Meet the man of moment, Arvind Kejriwal, who was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the third time on 16 February, after landslide victory in Delhi Assembly Election 2020. Kejriwal’s promises of freebies for Delhi before elections to garner votes can be a subject for debate, but, undoubtedly, he defeated country’s two largest parties: Congress and BJP.
What is unthinkable is that Congress Party contested 66 out of the 70 seats in which it lost its security deposit in 63 of the seats, while BJP could not cross single digit winning only 8 seats out of 70. The way top leaders of Congress are deriving great pleasure in AAP’s thumping win, gives impression as if Congress never wanted to win Delhi Assembly Election 2020. But, BJP not only wanted to win Delhi Election, but BJP aimed to come back to power after two decades, since it fought election with all its mights. Nevertheless, BJP ended up only improving its tally marginally to 8 seats from its 2015’s tally of 3 seats.
So what disturbed BJP’s victory juggernaut, which halted at Delhi? When Narendra Damodardas Modi blew clarion call crusading against ‘CORRUPTION’ and calling for ‘DEVELOPMENT,’ stalwarts of Congress and other political got washed away in tsunami of 2014 and 2019 Loksabha election. Such was Modi magic. Did Modi magic disappear? Can’t RSS and BJP combined win an election in a small state like Delhi?
Narendra Damodar Modi weaved the magic of 303 seats in 2019 Loksabha Election, not so long ago, but only 7 months back. Does it need to remind those who ask if Modi magic failed that Delhi gifted BJP wholeheartedly 7 Loksabha seats only half year back? Modi’s critics do admit, if Loksabha Election is held today BJP would cross 300 smoothly. However, question remains the same, what upset the apple cart of BJP in Delhi Assembly Election even if they pulled all the stops?
Why only Delhi? Even BJP performed poorly in Jharkhand Assembly Election recently. Last year they lost MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. One can justify BJP was in power for three consecutive terms in MP, therefore, anti incumbency factor worked against BJP and Rajasthan doesn’t repeat the government of same party. What about Chhattisgarh? However, in 2019 Loksabha Election, MP gifted Modi 28 Loksabha seats out of 29, Rajasthan gave Modi its heart in form of all 25 Loksabha seats. In Chhattisgarh, BJP had won 10 out of 11 Loksabha seats.
For common citizens, Modi Shah duo are unmatched and second to none. Abrogation of article 370, judgement of Ram temple, implementation of CAA are huge achievement by them within short span of time. But, State BJP Units are so weak that they hardly have anything to claim, and they end up wanting to cash in Modi magic. How BJP State Unite is so badly dependent on Modi Shah duo can be gauged from the fact that former Jharkhand Chief Minister lost his seat to an independent candidate Saryu Roy by a margin of over 15,000 votes in Dec 2019.
BJP must strengthen its state unit before it is too late, whether it is BJP MPs, MLAs, MLCs, Corporators, they must contact to connect with common citizen. If Modi can take care of his constituency, Banaras, why can’t rest of the MPs can work with MLAs to reach the citizen last at queue? Instead of targeting opposition, BJP state unit must offer their own work. Kejriwal won Delhi election without targeting Modi. He displayed his own achievement, and he succeeded to create optics. Are you reading the writing on the wall, dear BJP State Units? Also, common citizen supporters of BJP must send report card of their representatives, be it MLAs, MPs, or corporators. Only criticism of BJP State Unit would not work. It must me two way dialogue between people and their representatives.