Delhi Elections: AAP retains the power amid the fierce battle!

Amid the fierce electoral battle, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has retained the power in the capital with a huge majority and its clear to form the third consecutive government. AAP has been on the lead since the counting began on Tuesday as predicted in the exit polls. By registering the resounding victory, AAP has again restored its stronghold in the nation's capital nearly eight months after the party has lost all the seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Delhi to the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Out of 70 legislative seats, Aam Aadmi Party has been leading in 62 seats while the rest seven seats were grabbed by the Central ruling BJP party. Although AAP has been trailing in 5 seats from its 2015 tally of 67 seats, the party has managed to revive from the loss amid the heated campaign from the BJP party, which hit the campaign grounds with the test to prove the popularity of Modi. However, the party which bagged seven parliamentary seats in 2019 had now left with eight legislative seats.

Arvind Kejriwal waves his hand after the victory - Feb 11, 2020 - ANI photo


While addressing the supporters after the victory, Arvind Kejriwal has said that its the victory of the people of Delhi. He stated that the politics of work has taken birth in Delhi and the victory of AAP is the victory of the entire country. After ending up in the second spot and the only party after AAP to have the place in the assembly, BJP has accepted the defeat. BJP National president J.P.Nadda has said that the party accepts the mandate given by the people of Delhi and added that the Central ruling party would be playing a role of constructive opposition in the state's assembly.

Arvind Kejriwal delivering his victory speech - Feb 11, 2020 - ANI photo


While, on one hand, AAP and BJP had recorded the numbers, on the other hand, Congress party, which ruled the state for 15 years, had for the second time failed to open its account. Congress party Official spokesperson Randeep Surjewala admitted that the people's mandate is against the party and added that the leadership has resolved to revive and rebuild the party.

         BJP National President JP Nadda - File photo


The reports have revealed that despite the loss, the BJP has gained in this election after the party witnessed the increase in its vote share. In 2015, the party had 32.2% of vote share while this election had recorded with 38.8% - nearly 6% rise in five years. It has been reported that the Central ruling party had gained the vote share after its national rival Congress stooped low in two consecutive elections. In this election, the vote share of the Congress party stood at 4.25% while it recorded with 9.7% in 2015 - a drastic decrease of about 5 percent and whereas the ruling AAP had witnessed a slight decrease in the vote share in the current election than what it had in 2015.

After registering a huge victory, the leaders of various political parties have been reaching out to Arvind Kejriwal. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, DMK President M.K.Stalin, Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan have congratulated the Delhi Chief Minister. Mamata said that the BJP would be facing similar results in West Bengal, which would be hosting the assembly elections next year.

(L-R) Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, and Chandrababu Naidu - File photo


Although the BJP's campaigns were led by the party's central leadership including the Central ministers, it managed to elevate the vote share but failed to fish Delhi under its rule. BJP has been losing its strongholds across the nation after its victory in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Last year it lost the states of Maharashtra and Jharkhand to the opposition and now Delhi gets added in the list. BJP's loss in Delhi has come at a crucial time when the party has been facing strong agitations against its policies including the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC), and National Population Register (NPR).