New Delhi: Results for the by-elections held in eight states including New Delhi’s prestigious Rajouri Garden assembly constituency were declared on Thursday and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued its winning form as it won four out of the 10 Assembly seats. However, the same cannot be said in the case of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which lost a key seat to BJP in its playground.
While winning the Delhi’s Rajouri Garden seat was crucial for the BJP, the ruling party in Delhi AAP, led by Arvind Kejriwal, suffered a huge blow.
Senior figures from the party including Deputy Chief Minister said that the party lost as people were upset that their MLA left them. “They were upset and we couldn’t convince them,” he said, admitting defeat. However, going by past instances it seems that there are many other factors led to the downfall of Aap in the national capital and here are a few reasons:
- In the buildup to the bypolls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. A slew of allegations, blames and investigations against the activist-turned-politician and his party members played a big part in the crushing defeat AAP has suffered.
- One of the first controversies that have embroiled the AAP party is the involvement of one of its senior ministers Satyendar Jain in for money laundering charges. The CBI has already initiated the probe against the Delhi health minister for allegedly turning his black money into white in 2010-12 and then again in 2015-16, using his shell companies.
- There was another report revealing the presence of a ‘secret spy unit’ formed and run by the Delhi government under Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi government has come under the scanner of the CBI for the alleged espionage work conducted by a group called Feedback Unit, reports DNA.
- The Delhi chief minister has also come under the scanner for using public money to defend his case against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. After Jaitley had filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and other senior leaders from the party, Kejriwal wanted to use the tax payers’ money to fight the case. The move has been condemned by most political parties including the citizens of the national capital.
- The AAP party also came under the scanner for its allegedly flouting advertising guidelines as per a CAG report. The CAG report revealed that over 85 per cent of the expenditure was incurred on one specific publicity campaign pertaining to ads released outside the national capital. It was found out that a total of Rs 97 crore was spent by the Delhi government on advertisements. The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, has also asked for the recovery of Rs 97 crore from the party for advertisements projecting Arvind Kejriwal.
- Another reason for the back-to-back defeats suffered by AAP can be attributed to the lackluster campaigning activities of the party. Unlike the BJP, the AAP was busy in criticising other parties and Narendra Modi rather than giving the people some solid reasons to choose them.
- The on-gong EVM blame game initiated by Kejriwal has also been a reason why people might have refrained from casting a vote in AAP’s favour. Even after being proved wrong multiple times, the Delhi chief minister is investing time in blaming the technology rather than addressing key issues that could have a garnered positive attention.
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