The fervour for AAP is at an all-time high while BJP seems clueless and already on the path to defeat in Delhi without a face that can match up to Arvind Kejriwal.
The date when Delhi goes to polls is out and its shaping up to be a clean sweep for Aam Aadmi Party in the Assembly elections scheduled for February. CM Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has been on a roller-coaster campaign built on positivity and connecting people on the ground.
Heads Up! Faceless BJP shows early signs of defeat in Delhi
- Leaderless BJP lacks a plan for Delhi elections
- 7 potential CM candidates but none can match Arvind Kejriwal
- Why Modi wave will not work in Delhi
- Growing infighting and factionalism in BJP
- AAP on course for a 2015 recap in 2020
AAP’s campaign initiative Townhall is already a hit and has arguably amplified Arvind Kejriwal’s stature in the eyes of the Delhi voters. Furthermore, AAP has contracted election strategist Prashant Kishore and his I-PAC to ensure that no stone is left unturned.
With a month left before Delhi goes to polls, the saffron party is yet to announce their chief ministerial face.
On the other hand, BJP’s fate looks crumbling in the national capital. With only a month left before Delhi goes to polls, the saffron party is yet to announce their face for the elections.
This election will be fought on the work done in the last five years.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
None of its Delhi leaders even stand a chance against Arvind Kejriwal. If BJP relies on the NaMo wave, there might not be a bigger folly. As per initial voter surveys, AAP and Kejriwal are firmly placed to retain power in 2020.
Leaderless BJP Lacks A Plan
Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal have already built up substantial momentum for their campaign. But the BJP doesn’t even have a definite face. BJP fought all previous elections with a potential candidate’s face but this time Kejriwal’s work and growing stature has put BJP in a big dilemma. There are up to 7 names doing rounds as BJP’s candidates but none seem to inspire any confidence.
Furthermore, historically BJP’s face politics always adversely affects the party when it comes to Delhi. BJP last won the Delhi assembly elections way back in 1998. In the current scenario, the national party’s fortunes at state-level has been diminishing. It recently witnessed multiple debacles in state elections. Defeat in Maharashtra and Jharkhand now makes Delhi assembly elections crucial for BJP.
The Potential 7 Saffron CM Candidates
Arvind Kejriwal’s recent swipe at the BJP is pretty much true. BJP has up to 7 potential candidates in the race for the February 2020 Delhi elections. This tells about a strange and strong lack of leadership in the BJP at the state level. Relying on the Modi wave to win Delhi elections would be hara-kiri for BJP. And they look firmly on course now.
In a recent interview, Senior BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal when asked if Delhi may become a Modi-led campaign, said, “There is no question of playing it safe. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will definitely be a part of all the BJP rallies.”
In fact, a poster was found hanging somewhere in the city where 7 BJP leaders who are CM hopefuls for Delhi were wished luck in the new year. These are Delhi State president Manoj Tiwari, East Delhi Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Delhi MLA and Member of BJP’s National Executive Committee Vijender Gupta, and West Delhi Lok Sabha MP Parvesh Verma.
BJP’s 7 versus AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal
While AAP is already on course and dominating the election campaigning, BJP has no consensus who will be its face. Delhi is set for a Kejriwal wave in 2020. But BJP has yet to reveal what its manifesto would be for Delhi if they come to power. Moreover, none of the seven BJP leaders even compare to the charisma and following of Arvind Kejriwal.
Historically, the party has always fought the Delhi elections with a renowned face. In 2003, it was Madan Lal Khurana, in 2008, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Dr Harsh Vardhan in 2013 during Kejriwal’s debut and IPS Kiran Bedi in 2015 when it failed miserably. Interesting, Bedi was announced just 20 days before the elections and was more of a face-saver. That plan failed miserably for BJP and 2020 looks like a repeat at the moment.
Infighting and factionalism?
As per sources in media reports, BJP is facing major factionalism ahead of the crucial Assembly election in Delhi. Several MPs are reportedly not comfortable working under the leadership of Manoj Tiwari. Several skip events organized by Tiwari-led state unit and take their own course on various crucial issues.
Despite instruction from the centre to BJP’s Delhi senior leaders to work more cohesively, attempts have failed several times. One such example is Vijay Goel and Manoj Tiwari-led campaign against the Odd-Even scheme which was a cumulative cause to tackle Delhi’s air pollution.
Next, the BJP leaders also tried to defame AAP’s exploits as the water needs of the capital’s residents with a fake water quality report. In fact, instead of raising new issues, much of BJP’s tenure as opposition in Delhi has focused on maligning AAP’s reforms and initiatives. This has inadvertently further fortified the image of Arvind Kejriwal and AAP as the deserving party in the minds of Delhi voters come February.
Ploy-less and leader-less BJP may have HM Shah and PM Modi out campaigning against AAP, but the plot looks already lost for BJP as it stares at a dismal defeat in Delhi.