Despite AAP-Congress alliance, BJP set for third successive clean sweep in Delhi

The scenario was quite different this time since the AAP and Congress had joined hands in fighting against the saffron party in Delhi. But the outcome is the same.
BJP supporters celebrate the party's lead in the Lok Sabha elections at party headquarters as counting of votes underway, in New Delhi
BJP supporters celebrate the party's lead in the Lok Sabha elections at party headquarters as counting of votes underway, in New Delhi Shekhar Yadav

NEW DELHI: The BJP, which had swept the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the national capital, is all set to repeat its performance for the third consecutive time. BJP candidates have taken a decisive lead in all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi amid anticipation of a tough fight from the opposition.

The scenario was quite different this time since the AAP and Congress, both INDIA bloc partners, had joined hands in fighting against the saffron party in Delhi. But the outcome is the same.

Urban voters, considered as the core voters of the BJP, have again shown confidence by supporting the party in the city. The BJP’s strategy to replace six of the seven sitting MPs also helped the party.

The only sitting MP to remain in the fray is Manoj Tiwari, two-time MP from North East Delhi, where he is leading against Kanhaiya Kumar of the Congress.

In the prestigious New Delhi seat, the BJP's Bansuri Swaraj is fighting against AAP MLA and former Delhi Minister Somnath Bharti, while in West Delhi, the BJP's Kamajeet Sehrawat is leading against the AAP’s Mahabal Mishra. Mishra is a former MP from the seat while Sehrawat is a former mayor.

In East Delhi, former mayor Harsh Malhotra of the BJP is leading against the AAP's sitting MLA Kuldeep Kumar. In North West Delhi, the BJP’s Yogendra Chandolia is leading against the Congress’ Udit Raj. Chandolia is a former mayor while Raj is a former MP from the same seat.

In South Delhi, the BJP's Ramvir Singh Bhaduri is leading against Sahi Ram Pahalwan of the AAP, while in Chandni Chowk the BJP's Praveen Khandelwal is ahead of JP Agarwal of the Congress.

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Though the AAP and Congress are in alliance in the capital, several factors went against them including the delay in announcement of candidates by the Congress, delay in kicking off the campaign and lack of joint campaigning and coordination between both the allies. Senior AAP leaders were seen campaigning for Congress candidates but no senior Congress leader was seen campaigning for AAP candidates.

The arrest of AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the campaign also went against the INDIA bloc. The AAP had announced its candidates in the second week of March and started campaigning accordingly. A couple of weeks later, Kejriwal was arrested in connection with the Delhi excise policy scam. The development came when its other senior leaders Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Satyendar Jain were already in jail in corruption cases. The Supreme Court gave 21 days’ interim bail to Kejriwal for campaigning in the general elections but the party could not gain momentum. The BJP's attack on the AAP over corruption charges may have led a section of AAP voters to shift towards the BJP.

The resignation of Arvinder Singh Lovely as Delhi Congress President also hit the INDIA bloc. Criticising the alliance with the AAP, Lovely would later join the BJP. His departure derailed the Congress’s campaign, with many former party MLAs and councillors joining the BJP in solidarity with Lovely.

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