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AAP’s Broom Sweeps BJP’s Saffron Lotus in Delhi

The counting of votes for Delhi assembly election is over and the results are out and official. The Delhi voters have once again given their decisive mandate in favour of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). AAP’shttp://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/arvind-kejriwal-ruling-delhi-is-not-rocket-science/1/325215.html   broom generated a massive dust storm that blew away BJP’s saffron lotus.

By securing an astounding 67 out of a total of 70 seats, AAP has won by a landslide victory, decimating the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and thumping Congress by a huge margin. AAP’s victory has arrested Narendra Modi juggernaut right in its tracks. After a superlative show in Lok Sabha 2014 elections by the BJP, AAP spearheaded by Arvind Kejriwal was single-handedly competing against a party that had not suffered a major electoral setback in the last two years. Led by Narendra Modi, the BJP barely managed to win just 3 seats, rendering the party ineligible to stake the claim even for Leader of Opposition in the Assembly. AAP’s victory has given others a chance to jump on the Modi bashing bandwagon.

Kejriwal will once again take charge to implement his anti-corruption agenda along with promises to provide a better life to the underprivileged, seek statehood for Delhi, slash water and electricity tariff, and to ensure safety for women. He stole Modi’s slogans of ‘Swachh Bharat’, and ‘Mukt Bharat’, and managed to bowl the Grand Old Party (Congress) for a duck and deliver a powerful punch to the BJP.

2015 Delhi elections results was a reminiscent of a feat that has been achieved only twice before – in Sikkim and Bihar. Sikkim Democratic Front won 31 out of a total of 32 Assembly seats in 2004. And five years later, Pawan Chamling ensured that his party make a clean sweep of all the seats. The only difference between both the victories is that Pawan Chamling’s party won due to the lack of a credible opposition, while Arvind Keriwal’s two-year old outfit contested the elections against the might of BJP and Central Government led by no other than Narendra Modi and comprising BJP Party President Amit Shah, 120 MPs, 20 Central Ministers and 10 Ministers of the state. Even then Kejriwal managed to triumph the insurmountable odds convincingly.

AAP had started the election campaign with several handicaps, one being lack of funds. BJP’s unit in Delhi has always been a fractured house for the last few years. And to overcome the obstacles, the mighty BJP was expected to steam-roll the sized AAP by banking on the Modi wave still active in the country and using Amit Shah’s strategy to target Kejriwal. While BJP levelled accusations at Keriwal and brought Keriwal’s one-time associate Kiran Bedi to the forefront, Keriwal led from the front. He relied on door-to-door campaign, personal contact, street-corner meetings, and spoke about local issues concerning the daily voters. He was out on the streets seeking forgiveness from the people for quitting as a Chief Minister after 45 days and regaining voter’s trust. Modi took a backseat and failed to lead from the front. A clueless BJP and an inept chief ministerial candidate in the form Kiran Bedi and her lack of man management and oratory skills further compounded the problems for BJP.

The stage is once again set for Arvind Kejriwal at Ramlila Maidan on 14th February where he will take oath as the 9th Chief Minister of Delhi once again.

Atreyee Roy (have 690 posts in total)

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