting its victory to an anti-Congress as well as an anti-BJP mandate, which is wrong, for the BJP as it wasn't even in power in Delhi. AAP by its own admission has said a previous survey revealed that many of its supporters wished to see Narendra Modi as prime minister in 2014. The voters wished for a non-Congress government in Delhi, and the AAP and BJP must now come together. Arvind Kejriwal could negotiate the post of chief minister with BJP's Harsh Vardhan, or even if AAP remains in Opposition, why can't it provide issue-based support to the BJP and secure some Cabinet seats? Why can't they divide the ministries among themselves and compete with each other on good governance? In Germany, Angela Merkel had reached out to the Opposition to form the coalition in September this year. The same practice is prevalent in the United Kingdom. So why is AAP refusing to form an anti-Congress government and instead burdening the state with re-elections?