A divided BJP Delhi unit could not finalise a chief ministerial candidate to take on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. As a consequence, BJP will be contesting another Assembly poll in the name of PM Narendra Modi. BJP lacks a tall leader in Delhi who can rally support from various sections of society here.
Jan 22, 2020, 08.50 AM IST
NEW DELHI: The
have become a litmus test of whether a party can win an election on the back of its achievements in the last five years. Aam Admi Party is fighting the polls on the basis of work done in the field of education, health and infrastructure development, forcing its main opponent
to give equal space to these issues while trying to polarise the elections.
A divided BJP Delhi unit could not finalise a chief ministerial candidate to take on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. As a consequence, BJP will be contesting another Assembly poll in the name of PM Narendra Modi. BJP lacks a tall leader in Delhi who can rally support from various sections of society here. In 2015 polls, the party fielded Kiran Bedi as its CM candidate mid-way, ostensibly to prevent all the blame for the rout falling on Modi.
AAP is banking on the impact it has made in the education sector, especially improving the functioning of the government schools; Mohalla clinics for affordable health facilities; efforts made to improve traffic and pollution situation in the capital; free or cheap power; and clean drinking water. Kejriwal continues to enjoy a high credibility and is the most popular leader in the state.
BJP has countered AAP campaign saying that most achievements are on paper. BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi alleged that scores of Mohalla clinics have shut down and those still functional only have medicines for aches and pains. The party has also rubbished AAP’s claim of providing clean drinking water.
The two parties are also claiming credit for regularisation of unauthorised colonies and expansion of metro rail.
However, BJP’s challenge is Kejriwal. Recent Assembly elections – be it Rajasthan, MP, Haryana, Chhattisgarh or Maharashtra – have shown the voter can abandon BJP if it feels the opposition has good local leadership and delivers on promises.
The protests over Citizenship Amendment Act, the violence at JNU and Jamia Millia University has given a handle to BJP to polarise the elections.
Congress has been further weakened after passing away of Sheila Dikshit. BJP is also hoping that the grand old party will do well in some pockets as a triangular fight will brighten its prospects.