Sweet Revenge For BJP, No Need For Kejriwal To Lose Heart

The AAP and its leader Kejriwal need not lose heart after the defeat in MCD elections. Delhi voter is quick in changing his loyalties.

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New Delhi: The sweep in MCD elections registered on Wednesday was a sweet revenge for the BJP which had suffered a humiliating defeat in 2015 Assembly elections in Delhi after the staggering win in the 2014 general elections. The BJP had won just three Assembly seats in the House of 70. The AAP bagged the rest 67 seats. The Congress came to a naught.

Two years after creating history and emerging as an alternative model to both the BJP and the Congress, the AAP had persistently indulged in negative politics, what with the running battles with the then Lt. Governor Jung. BJP has been in control of all the three municipalities in Delhi for ten years. The combative AAP and the sulking Congress were not able to dislodge the saffron party. The double incumbency effect did not matter and the people gave the BJP a resounding victory and the AAP had to face abject defeat. Though they were only municipal elections they acquired high profile after the BJP and the AAP made it a prestigious contest going all out to win.

The municipal elections are more important to the AAP than the BJP. A win in these elections could have given the AAP better control over Delhi. It could have expanded its footprints at grassroots level which would have helped the party to sustain the dramatic win in the Assembly elections. After losing elections in Punjab and Goa and the drubbing in the Rajouri Garden Assembly by-poll, the AAP really needed a respectable tally in the MCD elections to boost its morale. It is a must for Kejriwal to set his house in order and prepare for the next Assembly election. His national ambitions were dashed with the defeat in Punjab on which Kejriwal had high hopes. If one goes by the fickleness in the electoral stance of Delhi people, Kejriwal need not lose heart. See how the Delhi voter has been changing his preferences.

In 1997 MCD elections, the BJP won 79 out of the total 134 wards. The Congress had got only 37. But in the Assembly elections next year, the Congress has got a handsome win by bagging 52 out of 70 seats. The BJP had got only 15 seats. In the general elections held in 1999, one year after the utterly disappointing performance in Assembly elections, the BJP had swept the polls by winning all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. Again in 2002 municipal elections, the Congress registered a mammoth win. In the next MCD elections, the BJP trounced the Congress and took over the three corporations which it holds even after the Sunday elections.

It was important to win MCD elections for BJP as well. It has taken revenge for the utter defeat in the Assembly elections. It is also E to send the signal that the winning streak is continuing and would extend to Gujarat and Karnataka where Assembly elections are due. It is very necessary for the BJP to win in a big way now since the loss in 2015 was made extremely humiliating because just before the 2014 general elections, the BJP had won 40 percents of the seats in Delhi Assembly and Kejriwal had to quit and go for mid-term polls. The Wednesday victory would work as a tonic for the BJP in Delhi.

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