Delhi Elections: AAP's resounding lead presents a huge debacle for BJP!

Although the counting is yet to over, the results that have been hitting the headlines reveal that the Aam Aadmi Party would likely to retain the power in the state by sweeping the seats beyond the majority mark as what it appears to be a huge debacle for Central ruling BJP party that has been trailing on the ballots. The developments certainly capture the dimming popularity of the Modi government which has been facing unprecedented agitation over its recent policies that largely resemble the BJP government's attempts of rolling out its Hindutva propaganda.

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi party has been on the lead since the vote counting began on Tuesday and at the time of writing, the party leads in 58 of 70 constituencies while BJP leads in the rest and the reports say that the numbers imply the resounding victory for AAP as the party members had started celebrations for taking a huge lead in the elections while BJP's headquarters had seen no presence of the members.

AAP members celebrating at the party's office in Delhi - Feb 11, 2020 - ANI photo


The Legislative elections had held on February 8, 2020, and the voters' turnout recorded with 62%. The reports have stated that the counting has been taking place at 21 centers across the city. The exit polls carried the prediction that the Aam Aadmi Party would retain the power and as per the predictions, Aam Aamdi soars high in the battle against the BJP, which stoops low. If Arvind Kejriwal wins the election, he would be holding the office of the Chief Minister for the third time.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the election campaign


On the other hand, Delhi is one of the states that present huge debacle for the BJP after Maharashtra and Jharkhand - both were BJP's strongholds previously, in a short period after sweeping huge victory in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Central ruling party held an extensive campaign in Delhi elections under pressure to bank the state in its account. However, the results have been presenting the aberrant developments for the BJP as its policies including the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC), and National Population Register (NPR), have been instigating fierce upheaval across the nation with Delhi voters being the strongest critics for the Center's policies.

The Central BJP government has hit the campaign trail with the package that ratifies the Modi government's governance after getting re-elected in May 2019. By largely depending on the Hindu vote base, the BJP party has highlighted some of its reforms including abrogation of special status in Kashmir and building a Ram temple in the disputed land in Ayodhya.

Arvind Kejriwal along with the leaders at the party's office - Feb 11, 2020 - ANI photo


Some of the major poll promises of BJP include ensuring the best educational opportunities for children, clean water for every household, smart electricity grids, procurement of 10,000 green buses, efforts for controlling air pollution, implementing the Lokpal, and increasing the pensions for senior citizens. While AAP and BJP have started its account, the Congress party, which ruled Delhi for 15 years, hasn't opened its account this time and hadn't given a tough fight either. After Kejriwal leads strongly in Delhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated her Delhi counterpart and DMK President Stalin has also congratulated Arvind Kejriwal.

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