He told the newspaper, “Hate speech should be avoided. They were not needed in Delhi polls. We should have focused on what we delivered or would deliver rather than over-emphasizing on Shaheen Bagh and other negative issues.” He added that his party would not support any such effort. … [Read more...] about Bihar assembly election | Won’t allow hate speech in poll campaign, focus on local issues instead: Chirag Paswan
Surrey election results
An election campaign which had it all — development, nationalism, hyper-nationalism, religion, communalism, name calling — has thrown up a verdict which has in it something for everyone. While the results are yet to be formally announced by the Election Commission of India, trends suggest that the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is returning to power. The main opposition party in Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is in a distant second place. The Congress appears to be where it was five years ago — with no seats. … [Read more...] about Delhi Results | Elections in India can be fought and won on the development plank
In that spirit, let’s imagine what Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would have done if Delhi were a full state; if the Delhi government also had control over the Delhi Police (law and order) and better utilisation of land (the Delhi Development Authority). How about if AAP won an election and formed the government in a full state, say Punjab or Haryana? What could be the sea of changes it would usher in? … [Read more...] about Delhi Results | Four challenges for AAP in the road ahead
That was not all. Union minister Prakash Javadekar referred to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal as a “terrorist”. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP’s star campaigner for Delhi Yogi Adityanath said at a rally at Vikaspuri, in Delhi that “why a Pakistani minister is making statements in support of Arvind Kejriwal? Because he knows that only Kejriwal can feed biryani to the protesters at Shaheen Bagh.” Going by Adityanath’s logic, how would one interpret Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement in April 2019 that it was better if Modi came back to power in India? … [Read more...] about Delhi Elections | Will its polarising pitch help BJP?
The first factor has been blunted over the last few years. The Gandhis are still popular Congress leaders, but they have lost the vote-pulling ability once associated with them. Rahul Gandhi lost his Lok Sabha seat of Amethi in 2019, and in the recent Delhi assembly polls the Congress finished at an embarrassing third place despite Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra campaigning. … [Read more...] about Politics | Will Congress address the elephant in the room?