1. Delhi verdict will be ‘turning point’ in Indian politics: AAP

Delhi verdict will be ‘turning point’ in Indian politics: AAP

As campaign for the one of fiercest electoral battles in the city came to an end, Aam Aadmi Party...

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 6, 2015 7:50 AM

As campaign for the one of fiercest electoral battles in the city came to an end, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) exuded confidence of getting a “clear majority” and said the verdict of the election could very well turn out to be a “turning point” in Indian politics.

AAP said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was nervous about losing the election and that it will be a sort of test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity as he has led the party’s campaign.

“February 10 (verdict day) is going to have a far-reaching impact. It will be a turning point in Indian politics,” senior party leader Ashutosh said in a measured tone.

The party, however, refused to answer when asked whether the verdict is also going to decide the party’s future, if it is defeated.

“This is not the right moment to deliberate upon a question like this. Let us wait for five more days,” said Ashish Khetan.

According to political analysts, an AAP victory in Delhi as projected by pre-poll surveys will not only halt BJP’s juggernaut but also bolster the opposition to take on the Modi government.

“BJP is rattled sensing an imminent defeat,” Kejriwal said.

AAP Spokesperson Raghav Chadha said the election verdict will be a kind of test of Modi’s popularity. He added that comments made by BJP President Amit Shah that the verdict will not be a referendum on Modi government reflected that BJP has conceded defeat.

After months of ceaseless promises, rhetoric, allegations and counter-allegations, in what was easily one of the most bitterly-fought electoral battles that Delhi has witnessed, the party stands confident of making history after facing a ignominious debacle in the Lok Sabha elections.

“The Lok Sabha defeat made us realise that a largely offensive campaigning was not working. We had to be more constructive. We had to offer something positive to the public,” a senior party leader said.

The party’s Delhi Dialogue initiative, a series of interactions with voters across the city, laid the groundwork to draw up a 70-point blueprint for a five-year government in the Delhi and also the party’s manifesto.

“Our manifesto was not a product of wishful thinking. It has been drafted by the participation of professionals, students, youth, women, villagers, industrialists.

“Our promises of free wi-fi, education loans, CCTV cameras, streetlights, regulation of private tankers, water as a right, power reforms, incubation centres development centres are all an outcome of that,” Khetan said.

AAP has always been a volunteer-driven party and this time was no exception as thousands of youth poured in from all over the country to create a “buzz” for the party.

AAP Buzz drive saw volunteers distributing the party’s signature caps, pamphlets and posters among the public in crowded market areas and around the busier metro stations.

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