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AAP sweeps Delhi Assembly elections: Here's what it means according to experts

Updated : February 11, 2020 08:54 PM IST

A historic hat-trick for Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party which has swept the Delhi Assembly elections once again. The BJP is still in single-digits and the Congress party could not even open its account once again.

After securing a third term as the chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal termed it a "victory for India" and one that gives rise to "a new kind of politics".  Unlike 2015, this is a victory for Kejriwal the politician and incumbent chief minister, not Kejriwal the activist.

His deputy Manish Sisodia was trailing in the early rounds of counting, but a late surge helped him win his seat by a margin of 3,000 votes. In fact, most of the big names in the Aam Aadmi Party like Raghav Chadha, Atishi Marlena, Gopal Rai and Sourabh Bharadwaj managed to win their seats.

For the BJP, which turned this election into a referendum of sorts on the Citizenship Amendment Bill and Shaheen Bagh protests, the results were a rude shock. The party remains in single-digits after a vitriolic campaign that saw Union minister Prakash Javadekar calling Kejriwal a "terrorist".

The only solace for the BJP was the gain in vote share to over 38 percent. But the Aam Aadmi Party has largely managed to hold its vote share from 2015. The BJP's gains are largely due to the rout of the Congress Party which saw its vote share fall below 5 percent.

The Congress headquarters sported a deserted look with the party losing its deposit in more than 60 seats in what can only be described as a humiliation.

To discuss the election verdict, CNBC-TV18 spoke to BJP spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal, AAP spokesperson Athar Zaidi and senior journalist Rasheed Kidwai.

Agarwal said, "Our vote share has increased, our seats have also increased but it has not come up to the mark that we expected."

Kidwai questioned the relevance of raking up anti-CAA or pro-CAA discourse in Delhi elections. "How would a voter benefit? The entire thing that the BJP has been talking about had little relevance. It is baffling as to why BJP, which has ears to the ground, could not think of either a chief ministerial face or talking points," he observed.
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