Kejriwal vs Dikshit: Aam Admi Party’s decision may cut into BJP’s votebank

Kejriwal vs Dikshit: Aam Admi Party’s decision may cut into BJP’s votebank News Service

New Delhi: The decision of Aam Admi Party to take on the Congress in the coming Assembly election in Delhi and announcement of the party chief Arvind Kejriwal to contest election from the constituency of chief minister Sheila Dikshit has raised a serious question: whether such an effort would yield any desired result for the new outfit or would cut into BJP’s votebank.

Not only he dubbed the Congress government in the state as a symbol of corruption, but went on to attack the BJP too. Party leader, Kumar Vishwas, said that three consecutive Assembly election defeat means that the saffron party has been wiped out from Delhi.

Kejriwal, while addressing party convention on Sunday, even went on to allege that there is a match-fixing between the BJP and Congress. He said the Hindutva party never gave a strong candidate against the chief minister. He even invited the state BJP chief, Vijay Goel, to contest the Assembly election from the same constituency from where he and the CM would contest. He alleged that if Vijay Goel refused to join the contest, his connivance with Dikshit would stand established.

Explaining his stand further he said in 1998, BJP fielded Kirti Azad from Gole Market, whom Dikshit defeated by 5,667 votes. In 2003 she defeated Poonam Azad by 12,935 votes and in 2008, despite delimitation that changed the profile of her constituency, the chief minister defeated BJP’s Vijay Jolly by a large margin.

Kejriwal said that unlike BJP, Aam Admi Party is willing to field strongest candidate against the chief minister.

However, political observers are almost unanimous in their view that Aam Admi Party has over-estimated itself. By deciding to go all out against the Congress it may end up cutting opposition BJP votes and thus pave the way for the victory of former.

As corruption seldom becomes an electoral issue and people still votes on caste or regional line it would be expecting too much that Aam Admi Party would upset the apple cart. This is so in spite of the fact that in the recent months it carried several anti-government agitations.

Sunday’s convention of the party was attended by about 1,000 volunteers. While the majority of them felt that Kejriwal should contest against Dikshit, they also suggested a few other seats. This included Tilak Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Kirari and Bijwasan.

Analysts are of the view that electoral politics is quite different from social activism. So it would be wrong to under-estimate Congress in Delhi.

Besides, BJP has no alternative face to counter Dikshit. In such a situation AAP’s decision may only weaken the saffron party further.

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