The balcony with a window, and a TV set
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Their gaze was constantly skywards. There was one window, on the first floor, from where all the news was being disseminated. And every time Kumar Vishwas appeared at the window to announce another victory, the flags waved, the drums resonated and all danced in abandon.
It started with a small television set on the wall, and a lot of nerves. "It's 8.15 am already. Why aren't they showing who is leading in Delhi? They are showing results from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Why not Delhi?" Ravi Kumar, a Gurgaon-based IT professional, said.
Shouted at and cajoled from all corners, the volunteer in charge of the remote, scanned news channels. Constantly berated, he gave up. Then, after what seemed like an age, the moment arrived. At 8.37 am, the first number on the Delhi board went up. The screen had a broom on it and said "AAP-1, BJP-0,Congress-0." The dancing began.
As the day progressed, the crowd realised they would not have it all their way. The BJP was fighting the débutantes tooth and nail. Whenever the mood took a nosedive, the window on the balcony of 41, Hanuman Road, would open again. By 11 am, the view was obscured. Jhadoos, flags and red gulal took over the skyline, people fought for whatever little space they could find — on rooftops, walls, trees, and vehicle-tops. They knew they were creating history.
A 25-year-old AAP candidate was winning, while a Congress candidate who had held his seat for four decades was being defeated. A three-time Chief Minister was being trounced by the man they looked up to. It was a fairy-tale in the making.
At 3.15 pm, Kejriwal came to the window and told people that he had won the New Delhi seat, by 25,000 votes.
An hour-and-half later, the crowd was told that the party had won 28 seats. Sweets were distributed, and an Olympic-style AAP torch made an appearance. A press conference followed and Kejriwal began speaking. This time, he promised them a constructive opposition. He told them that together, they would change history. And the dancing began all over again.