70 assembly constituencies with 672 candidates in fray…13,750 polling booths…14.7 million voters, deciding the fortune of Country’s capital, the high-stakes Delhi Assembly election is underway. Going by the on-ground reports 6.96 per cent voter turnout was recorded by the time of reporting. With the aggressive election campaigning coming to an end on February 6th, the big fight was said to be between Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) while the Congress party was almost not seen during the campaign.
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) all on board seeking a third term while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pinned their hopes to bank the edge of being in the ruling. It was Kejriwal who previously broke the wall of Congress, which was in power for 15 years at a stretch in Delhi under the leadership of former Chief Minister late Sheila Dixit. On the other hand, BJP which has been waiting for almost 22 years to retain power in the capital, seems to be confident over the win under the guidance of master minds Modi-Shah. While BJP won 3 seats last time, Congress didn’t open its account.
It is a known fact that political strategist Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC ran a strong social media campaign to project its governance record, especially the transformation of government schools, public health systems, electricity and water supply at subsidised rates and free bus travel for women. Though the BJP strongly voiced against the Kejriwal in many rallies meetings, political analyst opined that public interaction programmes, town hall meetings by Kejriwal, small corner meetings in neighbourhoods worked in favour for the ‘Aam Aadmi’. Rounding it off, this time election is literally Modi Vs Kejriwal and the nation has to wait till February 11 for the results.