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Delhi assembly elections: What worked & what didn’t

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NEW DELHI: In another landslide victory, Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP won 62 of 70 seats, which translates into a strike rate of 90 per cent. For BJP, it is another setback which failed to reach even double digits. Congress fared worse, drawing a blank yet again. Here's what worked and what didn't:
What worked for AAP…
AAP had an incumbent CM and charismatic leader in Arvind Kejriwal, who connects with citizens across all segments. He remains the preferred choice in the citys jhuggis and unauthorised colonies despite BJP inroads. A leader who earlier evoked sharp reactions, he has tamped down on his combative instincts, reaching out to Congress and BJP voters as a “Dilli ka aam aadmi”.
Populism played a role, with zero electricity and water bills becoming a huge hook for voters, even those in middle-class colonies. The decision to make bus travel free for women was another such decision. The success of these measures makes it evident that the era of freebies is far from gone and will remain a significant lure for voters.
AAPs governance record has been patchy on issues like adding buses, dealing with pollution or funding the Metro, but it has scored on health and education. Its schools are seen to have improved with better teacher-student engagement. The mohalla clinics are an accessible option for the poor in need of medical assistance. Voters appreciated the effort even if the schemes are still works in progress.
… & What didnt for BJP & Cong
BJP has found Delhi a bridge too far, unable to regain its glory days. The partys organisational set-up remains a mess, its leaders are a fractious lot, and the emergence of a new crop is oRead More – Source