AAP SHOW … Kejriwal takes city by storm; in Q to fie nomination papers in final hours on Tuesday

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NEW DELHI: New Delhi constituency, where maximum attention will focus for the current Delhi Assembly elections, will see a fight between chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Delhi unit president, Sunil Yadav. Yadav’s name figures in the second list of candidates released by the BJP on Tuesday. The elections are slated for February 8. The Congress nominee for the seat is Ramesh Sabarwal, a former NSUI leader.

Kejriwal stood at the tail end of a long queue on Tuesday at Jamnagar House here to file his nomination, accompanied by his family and AAP leaders. Several independent candidates surfaced to file their nominations on the last day for filing of nominations, and the deadline for the process was 3pm.

Yadav, a BC face in the BJP’s Delhi circle, is an advocate by profession and a social activist. Kejriwal too is a BC hailing from the Agarwal community, which is strongly entrenched in urban areas. Sabarwal is BC too, from Agarwal community. While New Delhi’s base complexion is one of upper castes, Sikhs, the bureaucracy and their families, large influx of workforce who made the capital their home has changed the demography of the constituency to their advantage.

Kejriwal had won the New Delhi seat by polling 64 per cent votes in the 2015 assembly polls, which his AAP swept by winning all but three seats in the 70-member house. Last time, his BJP opponent was Nupur Sharma, a Brahmin. The AAP overall polled a decisive 54 per cent votes in the last polls.

Kejriwal is keen on bettering his and his party’s performance this time. On Monday he set off on a roadshow, which saw large swarms of people giving him full-throated support through the streets, raising slogans for his win, and waving brooms, it being his party’s election symbol representing the common man (aam admi). Caught in the people’s surge for the roadshow, Kejriwal could not extricate himself from the campaign’s start, and postponed his plan to file nomination papers. He would do so on Tuesday, the last day for nominations.  

Kejriwal ran the administration in the past five years with a considerable sense of sincerity and integrity, which is well-appreciated by the electorate. He is sugar-coating this image with a pre-election promise – in the form of a guarantee card — of free water and free electricity to the denizens. He has already introduced a system of free bus ride for women in the capital, wherein the need not take tickets for travel. 

DELHI POLLS

The Delhi assembly polls involves 14million voters.

The BJP is fighting the polls in alliance with NDA partners the JDU of Nitish Kumar, the LJP of Ramvilas Paswan and the Shiromani Akali Dal of Parkash Singh Badal. 

NEARLY 35 per cent of the electorate in Delhi polls are the settlers from the geographically contiguous areas of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. They are generally described as Purvanchalis (from the eastern side of the national capital). They form a decisive electoral force in one-third of the 70 constituencies.

LOK SABHA POLLS 2019 saw the Congress emerging second in five of the seven LS constituencies, driving the AAP to the third position. National sentiments ruled the voter mood and Modi was voters’s choice. Kejriwal and AAP were ignored as they were not aiming for power at the Centre. This time, local issues will dominate the public mood in favour or against the three main contenders — the AAP, the BJP and the Congress. 

Prominent vote banks are the Purvanchalis, the Punjabis, the Muslims, the slum-dwellers, the Brahmin-upper caste groups. Congress relied on Brahmin, upper caste votes plus the usual targets like the poor and the Muslims through the solgans of socialism and secularism. 

THE BJP originally banked on voters from Brahmin, upper caste and trading bloc. With the emergence of PM Modi at the BJP’s head, the poorer segments of the society including the BCs, SC-STs too shifted bases in substantial levels to the BJP. Like Kejriwal, Modi too is a hot favourite among poorer sections of urban life and women across the board  

BRAHMIN DRIFT … Modi is anathema to the Brahmins, as he took away the governance control from them at the political level, as against the rule by the Nehru family which cared principally for the interests of the Brahmins by entrenching them in administrative and other top levels. India is ruled essentially by Brahmin power at its bureaucratic apex, thanks also to the Nehru family. From the time of Independence, the bureaucracy, as also recruitment boards, is filled mostly with Brahmins–IHN-NN

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