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BJP or AAP: Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

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Pressure is building upon both the rival parties in Delhi. BJP’s leaders and supporters are refusing to accept the exit polls surveys, whereas AAP inspite of being in celebration mode is counting day i.e. for the 10th February, when final results will be announced for Delhi Assembly. Media was very keen by giving hourly predictions in the name of exit polls and surveys. Delhi is excitingly awaiting the results of the assembly election. Polling was extended by an hour and a half in several booths because of long queues on Saturday. Delhi registered record polling in the Assembly elections with a 67.08 per cent turnout, higher than the 65.63 per cent, a 20-year record, set in December 2013. Officials said more than 89 lakh people voted, 11 lakh more than in the 2013 elections. The highest turnout of 69.96 per cent was recorded in North-East district, with the Gokalpur (SC) constituency recording 73.46 per cent. The exit polls were commissioned by television channels, and their sample sizes and methodologies were not immediately available for scrutiny on Saturday evening. The exit polls also gave the AAP between 12 and 15 percentage points more vote share than in 2013; in the last election, the party was second to the BJP in vote share, but in Saturday’s exit polls, it topped the BJP. The BJP’s projected vote share is higher than what it was in the 2013 Assembly election, but lower than in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, in which it swept all seven parliamentary seats in Delhi.

Exit polls declared seats for AAP between 48 (Today’s Chanakya) and 39 (mid-point of C-Voter/ Times Now survey). Even the best case scenario for the BJP in the polls, which would be the upper limit of C-Voter’s margin of error, only gave it 33 seats, three short of a majority. Exit polls is a broad indication of the impending result. Although BJP swept the parliamentary elections, it is not necessary that a repeat performance is possible. The outcome of Delhi assembly election might be viably substantiated as well credibly endorse the emergence of new pole in Indian politics through AAP. It has earlier also projected the victory of AAP; if such thing happens, then it will be huge setback for two major pillars of Indian politics (Congress & BJP). These parties or others were sharing power alternately in India since the emergence of democratic system in India. It is really disheartening to see BJP is not in power with his PM’s popularity being internationally acclaimed. The emergence of AAP in Indian politics, not only formulate a new pole in Indian politics but its credentials intellectually would be accepted as well ratified through the corridor of rather educated population of Delhi. It would be new dawn in Indian politics.

In all exit polls, the Congress appeared to have been decimated. The best estimate gave it four seats, half of its 2013 tally. The party is projected to have lost over 10 percentage points from 2013 in its vote share, and could do even worse than it did in the Lok Sabha elections, where it got just over 15 per cent of the vote. This will take the Congress’s performance in Delhi to a new low, beating the record it set itself in 2013.

Kejriwal and Bedi, both the leaders had campaigned intensively in the last few weeks in one of the most fiercely fought assembly elections in decades. Before wrapping up his campaigning following a low-key road show in his New Delhi constituency, the AAP chief addressed as many as 110 rallies spread over 70 constituencies in the city. Kejriwal averaged four rallies a day, with the first one starting around 2 pm in the afternoon everyday while the last rally generally going on till at least 9 pm. After being named as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, Bedi led a series of road shows all over the city.

Both worked hard for their own as well as party’s win. Apart from Bedi, Modi too held several rallies to spread his assumed waves and charm. However, it seems that his waves have not worked this time. If AAP wins, then it will be a shock treatment for BJP. All the exit polls have given the AAP a decisive edge over the BJP. An estimated 67 per cent turnout was recorded on Saturday during the polls where a total of 673 candidates are in the fray for the 70-member Delhi Assembly. Whereas BJP has rejected the exit poll surveys and maintained that they will be proven wrong on February 10.

Countdown has begun, let’s see who will be crowned as Delhi CM. Just one day to go, whosoever wins should understand the priority of the state and its people. So far, BJP has failed to perform after coming to power in Centre. Let’s hope, these fear of loss may give some wisdom and realisation to BJP.

If AAP comes to power then Kejriwal should take it as second chance and live up to the people’s expectation. He should focus on the development and women security in Delhi. Delhi’s legislative election will give high stability to the country. Kejriwal should struggle to fulfill all the promises which he has given in his party’s manifesto and gain public trust.

For now……….Jo jeeta wohi Sikander.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for past 16 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs. Besides journalism, she is also an Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author.
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