Delhi, which is called the heart of the country, is quiet now. People here have exercised their franchise and now the results are awaited. These election results will not only choose the face of the rulers of this half-baked state, but will also leave some new lines on the huge canvas of Indian democracy. The poison in your memory right now will be fresh in this memory. The election was of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, but issues such as were being decided for the entire country. The Bharatiya Janata Party fielded the entire army of eminent nationalists. This was the first time in the long history of seven decades of Indian democracy, when a party deployed its two hundred and fifty MPs in a total of 70 assembly seats. During this period, the former president of the party and the current Home Minister Amit Shah put all his strength. They knocked on people’s doors like ordinary workers, The BJP addressed dozens of big and small gatherings and tried to reach out to the people through 35 public meetings. Uttar Pradesh’s firebrand Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also addressed 12 election rallies. The entire effort of these leaders was to bring the majority of voters to their side. The BJP always tries to show that it wants to get a majority for the majority. Others want a majority for the majority.
The BJP fought this election in the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but this time he addressed only two public meetings. He had met the public four times in the last election. It is clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party was making inroads. The attempt was that ‘Brand Modi’ should not be damaged at all if the outcome is not favorable. However, the BJP has attempted to pass this test through the historic decisions taken by the Prime Minister in ‘national interest’ – triple talaq, Article 370 and Citizenship Amendment Act. This is the reason that all the leaders gave the highest place in their speeches to the dharna of Shaheen Bagh. In its cut, the top leaders of AAP were saying that the responsibility of removing the dharna of Shaheen Bagh is the responsibility of the people maintaining law and order. Delhi’s law and order comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs, why is it not doing its job? Now only the election results will tell whose reason the public liked more in both,
Arvind Kejriwal reading Hanuman Chalisa is an example of this. Later he was also seen wearing mace in a public meeting. Even before this, you would have seen all the leaders going to temples, monasteries and dargahs during elections. Sonia Gandhi once said that the Congress was proved anti-Hindu, so we had to face defeat. Some might call it an attempt to establish the dominance of the majority, but it is true that AAP, which started Delhi elections in the name of development, was also forced to change its colors to fight the BJP. He was looking at it, on the pretext of Shaheen Bagh, the saffron party is trying to change the attitude of the wind. The incidents of firing at Jamia and Shaheen Bagh had also added to the atmosphere of apprehension. If this sequence would have been strong, ‘AAP’ could have faced problems.
The organizers of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in various parts of the country including Shaheen Bagh were also not unaware of this fact. To avoid communal polarization, he decided to use the Constitution’s books, the national anthem, Gandhi and Ambedkar as symbols of resistance. In some places there were attempts to raise slogans related to religion, but the protesters stopped it from becoming a trend. The agitators did not want their efforts to be accepted as the efforts of a particular class. This is the second sign of change in our customs and thoughts. Some consider it the pressure of the majority, but if you want, you can call it an example of maturity of Indian democracy.
From the assessments made before this election, it was clear that ‘AAP’ has an upper hand. That is why the BJP adopted an aggressive style from the beginning. Home Minister Amit Shah himself was completely at the helm of this barricade. If you look at his track record, you will find that he contests every election as if it is his first and last summer. In Jharkhand, Shah understood that the wind was not blowing in his favor. Seeing less crowds in a public meeting, he had said that the election cannot be won in this way. Every person present here should take the responsibility that he will motivate at least fifty people to vote in our favor. When the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by Parliament, more than 50 percent of the seats in Jharkhand were to be voted on. Shah tried his best to pull the majority society into his court through this bill. The mandate of Jharkhand may not have come in favor of the BJP, but Shah did not let his workers get frustrated till the end.
Things were more difficult in Delhi. Arvind Kejriwal jumped into the battle with a list of works done on common issues like education, electricity, water and health. He does not prove inferior to anyone in terms of honesty and governmental integrity. In such a situation, ‘extra effort’ was needed to get the BJP a prestigious place. Will Delhi provide a meaningful result of Amit Shah’s effort? Or, Kejriwal’s work will be heavy? How much profit or loss did AAP have on trying to make their way out of contention with the Congress reluctantly? Regardless of the trends proving all the election forecasts and exit polls, it would be appropriate to wait till the afternoon of 11th to get an accurate answer to these questions.