Delhi Polls show a ray of hope amidst the dark phase of Indian democracy

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The people of Delhi have given a huge mandate to Aam Aadmi Party against the vicious and vitriolic agenda of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). For months, the atmosphere of Delhi was becoming tense as the Assembly Polls were inching nearer and the political scenario was rife with vigor and enthusiasm from all sides. The Aam Aadmi Party was founded in 2012 against the corruption in the Indian political system. Arvind Kejriwal was one of the key members behind the movement with Manish Sisodia as his close aide. They had a motivation to do something for the country and thus, they decided to enter politics.

Arvind Kejriwal studied at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) from where he got his Mechanical Engineering Degree. After that he passed the IRS Exam upon which he served the country as a bureaucrat. Having educational qualifications and scientific temperament, he almost single-handedly transformed the political scenario of capital of India, Delhi.

Indian politics is going through a dark phase since 2014 ever since Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power in the Lok Sabha elections and it has been spewing hatred and communal rhetoric to maintain power. Despite all its efforts, the diverse population of India is rejecting this hateful agenda and coming out to vote against it in huge numbers. A very good recent example is of Maharashtra where BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis had to resign from the position of CM after failing to prove majority. Similarly, Jharkhand also rejected the religious hyper-nationalism of BJP with a good margin.

In Delhi, the political scenario was already riled up with ongoing protests against the undemocratic and unconstitutional Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The people of Delhi in Shaheen Bagh, the students of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were already up in arms against these acts and on top of that, the whole campaign of BJP revolved around proving these protestors as anti-nationals.

Home Minister Amit Shah asked to press the button of the EVM so hard that the electric shock is felt till Shaheen Bagh which was very unparliamentary and unbecoming of the Home Minister of world’s largest democracy. Another BJP leader Prakash Javdekar attacked Arvind Kejriwal by calling him a terrorist which was again an unfounded allegation. Moreover, with statements of BJP leader Anurag Thakur and UP CM Yogi Adityanath of “goli maaro saalo ko” and “boli se nahin maanenge toh goli se toh maan hi jayenge”, it became clear that the so-called agenda of “Vikaas” was merely a façade to begin with.

The people of Delhi saw through this charade and outrightly rejected it. Apart from winning 62 seats in the Legislative Assembly, another huge victory of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is that it forced the BJP leaders to discuss actual governance issues like education and public safety. Home Minister Amit Shah was seen discussing how there is a shortage of teachers and why it is important to teach Science in the schools. This is because Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) genuinely worked so much for the education sector that the opposition had no choice but to argue in the same domain.

Another incident that showed BJP its place was when Home Minister Amit Shah alleged that the promise of installing CCTV cameras was false, Manish Sisodia called a press conference and showed everyone the footages of door to door campaign of Amit Shah recorded on the CCTV Cameras installed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Delhi Assembly Polls have emerged as a ray of hope in the otherwise darkening phase of Indian democracy.

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