Three facts that show how AAP's broom swept away BJP and Congress

Aditya Menon
Aditya MenonFeb 10, 2015 | 16:24

Three facts that show how AAP's broom swept away BJP and Congress

1. 22 per cent swing in favour of AAP, 14 per cent against BJP

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, AAP won 32 per cent votes as against the BJP's 46.63 per cent. Less than a year later, AAP has increased its vote share by a whopping 22 per cent to get a wholesome 54 per cent of the votes cast in the Delhi assembly elections. The AAP's vote share almost doubled from the 2013 Assembly elections, in which it got 29.49 per cent of the votes. There is little doubt that the Modi wave has come to an end as the BJP's vote share has dipped from 46.63 per cent in the Lok Sabha elections, which it swept 7-0, to 32 per cent. In fact, it couldn't even manage to touch the 34 per cent vote share it gained under the leadership of Dr Harsh Vardhan in the 2013 elections. In terms of seats, BJP led in 60 Assembly segments within the 7 constituencies it won in the Lok Sabha polls. Now it is down to just three, a loss of 57.


2. AAP breaches Congress's Muslim-dominated citadels

Despite a good performance, AAP had failed to break the Congress's stronghold over Muslim dominated seats in 2013. This time, AAP has done spectacularly well in almost all these seats. In Seelampur, sitting Congress MLA Chaudhary Mateen Ahmed has been reduced to third position with AAP's Haji Ishaque leading with a comfortable margin. In Okhla, AAP's Amanatullah Khan seems to have won more than twice the number of votes as sitting Congress MLA Asif Mohammad Khan. Even five time Matia Mahal MLA Shoaib Iqbal, who recently joined the Congress, is heading towards defeat.

3. BJP wiped out of Outer Delhi

The BJP's 34 seats were largely driven by a complete sweep in Outer Delhi. This time the BJP is struggling to retain even one of these seats. Consider the complete turnaround in Kirari for instance. Last time, BJP's Anil Jha won the seat with a huge margin of nearly 48,526 votes, getting over 35 per cent votes more than his AAP rival. This time, AAP has bagged 62 per cent of the votes as opposed to the 32 per cent by the BJP. If this trend continues till the results of the seat are declared, it means that in the seat there has been a 20 per cent drop in the BJP's vote share and a huge 45 per cent swing in favour of the AAP. Even in Jat-dominated Najafgarh, BJP which won the seat in 2013, has been pushed to the third position with INLD taking a narrow lead and the AAP in second place, which is good news for the Janata Parivar.

Last updated: February 10, 2015 | 16:24
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