New Delhi went to poll last week and results are out. The main contest was believed to be between ruling Congress Party and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). But as it turns out, the ruling party stands decimated and the contest was between traditional BJP and last year formed Aam Admi Party (AAP) or Common Man’s Party. The latter is a new entrant and offering itself as a clean image and corruption free party. Out of 70 total seats in Delhi legislature, BJP got 31 and AAP got 28 seats respectively. After its rout the ruling party got 8 seats out of which 5 are from Muslim population dominated area.
It appears that BJP got its traditional voter support with a little or no addition. AAP got the votes of poor, migrant and students.The real question is that in the face of such clear wave against the ruling party why BJP, the party with largest seat and a national party could not get the right number of 36 seats and fell short by four seats?
Another question would be: How one year old party won 28 seats and the ‘King-slayer’?
Yet another question is who will form the Government? Time will tell the answer to the last. However the other two questions can be attempted.
One real example will show the malaise that affect Indian polity.
About a fortnight before elections, I visited and left a note with the office of local BJP councillor that a new voter who became major need to be added in voter list. Left my name and phone number. Till day nobody called back. Rumour has it that this councillor wanted to be MLA candidate, himself. Rumour also has it that the president of local BJP did not support or put in best effort in this election.
While AAP was going door to door claiming to be from common man and raising issues of importance and often with impractical solutions, BJP wanted to win this election by waving hands and clapping or relying totally on the rhetoric of Narendra Modi. The last did work but not enough.
It is often said that after a time, two enemies start to look alike. It appears that BJP’s cadre has also become as apathetic as Congress Party was known to be.
In a place like Delhi, where people are mostly educated, they want answers to their problems.
If BJP does not pull it’s socks and this happens to be the case every where, the Parliamentary elections next year in 2014 are also headed for hung parliament. Hare will be caught sleeping while tortoise will reach past the post.
© Sandeep Bhalla