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

The incumbent Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) has secured a massive win in the Delhi

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

The BJP’s defeat in Delhi comes on the heels of it losing in Jharkhand, failing to variety the authorities in Maharashtra, and getting forced into a coalition in Haryana just after the party fell brief of the majority mark.

AAP’s win on Tuesday is getting seen as a verdict at a time when nationwide protests are getting held in opposition to the amended citizenship legislation, like at the capital’s Shaheen Bagh. The BJP had made Shaheen Bagh the target of its election marketing campaign, interesting to citizens of Delhi to vote out “terrorists”.

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Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah, who only last month quit as BJP president and was succeeded by J P Nadda, had put his own prestige at stake by leading the election marketing campaign for the party, addressing several community meetings and also heading doorway to doorway to get in touch with voters.

During the marketing campaign, AAP, and its leaders like Delhi Main Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, had tried out to sidestep the contentious concern of the new citizenship legislation.

A boy dressed as Arvind Kejriwal, amid celebrations by party employees at AAP’s headquarters in New Delhi | Image: PTI

They had alternatively targeted on governance issues, particularly linked to better colleges and wellness services these types of as ‘mohalla’ clinics, supply of subsidised ability, drinking water provide and free community transport for women.

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The AAP received sixty two seats in the 70-member Assembly at the time of heading to print. It had received 67 seats in the prior Assembly polls in 2015. The party’s vote share of 53.58 for every cent this time was only marginally reduce when compared to 54.three for every cent in 2015.

The BJP received eight seats. In 2015, the BJP could win only three seats. Even so, the party improved its vote share substantially from 32.one for every cent in 2015 to 38.5 for every cent now.

The BJP had last received a Delhi Assembly poll in 1993 — which was also the initially to be held just after Delhi was granted partial statehood that calendar year. Even with its successes in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls, wherever it had received all 7 seats in Delhi, the party has struggled at the Assembly level.

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The Congress, which beneath Sheila Dikshit, dominated Delhi from 1998 to 2013, ongoing to tumble into irrelevance in the countrywide cash. For a second successive Assembly election, it could not win even a solitary seat. Its vote share dropped from 9.6 for every cent in 2015 to 4.26 for every cent. Only a few Congress candidates could safe their deposits.

The BJP, however, continues to management the countrywide capital’s civic authority, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Some party insiders blamed the loss more on the “poor governance” its management in the MCD has wrought instead than its polarising system for the polls.