Published On: Tue, Feb 10th, 2015

Delhi Decides: 5 saal Kejriwal

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Delhi Elections: #delhidecides 5 saal kejriwal

New Delhi: The much awaited results were announced on 10th Feburary and as predicted by the majority of the opinion polls and surveys, the Aam Aadmi Party emerged victorious. That the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP will win the elections was a given, but the way in which the “common man’s party” won was heartening. The people of Delhi gave an overwhelming support to AAP unlike last year where it had to join hands with Congress to form a government that lasted for 49 days.

Paradise lost for BJP?

In the 2015 assembly elections of New Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party did what the BJP did in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections- rout the other parties in the fray. The Bharatiya Janta Party which hadn’t put a step wrong since coming to power in the center got its first rude shock as the party was unable to cross even the double digit figures in the Delhi elections of 2015.

Water and Electricity fuel AAP’s fire in Delhi Elections 2015

Water and Electricity were the two key issues upon which the Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party fought the assembly elections. AAP said that electricity distribution companies supply power to Delhi at rates carrying from Rs 1.2 per unit to Rs 12.21 per unit. According to AAP, since Delhi has limited power generation capacity of its own, the prices per unit that the citizens have to pay are high because the city has to rely on external sources for power.

AAP’s solution is that Delhi sets up its own power plant either own its own or in collaboration with other players at the most economical rates and locations. Similarly, AAP’s ‘Jal Swaraj’ resonated well with the masses in Delhi. For a city of 1.8 crore people where nearly 50 lakh don’t get piped water supply, water is an issue that AAP will have to tackle firsthand. AAP says that it will provide 700 litre of free water to every household that has piped connection.

Although AAP says that this will encourage people to put up water meters and conserve water, experts have their doubts. Providing water to perched Delhi is going to be difficult as the city gets its water supply from external sources and that waters of the city’s lifeline –Yamuna are far from drinkable.

PM Modi congratulates Kejriwal on twitter

“Spoke to @ArvindKejriwal & congratulated him on the win. Assured him Centre’s complete support in the development of Delhi.” Was the tweet sent out by India’s Prime Minister. Kiran bedi, BJP’s CM candidate for the elections tweeted “Full marks to Arvind. Congratulations. Now take Delhi to the heights it belongs to. Make it a world class city..”.

Word of Advice from Anna Hazare

 Anna Hazare, who mentored Arvind Kejriwal during his Jan Lokpal Bill agitation against the then in power UPA government hoped that Kejriwal did’nt repeat the same mistakes he did last year. Anna Hazare tells Kejriwal not to forget ‘andolan’. “I extend my best wishes to Kejriwalji,” Hazare said; he also criticised the Narendra Modi government for enacting a legislation that makes it easy for authorities to take over land from the farmers.

Congress….Once Upon a time…

Its hard to believe Congress which had ruled in Delhi for 15 straight years is failing to even open its account in the 2015 assembly elections. Congress general secretary and party’s in-charge of Delhi Assembly Elections 2015, Ajay Maken has decided to quit from his party position after it was clear that Congress was struggling to open his account in 70-seat assembly.

Life Comes a Full circle for Aam Aadmi Party

Call it sheer coincidence or destiny as Arvind Kejriwal is to take oath as the next chief minister of Delhi on Feb 14 at Ramlila Maidan. It is the same date on which AAP government had resigned last year.

The closely fought election saw a record turnout of 67.10% and 8.9 million of the city’s 13.3 million-strong electorate cast their votes. Counting of votes began at 8am and the Election Commission said all results were expected to be in by 12.30pm. As per the reports around noon, the AAP was leading in 64 seats of the 70-member House, surpassing its own wildest expectations and beyond even the most optimistic exit polls, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slumped to a distant second place with leads in just five seats.

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