ARVIND Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to a stupendous victory yet again in the Delhi Assembly polls, dealing a body blow to the main rival BJP and completely decimating the Congress in a keenly-watched battle in the midst of anti-CAA protests. The 51-year-old bureaucrat-turned-politician almost replicated the AAP’s fairy-tale victory of 2015 by riding on his Government’s development agenda, and in the process emerged as a key leader in the national political landscape. As the AAP cruised to victory, leaders cutting across party lines including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi (Congress), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Mamata Banerjee (TMC), Naveen Patnaik (BJD) and MK Stalin (DMK) congratulated Kejriwal for the historic win.
According to the final figures released by the Election Commission, the AAP won in 62 of the 70 seats with a total vote share of 53.57 per cent. The BJP emerged victorious in the remaining eight seats, getting 38.51 per cent of the total votes. The Congress could not even manage a single seat and ended with 4.26 per cent vote share. The AAP’s stupendous victory comes nearly eight months after it suffered a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in which the party drew a blank while the BJP won all the seven seats. The victory also assumes significance as it came in the face of BJP’s no holds barred attack against protesters opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as “supporters of Pakistan” during the bitterly-fought campaign.
“Dilliwalon, ghazab kar diya aapne (Delhiites, you have done the impossible). I love you,” Kejriwal, flanked by his wife, daughter and senior party leaders, said in a brief thank you address at the party’s headquarters here. “It is the beginning of new kind of politics today. This is very auspicious message for the country and the politics of work can only take our country to the 21st century,” he added. “It is a victory for Bharat Mata (mother India),” he said as a large number of supporters cheered him. Later, he visited the famous Hanuman temple near Connaught Place along with his family and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
All AAP heavyweights including Sisodia, Raghav Chaddha and Atishi, Gopal Rai, Satyendar Jain emerged victorious. Opposition leaders hailed AAP’s landslide win as a defeat of the politics of polarisation and hate and a victory of inclusive politics, saying “winds of change” are blowing in the country. Leaders of non-BJP parties cutting across party lines said the poll outcome showed that elections can be fought and won on the development plank. There was also a call for all regional parties to come together to keep the BJP out of power. Though BJP’s campaign focused on national security issues, the AAP mainly focused on its achievements in the fields of education, healthcare and infrastructure. A total of 672 candidates, including 593 men and 79 women, were in the fray for the hotly contested elections.
Vows to work closely with Centre for Delhi
NEW DELHI :
AS Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Arvind Kejriwal over his victory in the Delhi Assembly elections, the AAP chief said he looks forward to working with the Centre for the capital’s development. Modi, in a tweet, wished Kejriwal luck for his coming tenure. “Congratulations to AAP and Arvind KejriwalJi for the victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections. Wishing them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi,” Modi posted. In his response, Kejriwal said he wishes to make Delhi a world class city. “Thank u so much, sir. I look forward to working closely with Centre to make our capital city into a truly world class city,” he tweeted.