Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory in the MCD polls shows that negative politics of Arvind Kejriwal has failed to deliver and has dented even the good work in areas like education and health. Politics is a matter of perception and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is winning this battle in a big way.
Delhi municipal corporation election 2017 results will be seen as the revenge of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its huge loss in the Delhi assembly polls in 2015, that had derailed the party’s big win in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
After the resounding victory of BJP in the recent Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, BJP’s win in MCD signals the dominance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political clout in terms of public perception.
The biggest takeaway from the Delhi civic polls is that even though AAP has done some good work in areas like improving education and health facilities, people are probably fed up of negative politics, and that is what is strengthening PM Modi.
Another lesson from this election is that the big promises of dole outs in power and water bills or property tax, is not what the people are looking for — it is the certainty of administration and improvement in facilities that matter more.
Though BJP is ruling MCD for the last 10 years and their financial health needs substantial improvement, people have still voted for the party and not AAP or Congress. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is in a tight spot after this defeat and he will have to rethink his strategy.
There are 272 seats in three corporations of MCD — in 2012, the BJP won 138 seats out of the total 272, and Congress 77 — in 2017, BJP is set to win 175-190 seats.
It is now an established fact that in any election, be it at the local, state or national level, the contest will be between PM Modi and the rest, and BJP could never have imagined this kind of advantage for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
This is where MCD election results will prove to be a catalyst now in forcing the opposition parties to come together and face BJP collectively. This has already gained ground after the UP assembly election results with SP and BSP showing eagerness to join hands against the BJP’s dominance.
On his part, PM Modi has a big opportunity to push for economic reforms in taxation and labour laws, while the opposition grapples with the strategy to put up a joint front against BJP in parliament and in the future polls across the country.
After the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is slated for implementation from July 1, the government has to bring in changes in the income tax structure to reduce burden on the existing taxpayers and do away with the exemptions, which will require a strong political resolve.
Any major improvement in the ease of doing business scenario requires relaxation in the labour laws for making entry and exit norms easier and there can’t be a better time for doing this with BJP gaining its foothold throughout the country.