Editorial

Big Fight for Delhi

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/22/2020 12:36:40 PM IST

 In a sample survey conducted among a few thousand voters in Delhi, 59.7 per cent voters said they would vote AAP, 24.1 per cent said the BJP and only 2.4 per cent favoured the Congress. Delhi has 70 assembly seats which will be up for grabs in the February 8,2020 election. As per present mood of voters, the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) is ahead of the others. The AAP was the first to officially announce its list of candidates and also the first to arrive on the poll scene which indicates that it has been preparing for the elections for over a year. Delhi Assembly election is a closely contested three-dimensional political battle. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, has much at stake in the Delhi Assembly election for this is the only place where it is in power. In the outgoing Assembly, the AAP had won 67 seats which came down to 62 after five of its legislators were disqualified. It lost one more seat in a bypoll after the sitting AAP legislator quit on getting elected to the Punjab Assembly.The BJP which is in power for the second consecutive term at the Centre, is more than desperate to retain Delhi from the AAP, a UT it last ruled in 1998.On the other hand, the vanquished and rudderless Congress, which has seen its workers and vote banks switching to the AAP, is also desperate for a comeback. The Congress, which formed three consecutive governments in Delhi under late Sheila Dikshit, can practically claim victory if it dampens BJP’s chances of return to power in Delhi. That is too tall an order despite the outward bravado. However, the reason why Congress leaders still think its possible is from the outcome of the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Delhi. The Congress finished second in five of seven constituencies pushing the AAP to distant third. However, in a state election, the voters will decide on local issues. However, recent surveys show that people have clear preferences for Delhi Assembly election with link to the Lok Sabha election trend. In five of seven constituencies, the AAP finished third behind the Congress. In three of these constituencies, the AAP candidates forfeited their deposits. In contrast, the BJP had won all seven seats with 57 per cent vote share. Kejriwal has struck first by announcing a host of freebies for the citizens of Delhi. His freebies include women travelling by metro, free power consumption up to 200 units and 50 per cent subsidy for those consumers using 201 to 400 units per month; complete waiver of water arrears for people under certain categories in colonies, free WiFi scheme under which Delhiites can avail 15 GB free data every month etc. However Kejriwal’s other unfulfilled promises -jan lokpal and Swaraj bill against corruption, which were the propellers to his AAP remains unmentioned. Kejriwal wants to play safe and has stopped short of taking Modi on like he did in previous elections. He has also made himself scarce and silent over the anti-CAA protests by students at Jamia Milia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University. In politics, even a day is a long time and it still remains to be seen if AAP can win majority or need some support or that the BJP could spring a big surprise. 

 

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