New Delhi, Feb. 6: When the curtain came down on campaigning for the February 7 Delhi Assembly election, which has become a virtual tug of war between the Bharatiya Janata party and Aam Aadmi Party, most survey’s were tilting the balance in favour of AAP chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal.
A senior TV journalist covering Delhi elections has posted on facebook: ‘From what I saw on the streets of Delhi today (Thursday) it is an AAP tsunami.”
On Thursday- last day of campaigning, both the BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal were at their hectic best. While the pre-election survey’s showed the odds weighing against Ms. Bedi, those in the BJP are optimistic. This despite the searing undercurrent of anger among the party cadres over the manner in which Ms. Bedi was inducted and airdropped as a chief ministerial candidate at the last moment.
The discontent within the BJP notwithstanding, senior party leader and Union Minister Arun Jaitley told a TV news channel on Thursday that nobody was better than Kiran Bedi to lead the BJP in Delhi Assembly elections. The main agenda in the campaign for Delhi is governance versus anarchy, he added.
In the ultimate round of electioneering, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal took part in road-shows on his campaign vehicle and also went on foot in his New Delhi Assembly constituency with a large number of followers.
During the campaigning, Ms. Bedi was constantly grilled by the media for rejecting a public debate with Mr. Kejriwal. She also faced stiff cricticism for making a U-turn and joining the BJP and also for not taking a stand on issues like corruption, women’s safety, electricity tariff and transparency when it came to political parties accepting donations.