The 2015 Delhi Assembly elections scheduled for 7 February seems to be more of a standoff between titans Arvind Kejriwal contesting as chief ministerial candidate from AAP and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi contesting from BJP. The anti corruption crusader who managed to tame even the Delhi police is running high on the popularity charts and whose name was synonymous with Delhi elections until Kiran Bedi entered the race and has since shared the limelight with him.
Kiran Bedi is contesting from the Krishna Nagar constituency against candidates S.K Bagga from AAP and Bansi Lal from Congress. Our ‘runaway CM’ however will be contesting from the New Delhi constituency where he defeated three time Congress Chief minister Sheila Dikshit in the 2013 elections. He will be contesting against Kiran Walia from Congress and ‘cub politician’ Nupur Sharma from BJP.
Nupur Sharma, a former DUSU president and an Oxford alumni, created a stir when her name was announced among the list for 72 candidates by the BJP for the Assembly Elections. She has been actively working with the BJP since 2008 and has 10 years of political experience and therefore we can expect the competition to be tough. Between the AAP and BJP, Congress seems to be standing on the side like a weak shadow. According to a recent pre-poll survey, the BJP will bag 37 seats with a clear majority while Kejriwal’s AAP will come second with 29 seats. Congress however, will have to be satisfied with only 4 seats, as per the survey.
The big fight now seems to be between the AAP and BJP which is evident from the digital war that was fought with major social networking sites like Twitter being flooded with #tags such as #Delhi4Kejriwal #Mufflerman by AAP supporters on one hand and #CrazyKejaria #DelhiwithModi by the BJP ones.
With all the major characters in place the only thing that can be predicted about the 2015 Delhi elections is that it will be unpredictable. With AAP giant Arvind Kejriwal on one hand and BJP’s masterstroke Kiran Bedi on the other and with the entry of faces like Nupur Sharma, this election seems pretty interesting from the start. Let us hope that this year we do not witness a catastrophe like the last Assembly elections and that we get a party with a clear majority for a stable government.
So do use your voting rights people!
Arindam Goswami for DU beat.
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