Has Kejriwal's political career ended

Behind Kejriwal there are those who are fed up with their daily struggle with the state apparatus. They complain that the police are not doing their job and are extorting money from the common people. They complain of arbitrariness and inaction when crimes are committed. People have endured this abuse for decades, so it is not surprising that the frustrated are looking for a savior to turn everything inside out. For many, his name is Arvind Kejriwal.

Once a senior tax officer, he has given up his career and instead made a name for himself as an anti-corruption fighter. When he won the post of prime minister in Delhi in December - quite surprisingly - many were electrified by his success.

But will people wear it up in the national elections in April and May? Kejriwal as prime minister - that would be a sensation, but it is also not very likely. The favorite so far has been the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, in whom the middle class in particular sees a gripping man who is supposed to advance India.

Modi benefits from the crisis of the ruling Congress party. But now, with Kejriwal, a third force has emerged, and the voices of protest will continue to split. So it remains difficult to determine who will lead the Asian superpower in the future.

He wants to go to the top

Kejriwal has shown with his protest that he wants to get to the top. But was this sit-in really a smart move? In the evening, the 45-year-old picks up the microphone and calls what he proclaims "a great victory" for the common people of India. Two out of five police officers whose formal suspension he requested are now on leave. That's enough for him that evening to end the sit-in.

India's media are now intensely discussing what it has actually achieved. The central government gave in a little so that he could save face, say some. With his "unconventional methods" he set something in motion, say the others.

On Wednesday evening, the police clear the barricades and Kejriwal speeds away in his blue car. He has a Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R, the common people's car. His followers snapped the vehicle incessantly. You still can't believe an Indian minister driving around in something like this.