– AAP all set to form government with thumping majority, BJP distant second
– Development pips polarisation
– Congress draws a blank, yet again
– Delhi Hindu voter more ‘mature’ now
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party surged to power in Delhi for a third term today, boosted by a massive mandate of 62 seats – just a shade lower than its record 67 seats of 2015.
“I love you Delhi,” the Chief Minister declared from the party office, predicting the beginning of a “new kind of politics” focussed on local issues and the government’s delivery.
The BJP, which ran a massive campaign under the leadership of Amit Shah built around the anti-CAA protests of Shaheen Bagh, received scant returns. The party is likely to be confined to a single-digit score, but an improvement on its 2015 tally of three seats.
The opposition and AAP hailed the mandate as one against the divisive campaign of the BJP. Kejriwal had steered clear of controversy, focussing instead on bread-and-butter iwssues like power and water, education, health and environment.
We were zero earlier, are zero now: Congress
Congress leader and Punjab cabinet minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said his party was not defeated in the Delhi election as its tally remained at zero like in 2015, and so it was the BJP’s loss. “We were zero earlier, and this time too we are zero. So it’s not our defeat. It’s a defeat for the BJP,” he said, referring to the election trends which gave the Congress no seat in the Delhi assembly election. The Congress had not won even a single seat in the 2015 Assembly polls too.
Silent protest, loud message
On the morning of February 11, the road leading up to Shaheen Bagh protest site is lined with people carrying placards. “Today’s protest is silent. We don’t support any political party,” the posters read. As TV crews arrived, protesters walk up to them, pointing to the placards taped to their bodies. They shake their heads, refusing to open their mouth.Inside the tent, women are sitting in rows, holding similar placards — “Today is silent protest. We are against police brutality. We don’t support any political party.”
Ghazab kar diya aap logon ne
Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday greeted a large number of supporters gathered outside his party’s headquarter in Delhi and termed AAP’s victory in Delhi as a win for the people who consider ‘him as their son’. Addressing his supporter amid a euphoric atmosphere at party’s Rose Avenue office, Aam Aadmi Party convener Kejriwal said, “Ghazab kar diya aap logon ne. I thank people of Delhi for reposing their faith in AAP for the third time. This the victory of the people who consider me as their son and voted for us.” “This is the beginning of a new kind of politics. This is a new sign”, he said. “I thank all the citizens of Delhi and all our party workers. Our party workers continued to work day and night,” he added.
Today is also my wife’s birthday: Kejri; she blushes
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday shared some lighter moments with his wife Sunita Kejriwal as his party retained power in the national capital. The Chief Minister told the sea of supporters that today is his wife Sunita’s birthday. The unexpected remark made her blush. She thanked supporters for birthday wishes.
Congratulations to AAP and Shri @ArvindKejriwal Ji for the victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections. Wishing them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 11, 2020
My best wishes & congratulations to Mr Kejriwal and the AAP on winning the Delhi Assembly elections.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 11, 2020