AAP sweeps Delhi: BJP crawls to single-digit; Congress draws a blank

Joseph B. Hash

The incumbent Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) has secured a massive gain in the Delhi Assembly polls, attributing its accomplishment to “politics of work” towards the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) “politics of hate”. Polling for Delhi’s 70 Assembly seats was held on Saturday after a fractious election marketing campaign. The BJP’s […]

The incumbent Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) has secured a massive gain in the Delhi Assembly polls, attributing its accomplishment to “politics of work” towards the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) “politics of hate”. Polling for Delhi’s 70 Assembly seats was held on Saturday after a fractious election marketing campaign.

The BJP’s defeat in Delhi will come on the heels of it losing in Jharkhand, failing to kind the government in Maharashtra, and becoming compelled into a coalition in Haryana after the social gathering fell small of the vast majority mark.

AAP’s gain on Tuesday is becoming observed as a verdict at a time when nationwide protests are becoming held towards the amended citizenship law, which includes at the capital’s Shaheen Bagh. The BJP experienced made Shaheen Bagh the focus of its election marketing campaign, interesting to people of Delhi to vote out “terrorists”.

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Union Household Minister Amit Shah, who only final month stop as BJP president and was succeeded by J P Nadda, experienced place his particular status at stake by main the election marketing campaign for the social gathering, addressing numerous general public meetings and also going doorway to doorway to get in touch with voters.

During the marketing campaign, AAP, and its leaders which includes Delhi Main Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, experienced tried out to sidestep the contentious situation of the new citizenship law.

A boy dressed as Arvind Kejriwal, amid celebrations by party workers at AAP's headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: PTI

A boy dressed as Arvind Kejriwal, amid celebrations by social gathering personnel at AAP’s headquarters in New Delhi | Picture: PTI

They experienced as a substitute targeted on governance challenges, notably related to better colleges and wellness facilities these types of as ‘mohalla’ clinics, delivery of subsidised energy, h2o offer and cost-free general public transport for ladies.

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The AAP gained 62 seats in the 70-member Assembly at the time of going to print. It experienced gained 67 seats in the preceding Assembly polls in 2015. The party’s vote share of fifty three.58 for each cent this time was only marginally decrease when compared to 54.three for each cent in 2015.

The BJP gained eight seats. In 2015, the BJP could gain only three seats. However, the social gathering improved its vote share drastically from 32.one for each cent in 2015 to 38.5 for each cent now.

The BJP experienced final gained a Delhi Assembly poll in 1993 — which was also the very first to be held after Delhi was granted partial statehood that year. Irrespective of its successes in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls, wherever it experienced gained all seven seats in Delhi, the social gathering has struggled at the Assembly degree.

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The Congress, which under Sheila Dikshit, dominated Delhi from 1998 to 2013, continued to fall into irrelevance in the nationwide money. For a second successive Assembly election, it could not gain even a solitary seat. Its vote share dropped from nine.six for each cent in 2015 to 4.26 for each cent. Only 3 Congress candidates could secure their deposits.

The BJP, on the other hand, proceeds to control the nationwide capital’s civic authority, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Some social gathering insiders blamed the loss extra on the “poor governance” its management in the MCD has wrought relatively than its polarising approach for the polls.

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