Given that AAP will not support either Congress or BJP when in position to make government forming alliance, the fate of Delhi is pretty much expected to be a hung assembly. But the party, which was carved out of the anti-corruption movement and has ‘˜broom’ as its symbol is hoping to sweep the elections.
When the government was neck deep in scams, and the people lost their faith in other parties as well, rise of an alternative became imminent. When the recent Times Now-CVoter survey came out, it was not surprising to see Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party gaining ground in Delhi.
According to the poll survey, the Congress party is likely to drop to 29 seats from its current 43; the BJP is likely to 30 seats, an increase from its current 23 seats; while the Aam Aadmi Party will get around four seats.
According to AAP’s own survey, if elections were held between September 5 and October 5, the party would have received 32 per cent vote share, followed by the Congress (28 per cent) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (24 per cent). AAP is leading in 32 seats, the Congress in 28 and the BJP in 10 seats, the survey has predicted. It also claims that AAP and BJP will tie in one seat. There are 21 seats where the AAP trails by a small margin that party activists believe can be made up.
The better position of barely an year old AAP is due to the hard work its members have put in the capital. When the bigger parties were busy with other matters and did not even have a clue as to who will be given tickets from a constituency, AAP had organized its members assigning them their constituencies to work and make a door to door contact with people.
Even though other parties are recognizing AAP’s rise, they are yet not ready to accept it as a changemaker. Congress is dismissing the surveys by saying that none of the parties have declared their chief minister candidates, in which case it is difficult for the people to decide on who they want to win in elections.
Union Minister Kapil Sibal’s statement from an interview given to a leading English newswire recognized this fact. “So, it is not as if we should brush aside the Aam Aadmi Party, but it is also not as if the Aam Aadmi Party is the future of Delhi,” he was reported saying.
A lot depends upon the choice of CM candidate from these parties as well. While Congress harps on the fact that the current Delhi CM, Shiela Dikshit, is still a favourite choice of the people according to the TimesNow-CVoter survey, BJP is yet to decide on its CM candidate. Although the surveys projected Vijay Goel, current BJP Delhi chief, on second position, till the latest news BJP was considering Dr Harsh Vardhan for the post.
AAP has declared its candidates for 60 out of 70 assembly seats in Delhi. The people in the poll fray are common men with no political background. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, member Manish Sisodia and spokesperson Shazia Ilmi are also in the field.
Given that AAP will not support either Congress or BJP when in position to make government forming alliance, the fate of Delhi is pretty much expected to be a hung assembly. But the party, which was carved out of the anti-corruption movement and has ‘broom’ as its symbol is hoping to sweep the elections.