The Hindustan Times was so excited by the landslide victory that AAP posted on Tuesday that it printed out a special edition, with AAPOCALYPSE plastered across eight-columns in gigantic font, jumping the gun on everyone else.
Can you beat this headline!! HT Early edition on #DelhiPolls. Out on stands now. @htTweets pic.twitter.com/fPMS07nUeF
— Rohit Vats (@nawabjha) February 10, 2015
NDTV seemed to be inspired by the same euphoria, turning the landing page of their website into a giant celebration ad for the AAP. By this morning, all the papers have had a chance to catch up with the early birds, casting around for as many AAP/Up puns they can think of and managing to fit AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in just about everything.The Telegraph chose to mock prime minister Narendra Modi, turning the initials of his last name into "Mufflered Overconfidence backfires Defeated for the first time Invincible no more." The Ahmedabad Mirror, meanwhile, captured the mood at BJP president Amit Shah's son's wedding, with the headline, "BAAP sets the tone, AAP turns off music." The coverage was, of course, not confined to just the cover pages:
#AAPSweep cartoon @ETPolitics @EconomicTimes pic.twitter.com/0rxYADkt5z — R Prasad (@rprasad66) February 11, 2015
Many also pointed out the irony of Modi and the BJP having spent huge amounts of money on front page ads, up to Rs 5 crore on 9 newspapers in one day just before the elections, while Kejriwal getting there on the back of his own victory.
:) pic.twitter.com/dnn9fzB5Zg — Prerna (@Iam_Prerna) February 11, 2015
A selection of newspaper front pages is below:
Times of India
NavBharat Times (front jacket)
International New York Times
The Economic Times
The Indian Express