The voters of Delhi have given a big ‘thumbs-up’ to Arvind Kejriwal’s Good Governance. The overwhelming majority with which he has returned to power, and the vote share he has, simply means that the people of Delhi have liked his five-year rule. This election was very important for Kejriwal, but in a way it was his political life and death. He is very new in politics, in such a way that if he loses this election, then his political journey could be stopped in a way. But he has shown that he is now a big force in Delhi and has established his roots.
Delhi was once the stronghold of the Congress party. Sheila Dixit ruled here on behalf of this party for 15 consecutive years, but the Congress is almost over here and the Aam Aadmi Party has replaced her. Almost all the votes of the Congress have gone towards the Aam Aadmi Party.
The BJP gave its full strength in this election. Home Minister Amit Shah went to almost every assembly constituency among the people, did a lot of padyatras, he went street to street, house to house; The BJP had fielded over 250 MPs in Delhi’s slums, even workers from Pune-Karnataka-Bihar were called, many Chief Ministers, Union Ministers engaged day and night, but the way The party carried out its election campaign, especially ‘shoot’ … and ‘Shaheen Bagh people will enter and rape’ the voters of Delhi. There is no doubt that he has gained in vote percentage by fighting the elections with full force, but he could not even increase it to give him a decisive edge.
Clearly, Delhi has given a big message to the whole country that such an election campaign will not go on. On the basis of the information that I have, I can say that the language of the BJP leaders of the youth of Delhi, especially the students, has gone quite exasperating and now it is clear that they have rejected this attitude. Not that CAA was not an issue in the minds of the people of Delhi, in my opinion there is support for this, but the way the Bharatiya Janata Party tried to focus the entire election on Shaheen Bagh did not like the people. .
On the other hand, Kejriwal was running a positive election campaign. He carried a report card of his rule among the voters. And this is not the case for the last 15-20 days. He designed his promotional campaign with great intelligence. Shortly after the Lok Sabha elections, when he came in number three and his party’s vote percentage fell to around 18 percent, he shifted his focus to Delhi and in a way reinvented himself. He abstained from the criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he supported the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, opposed the CAA, but stopped the fierce political attack on the Prime Minister that he was doing, but also the development of Delhi. For this, he talked about cooperating fully with the central government, he also went to meet Prime Minister Modi. This way,
Arvind Kejriwal kept his entire focus on local issues. The work done by his government in schools, the scale at which mohalla clinics were opened, CCTV cameras were installed, the marshals appointed in buses for the safety of women, the relief given to the people of the state in the matter of electricity and water Together they set the outline of their campaign. And then he also took help of Prashant Kishore. When the Bharatiya Janata Party released the arrow of Shaheen Bagh and tried to pull Kejriwal in this fight to polarize Hindu versus Muslim and called Kejriwal anti-national, he did not get caught in it at all. This strategy of BJP failed.
Of course some people have objected that Kejriwal did not speak on the issue of JNU, did not support the children of Jamia or Shaheen Bagh, but in my opinion he did not do it very thoughtfully, because he knew that If entangled in this debate, then their governance issue will end.
The Delhi election has taught the Bharatiya Janata Party a big lesson that you cannot contest elections in the state on national issues. For this you have to come to local issues. Before Delhi, Jharkhand and Haryana elections also gave this message to this party. As a party, the BJP will have to believe that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can win it in the Lok Sabha elections, but the leaders in the states have their own expectations and ambitions, if the party leadership in every state will be insignificant, then its The fate will also be similar to the Congress party. It is very important for him to establish leadership in the states.
Now Bihar has elections, followed by West Bengal and Assam elections. If the party’s performance is not good even in these states, then the opposition’s position will be strong. It is right that the Opposition does not have a leader at the Center right now, who can challenge Narendra Modi, but if the BJP loses one by one, how will Prime Minister Modi implement his plans and policies in the country? After all, these schemes land only through the state government. Therefore, the BJP will have to introspect how it can now make its politics more democratic.
In the Delhi model of which the Aam Aadmi Party talks, there is a big message for the opposition that if it is to defeat the BJP, then focus on local issues, not national issues. Mamta Banerjee has caught this formula of Arvind Kejriwal, now she is not making sharp attacks on the Prime Minister, but is going in the public on inflation, economy and her governance.