Aam Aadmi Party seems to have weakened the hopes of both the Congress, which has been ruling Delhi for the last 15 years, and major opposition BJP
The debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seems to have weakened the hopes of both the Congress, which has been ruling Delhi for the last 15 years, and major opposition BJP which expects to benefit from a tough anti-incumbency aspect.
For the first time, the stage looks like set for a triangular competition when Delhi’s 11.5 million electorates exercise their right for a new 70-member assembly closely a month from now.
The Congress had won 43 seats in 2008 against 24 of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The growing of the 11-month-old AAP is credited to its reach to slum dwellers and the middle class, moaning under the burden of skyrocketing inflation and annoyed at corruption and growing incidents of crimes against women in the national capital under the rule of a woman chief minister, Sheila Dikshit.
But dearth of political experience might, though, deflate the AAP’s contentions of receiving a clear majority.
As per the political analysts, though the AAP is surely anticipated to leave an impression in the elections, there still stays question mark over how far it will be able to go.
And what may perhaps deteriorate affairs for the BJP, the faction-ridden opposition party, is the truth that it is deficient of a clear outlook and has been unsuccessful to benefit from the public rage against the ruling party’s collapses. The BJP has until now been incapable to exhibit itself as a unified power with disparities over who would be its chief ministerial candidate falling over in public.
The party has at last named Harsh Vardhan for the top job in Delhi, but what would be the degree of harm from the camp of his competitor Vijay Goel, who has been made to rein in his aspirations, continues to be visible.
However, AAP lacks political appeal and it won’t be able to do much damage to the two major parties. People are not contented with the Congress in Delhi and might vote for the BJP.
Apart from parties, development issues will also dictate the Delhi election picture.
The Sheila Dikshit-led Congress is looking for a fourth consecutive term based on accomplishments like the Delhi Metro, flyovers and regularisation of unauthorised colonies, which have been the vote bank for the Congress.
The BJP and the AAP are dragging up topics like high power and water tariff, unchecked corruption in civic agencies, absence of safety for women and suspected irregularities in the Commonwealth Games 2010. And if voted to power, the BJP has pledged to decrease electricity charges by 30 percent and give inexpensive housing to the underprivileged.