The Delhi elections are on the 7th of Feb. As a resident of Delhi, I am not immune to the constant barrage of campaigning by the parties, both offline and online. Be it the “Selfie with Modi” or the “5 saal kejriwal” or the “Tooti vikas ki dor, chale congress ki aur”, campaigns, all of them make sure that unless you are living under a rock, you are aware that something important is happening in Delhi.
Although I am not registered to vote here, I got thinking as to who had a chance at winning. I started making my pros and cons for the parties. Politically I am aligned a little towards the left with a sprinkling of policies from the right. So here’s my list:
- Support of the Central Govt – A BJP govt in both centre and Delhi would result in a much better synergy between the governments regarding important policy matters as many functions of Delhi are still managed by the Central Government
- The Modi Factor – even when he is only the PM, I believe most of the important decisions regarding Delhi would factor him. Leave aside all his other perceived negative qualities, he is one of the shrewdest administrators. He would not let a state situated so close to the central power seat suffer because of mismanagement
- Experience – They have better experience at running State Governments
- The Religious and the ideological intolerance of the right wing
- The infighting among their major leaders which has weakened the internal unity
- Kiran Bedi – Selecting her as the CM candidate doesn’t appear as obvious as it did some time back. Her policies throughout her life never matched that of BJP, the core voter base of BJP doesn’t identify with her ideals, and she doesn’t appear to have the support of many insiders. On top of this, she appears to be a loose cannon who still hasn’t learnt how to give public interviews as a leader, bumbling many times and thus affecting her image
- Corruption – no idea about the sources of its vast campaign funds, while it points fingers at AAP for a Rs. 2 crore misrepresentation.
- Intent – Whatever may be there reasons or processes, I believe that most of AAP is formed of members who intend to do good and work for the society according to their beliefs
- Support among Lower class – For people below poverty line and among the lower middle class, AAPs core campaign ideas of free goodies and corruption free government is a resonating factor
- Kejriwal – you gotta give it to the impact of the man who is still leading in the opinion polls inspite of resigning after 49 days the last time around
- Methodologies – Even though the intent is right, their method of governance is never going to be sustainable. Freebies and subsidies are never the solution in the long run
- Methodologies – this has to be mentioned 2 times. Their one track mind regarding corruption being the only hindrance to India’s progress has narrowed their solutions towards progress
- Kejriwal – The guy’s both a boon and a bane. Seriously
I tried scanning through the manifestos and the vision documents of the parties. While AAP focussed more towards Swaraj with Mohalla Sabhas and collective governing, they were not at all clear on how they would sponsor the innumerable freebies they were giving. BJP’s vision document appeared to have been written by an MBA student who was tasked with writing a vision mission statement: mostly FAFF.
Instead of insulting each other on petty points, it would have been much better if the candidates of the major parties had gone for a debate on the major issues concerning Delhi. Even “Congress” was ready for it this time – HAHAHAHA…
These elections have been one of the most interesting ones. I hope somebody is recording every tactical move by all the parties as the level of mudslinging here has not been seen anywhere else lately. It can be used as a chapter for political science students.
As for me, I hope that they don’t announce too many DRY DAYS…