Of the many things that the 2020 Delhi assembly election heralded, one that stands out because of its optics is the public emergence of Hanuman bhakt Arvind Kejriwal. In his victory speech on Tuesday, Arvind Kejriwal thanked Lord Hanuman for blessing Delhi and said the mandate given to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has marked the dawn of a "new form of politics" in India. In Kejriwal's words, this newness is outlined by "kaam ki rajneeti (politics of work)" wherein people would vote on the basis of developmental works (schools, hospitals, affordable healthcare, electricity etc) carried out by a government. "This is an auspicious message for the country," he said. No doubt, that's refreshing to hear, especially in a political atmosphere vitiated by a high-decibel cacophony of the worst order. But development was not the only axis on which Arvind Kejriwal's Delhi election campaign rotated on. To mellow down the vitriol of BJP's hard Hindutva politics married to its brand of nationalism, Arvind Kejriwal rebranded himself as a devout Hanuman bhakt who isn't shy of wearing his religious identity down his sleeves; say 'Jai Hind' and 'Vande Matram'; carefully side-step thorny uncomfortable issues like CAA, NRC and Shaheen Bagh; and yet anchor his discourse around development. This careful positioning of himself as a devout Hanuman bhakt in the campaign's last leg ensured Kejriwal that those who were with him on the issue of development and governance, didn't stray away to the BJP on count of polarisation fanned by appeals to religious and nationalistic identities. Having reaped the benefits of this posturing in form of a consecutive sweep (wining 62 of 70 seats), Arvind Kejriwal ensured that his victory speech on Tuesday too echoed the posturing. After thanking the people of Delhi for the landslide mandate "for his developmental works", Kejriwal touched base with his religious identity, lest there remain any doubts. "Aaj mangal vaar hai (cheers from the crowd) Hanuman ji ka din hai. Hanuman ji ne aaj apni Dilli pe kripa barsayi hai. Hanuman ji ka bhi bahut bahut dhanyavaad (It's Tuesday today, the day of Lord Hanuman. The Lord has blessed our Delhi and I thank him for this victory)," he said. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal: This is the day of Lord Hanuman who has blessed the people of Delhi. We pray that Hanuman Ji keeps showing the right path to us so that we continue to serve people for the next five years.