FINAL TALLY: AAP 62 seats; BJP eight seats; Others NIL.
NEW DELHI: The Aam Aaadmi Party led by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is assured of a new term in power as the assembly poll results went mostly in favour of the party, while the BJP appeared to have improved its seat position in the 70-member house. While the counting was still progressing in the afternoon, the latest from the counting centre was that the AAP rode high in 63 seats and the BJP in seven seats.
Kejriwal is likely to be sworn in for a third time as Delhi CM on February 14, the same day he took office in his second term in 2015. His first stint in 2013 lasted less than 50 days as the Congress withdrew its support to him.
The results are seen as an endorsement of Kejriwal’s Good Governance claim in the past five years, when he worked for the common man by strengthening the government-run education and healhcare systems which benefited the ordinary masses immensely. His government was not totally free of bribes/donations to the party, but overall he and his government maintained a clean image.
Arvind Kejriwal stated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2012, shortly after he participated prominently in the Anti-Corruption campaign of Maharashtra-based social activist and Gandhian, Anna Hazare. Kejriwal took the stand that corruption had to be fought from within the establishment rather than from outside. Anna Hazare did not agree with the formation of a political party and kept away from Kejriwal.
|Magsaysay for social work ,,, work in slums in Delhi|
Kejriwal, who did his graduation from the IIT Kanpur, started off as a revenue service official. Alongside, he engaged in social work, reached out to the slums in Delhi and did humanitarian work for the poor. It later won him a Magsaysay Award. It was armed with this reputation, and the name he earned as a front-line activist of India Against Corruption (IAC) that Kejriwal stepped into politics.
|Kejri with wife, daughter and his deputy Manish Sisodia|
CONGRESS IN TOTAL DISARRAY
The Congress party is in total disarray. The party that ruled Delhi for many years until 2013 under the able leadership of Sheila Dikshit as chief minister, lost deposit this time in over 60 of the 70 seats. The PCC chief Subhash Chopra put in his resignation and accepted moral responsibility for the party’s humiliating defeat in all the constituencies. Congressmen remained tongue-tied after the results were out. No one expected of the Congress to fare well, but no one also expected of it to go so deep down in public esteem. With Muslims unitedly backing Kejriwal and AAP, the Congress had no one to look up to for solace. Muslims do not see Kejriwal as a friend; but they also reckon that he will not harm them. Hence, the solid electoral support for AAP this time.
SHAH, OTHER BJP LEADERS SULKING
The several assembly poll defeats for the BJP, one after another, is exercising
the minds of BJP’s rank and file. No one in the party expected such a poor
show for the party. This comes close on the heels of the party’s defeat in
Jharkhand assembly polls, as also the loss of power in Maharashtra, besides
the less-than-expected win in Haryana. Overall, every state is discarding the
BJP as if the honeymoon with the saffron side has ended. PM Modi however
retains high popularity rating in opinion polls. IHN=NN