The nationalist agenda of Indian’s ruling party and government contributes to its third poll disaster since May although its national spokesperson said they fought in Delhi with all force and did its best. The state’s voters cast in favor of development roadmaps instead. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi bagged only eight seats in 70-member Delhi assembly to finish at distant second behind 62 seats by the liberal Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. What was further significant, the AAP managed to get a lion’s share of 53.57 percent votes, securing Delhi power for the third consecutive time. The Congress party which once ruled Delhi for 15 years got little over 4 percent votes. The BJP failed to perform even though analysts said Congress’ vote share shifted to the BJP. The Delhi elections had turned politically significant since this was the first major election being held after the contentious new citizenship law, and in a sense, was being widely described as a “referendum” of sort. The BJP leadership engaged all top leaders in the poll campaign. Modi and his colleague Amit Shah, federal home minister and former BJP chief, themselves led… Read full this story
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