AAP Sweeps Delhi: Voters chose issues over propaganda

As expected, it was another huge landslide victory for the Aam Admi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejrival and his party in the national capital, Delhi. With a big thumps up from the voters, AAP easily crossed the halfway mark and won 62 seats out of 70 Assembly seats, though five lesser than the 2015 seats won. The party’s main challenger, BJP won the remaining 8 (eight) seats while Congress drew blank again; JD(U), LJP, RJD and other parties drew blank too. And AAP’s win comes despite a strong challenge from the BJP which is a government at the Centre. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had on Election Day, February 8, stated that the people of Delhi would be even surprise with the results as BJP would come out victorious with an absolute majority. Earlier during the day before the counting, Manoj Tiwari, chief of Delhi BJP even started that he was not nervous as his party would come to power stating confidently that BJP would win 55 seats. So, what really worked in favour of AAP, Kejriwal and his party that the people of Delhi have given them another five years, that too with an absolute sweeping majority of 62 seats? From the result, it is perhaps evident that Delhiites were conscious of the fact that these were assembly polls and did not get swayed by BJP’s high-pitch rhetoric that had little to do with local issues. While the BJP worked on ploy such as the Shaheen Bagh protests and even calling Kejriwal a terrorist, Kejriwal and AAP kept their election narrative on governance issues like education, healthcare, water and electricity; issues which the AAP have worked on in the previous term and had been successful in more ways than one can imagine. Moreover, the recent incidents of attack on protestors of anti-CAA including students and even universities backfired on the BJP. But what was interesting to see during the campaign was that the AAP strategically evaded polarising topics such as the CAA which help the party in attracting votes. And perhaps, what is interesting about AAP’s victory in the national capital is that it came despite the BJP having all the resources possible especially in terms of financial power. But of course, the party won five more seats than in 2015. But at the end of the people, the people of Delhi appeared to have chosen and voted on issues that are more local and home than others. Education, water, electricity, healthcare and clean air have always been an issue with the Union Territory. But with the reign of AAP over the years, the situation seems to have improved and it was only time and worth that the people voted Kejriwal and his party back to power. However, while with great power sure comes great responsibility; one wonders if Arvind Kejriwal and AAP can turn this victory into a national victory in the years to come. But for now, since the people of Delhi have put their faith and trust in Kejriwal and his party, they must once again work for the betterment and fulfill the promises they have made.

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