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Decoding the Delhi campaign – editorials

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The election campaign in Delhi ended Thursday. The survey will determine not only representatives of 70 segments of assemblies and which party forms the government in the city, but will also give an idea of ​​popular voting behavior in an urban center, the importance of local governance, perceptions around issues Ideologically contentious. such as the Citizenship Law (Amendment), or CAA.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which won 67 spectacular seats in the 2015 assembly polls, conducted a campaign centered around its record in office. In particular, he talked about improvements in public schools, public health systems and the supply of electricity and water at subsidized prices. Since his defeat at Lok Sabha, where he lost all seven seats by huge margins, the AAP leader and the Prime Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, decided to mitigate their attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and refrain from intervening in national affairs. He maintained this approach in large part, in order to win even those voters who may have supported the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2019. Instead, Kejriwal positioned himself as a leader as Hindu as anyone in the BJP, as nationalist as them, and had a history of delivery while the BJP had no face of local CM.

The BJP, for its part, merged three main issues: the promise of the same party, led by Narendra Modi, to be in government at the central, state and municipal levels; its provision of property documents to residents of unauthorized colonies; and, as the campaign progressed, an aggressive attack against protests against the CAA. The BJP campaign sought to turn the elections into a referendum on whether voters were in favor of Shaheen Bagh, which was projected as a Muslim protest backed by the AAP, or against it. In the process, BJP leaders also participated in an inflammatory rhetoric. Given these contrasting campaigns, the result will reveal whether voters decide to place their faith in a national leader (Mr. Modi) or a local leader (Mr. Kejriwal); if they prioritize governance or ideological issues; and if your loyalties are stable or fluid, depending on whether the election is national or local.

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