The Delhi Election 2020 has concluded with a whopping victory for Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) ended up at a distant second while Congress drew a blank in the national capital. As the long-drawn battle came to an end, let us look at  Top 10 Reasons why AAP won DELHI Elections 2020.

 

1. AAP and BJP's stance on CAA, NRC

One look at AAP’s and BJP’s approach towards the whole CAA and NRC debate, and it can be noticed that the parties took a completely polar opposite stance. Whenever the CAA and NRC question arose, AAP remained silent and took a moderate stance whenever they put out an opinion on those issues.

BJP, on the other hand, attacked the anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests with fervent pitch. Their leaders were aggressive while arguing for the controversial topics. The difference in approach might have impacted the voters in deciding which EVM button to push. 

2. AAP's focus on their own report card

Aam Aadmi Party chose the route of focusing on their own ‘report card’, i.e, the work done by them in the last five years. Arvind Kejriwal never ran away from showcasing the works done by his party, and he even said, “Vote for us if you believe we have worked”.

AAP decided to focus on highlighting the achievements of the government over the last five years through multiple townhalls. The party distanced itself from the politics of hatred which revolved around the anti-CAA stir at Shaheen Bagh and Jamia university.

3. The 'development' campaign of AAP

In their campaign for the Delhi Assembly Election 2020, AAP stressed on the ‘development’ done by them in the last five years. The AAP leaders highlighted the work done for the government schools, the healthcare sector by opening ‘Mohalla clinics’, which might have appealed the voters.

 

AAP’s landslide victory proves that the party won the hearts of Delhiites on the promise of development. Kejriwal didn’t allow the private schools to hike their fees, arbitrarily. Government schools were given more autonomy and their infrastructure improved. The administration of the Delhi government hospitals improved with patients getting medicines more regularly.

4. AAP had a CM face, BJP did not

BJP decided to fight the Delhi election without a Chief Ministerial face. AAP on the other hand, had already the popular image of Arvind Kejriwal as the one to become the Chief Minister again. It may have given the voters a sense of trust who had a face they could depend on.

5. The delivery of freebies

AAP has been criticized time and again by the Opposition parties for giving freebies to the Delhiites. From offering subsidies on electricity to giving free bus and metro rides to women, AAP has taken some steps which might have made the Delhi voters happy.

6. Favourites of Women Voters

Women voters have voted in bulk for AAP. According to the AXIS MY INDIA exit poll agency, if 53% male voters voted for AAP, then 59% female voters favoured AAP. This 6% vote gap is decisive. Installation of CCTV cameras in the last three months also helped female voters to choose AAP over BJP.

7. Late Preparation by BJP

AAP has been preparing for the assembly elections since being badly defeated in the MCD elections in 2017 whereas the BJP launched its campaign after the filing of nomination papers. If AAP was playing a test match, the BJP opted for a 20-20. AAP was much better prepared and covered more ground than the BJP tried to in the last few days.

Kejriwal’s decision to rope in political strategist Prashant Kishor (pictured, right) worked well. Kishor is credited with the success of PM Modi’s 2014 election and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s win in 2015. He helped Kejriwal with imagebuilding, besides formulating a strategy to deal with issues, common or contentious, affecting Delhiites.

8. Campaign Style of AAP

In this election, Kejriwal cleverly turned the campaign into a presidential-style gambit and the BJP committed the mistake of attacking him personally. The more he was attacked, the more he gained. AAP decided to focus on highlighting the achievements of the government over the last five years through multiple townhalls. The party distanced itself from the politics of hatred which revolved around the anti-CAA stir at Shaheen Bagh and Jamia university.

9. Over-Confidence of BJP

The BJP also suffered due to its over-confidence. After a massive victory in the 2019 general election and then the enactment of Triple Talaq, CAA, the abolition of Article 371 in Kashmir, and Supreme Court order in favour of Ram Mandir, the BJP believed that the consolidation of Hindu vote would lead them to an easy victory in Delhi. In contrast, AAP focused on selling what it had delivered.

10. FOCUS ON CORE LOCAL ISSUES

AAP’s landslide victory proves that the party won the hearts of Delhiites on the promise of development. Kejriwal didn’t allow the private schools to hike their fees, arbitrarily. Government schools were given more autonomy and their infrastructure improved. The administration of the Delhi government hospitals improved with patients getting medicines more regularly.

CONCLUSION

It is a fairy tale comeback for a party and leader who had been written off by everyone after the 49-day government in Delhi and the mauling in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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