NEW DELHI: The Delhi assembly poll result is seen by non-BJP parties and poll analysts as a sign of the fading appeal of the saffron party’s Hindutva politics that the party cleverly used to gain power in Delhi and in several states in the last two decades.
The saffron party’s high voltage campaign woven around abrogation of Article 317 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Citizenship Amendment Act and Ram temple has failed to impress the people of Delhi, a mini-India represented by migrants from all parts of the country.
The party’s tally in the 7-member assembly is likely to remain confined to single digit as per counting trends available at 5 pm on Monday, February 11. Party president J P Nadda and Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari, who claimed that the party will capture power with about 50 seats, have accepted defeat and congratulated Kejriwal for the resounding victory he has achieved.
The chief minister has given the credit to the people of Delhi. Congratulating the people, he said that the massive sweep made by the party marks the start of a new politics not only in Delhi but also the entire country. "This new politics based on education, health and development will usher in a new era for India," Kejriwal said.
"Thanks for trusting your son, It's a victory for all the families who have benefitted from improved health and education." Kejriwal said that Delhi has chosen "kaam ki rajneeti". "This is Delhi's message. Vote for mohalla clinics. Vote for 24x7 electricity. Votes for roads, development, education and healthcare. This is what Delhi's votes mean," said Kejriwal, who was called a terrorist by senior BJP leaders.
Congratulating Arvind Kejriwal, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray took a dig on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the face of the BJP in Delhi. "People have shown that the country will be run by 'Jan Ki Baat', not 'Mann Ki Baat'. BJP called Kejriwal a terrorist but couldn't defeat him," Udhav said.
Former AAP leader, Yogendra Yadav said that the AAP victory was a "well deserved victory in the face of dirty tricks of the regime and a docile EC. Congratulations to people of Delhi for defeating the most vitriolic campaign of communal hatred in recent times and stopping it from becoming a national template."
Election strategist Prashant Kishore, who was ousted from Janata Dal (U) for opposing the CAA, said that the people of Delhi have stood up to protect the soul of India by voting for AAP.
Congratulating the AAP government in Delhi for a "sweeping victory", veteran politician and NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, "I don't think BJP's series of defeat will stop soon."
Congress leader Chidambaram said AAP has won and bluff and bluster lost. “The people of Delhi, who are from all parts of India, have defeated the polarising, divisive and dangerous agenda of the BJP. I salute the people of Delhi who have set an example to other states that will hold their elections in 2021 and 2022,” he added.
While expressing disappointment over the drubbing his party has received, Senior Congress leader Abishek Singhvi said that this a 'defeat with happiness' as BJP has lost. He accused BJP of having arrogance and indulging in politics of divide.
Accepting the defeat, BJP president JP Nadda said that the BJP will fulfill the role of being a "constructive" Opposition party in the Delhi Assembly.
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