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Politics of hate v/s Politics of work done

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Published on February 20, 2020 with No Comments

“The message is simple, the politics of hate can be defeated. When an arrogant Home Minister in Modi government, Amit Shah  had to say, that the statements like “goli maaro” and “Indo-Pak match” should not have been made by BJP leaders ahead of the Delhi elections, says it all about the lesson that these elections have sent,”

The Delhi assembly elections have been one of the most venomous one, and the chief party responsible for the same has been the BJP. The basic ethics of contesting an election were shamed, the decorum as conceived by the Election Commission of India was torn apart. It was surprising that the lawmakers of the ruling party at the Centre had to be reprimanded by the Election Commission.

Look at the narrative, over the last six years, Arvind Kejriwal has been elected thrice by the voters of Delhi. BJP has not been elected in Delhi for the past five years and for the next years, it will have to remain in the opposition benches.

There are few reasons that went in favour of Kejriwal and against the BJP.

Free electricity and free water, provided by the AAP government when it came to power for the first time in 2013, proved to be a master stroke in 2015, and it worked again in 2020. Also the undue control that the mafia had over water tankers was brought to an end. The poor had witnessed the change that they had never experience and wanted to give it back in the form of voters to the Aam Aadmi Party.

On the Education front, Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia made vigorous efforts to improve the infrastructure and functioning of Delhi’s government schools. In addition to providing quality education for the under privileged, the infrastructure was now being compared with any school in western world. And the voters who saw a change in their schools, their wards wanted the changes to continue and hence came out to support the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).  

The failure of the BJP in announcing a chief ministerial candidate gave a chance to AAP to convey to the Delhi’s voters that the BJP did not have an able candidate to take on and to replace Arvind Kejriwal.

Over the last one year, AAP had been working hard to consolidate its base in Delhi.  The Kejriwal government further distributed freebies like no-cost bus and metro rides to women and students. This made the women voters to vote in bulk for AAP.  According to the AXIS MY INDIA exit poll agency, if 53% male voters voted for AAP, then 59% female voters favoured AAP. This 6% vote gap is decisive. Installation of CCTV cameras in the last three months also helped female voters to choose AAP over BJP.

The negative campaign against Muslims and Shaheen Bagh Protest by BJP titled the balance.  Muslims constitute 14% of Delhi population. Minorities have a tendency to vote in bulk and Muslims in particular voted for a party which was in a position to defeat the BJP. This time, they even choose to stay from the Congress.  This time, due to the Modi government’s policies, Muslims were more than determined to vote the BJP out, and hence voted for AAP.

The campaign this time was extra-ordinary negative, and that annoyed many supporters of the BJP. “Goli maro…” rhetoric should have definitely been avoided but the top leadership did not learn any lessons from history.  BJP’s supporters even compared the work done by the Modi government on all India level and the work done by Arvind Kejriwal and realized that Kejriwal had under promised and over delivered.

The victory of Aam Aadmi Party has sent a strong message to the Indian voters and to the political parties. The message is simple, the politics of hate can be defeated. When an arrogant Home Minister in Modi government, Amit Shah  had to say, that the statements like “goli maaro” and “Indo-Pak match” should not have been made by BJP leaders ahead of the Delhi elections, says it all about the lesson that these elections have sent.  Will it bring in a new narrative in the Indian politics? It has to be seen.

 

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