Hi, Friends Welcome to MasterjiTips The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has won a resounding victory in Delhi in the assembly election, results of which were declared Tuesday, winning 62 out of the 70 seats.
The BJP could secure only 8 seats with Congress not registering a win in any seat. The BJP was able to improve its tally only by 5 from the last elections in 2015 even though they won all 9 parliamentary seats in the last general elections. The last time the BJP had won in the national capital was in 1993.
Speaking after the victory, Arvind Kejriwal said, “The people of Delhi have given birth to a new kind of politics — the politics of work. This is a vote for those who build schools, who provide electricity and healthcare. This augurs well for the country.”
He visited a Hanuman temple in Connaught Place after the victory. He is likely to take oath on 16th February 2020.
The following reasons were attributed to the AAP’s stunning victory.
(1.) Good governance
The AAP worked overdrive to an image makeover. Instead of harping on its usual nationwide anti-corruption movement, it shifted to focus on education reforms, better health services, free medicines, free power and water. Introducing free bus rides for women helped to increase its popularity, as also zero corruption claims.
They improved Delhi’s government-run schools, established affordable neighbourhood clinics and provided cheap water and electricity.
Kejriwal also consistently campaigned for greater autonomy for the state, as control of the police force and land still rests with the central government.
The party introduced sops like free bus rides for women, no electricity charges for up to 200 units, free Wi-Fi, free medicines, free pilgrimage for senior citizens and waiver of charges for new water and sewer connections. Womens’ safety being its focus, it installed about 3 lakh CCTV cameras and 2 lakh streetlights across the city. It also deployed 13,000 bus marshals and made mandatory an administration of pledge to boy students of all schools to behave well with girls. The party had also promised free bus rides for students in its poll manifesto.
(3.) Clean campaigning
Learning from his past mistakes, instead of attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi as always, Kejriwal this time touted his own government’s achievements. He refused to get drawn into anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh.
(4.) Leadership face
It projected Arvind Kejriwal as an able administrator. He was seen everywhere, from town hall events to public meetings to road shows and multiple mobile apps, and was able to interact with his voters. From producing an app similar to NAMO called “Arvind Kejriwal” to entering drawing rooms, and the launch of his website WelcomeKejriwal.in all helped to project him as the Chief Minister candidate. Kejriwal also referred to himself as “Aap Ka Beta” while campaigning.
In contrast, the BJP had no CM face, but relied on its polarising narrative. Calling Kejriwal a “terrorist” worked against them this time around. They were also unable to bait the AAP into Shaheen Bagh, the epicentre of anti-CAA protests.
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