Bawana bypoll in Delhi: With just one week left for the Bawana bypolls, an incident that happened hundreds of miles away has given a ray of hope to Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to stop the saffron surge in all recent elections. The leaders from both these parties believe that the Gorakhpur children tragedy can play an important role in the Bawana bypolls as people would be reluctant to vote for the BJP. Even though both the places are far from each other, the leaders of Congress and AAP believe that purvanchali voters in the area are affected by what happens in Uttar Pradesh, according to a report by The Indian Express.
The report states that some senior Aam Aadmi Party leaders believe that a big reason behind their loss in the Delhi municipal polls was the mood after BJP’s win in Uttar Pradesh Assembly but this time things can be opposite. “The area has a lot of people who are from eastern UP, and this is something they feel strongly about,” Anil Sharma, a resident of Bawana and a BJP supporter told The Indian Express.
Shots have already been fired by both Congress as well as AAP who are trying their best to use the situation to their advantage. “The Congress is seeking votes on the basis of development work. But the other parties have only indulged in publicity stunts in the last three years,” said Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken while AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “There are still eight days for the polls. But yes, the incident has exposed the BJP.”
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too has tried to woo people by asking them to vote for the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in the August 23 bypoll. The AAP convener said that if Congress and BJP candidates win, they would hardly be able to work for the area. While addressing a rally in Bawan a few days ago, Kejriwal also claimed that no other government had worked for rural Delhi the way his government has.