Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders said Sunday said that if the central government were to allow fresh elections in the national capital, they would return to the assembly with a majority.
Leaders of AAP said that with “momentum” on its side, the BJP must “show courage” to now allow Delhi to go to fresh polls and elect a popular government. Delhi has been without a government since Arvind Kejriwal stepped down as Chief Minister after disagreements with the Congress, that had propped up the government from the outside, on the Lokpal Bill.
A little after it became known that the BJP would be the single largest party in both states, AAP’s face for Haryana and party ideologue Yogendra Yadav said, “Will the verdict now give the BJP the courage to go for elections in Delhi? Sincerely hope so.”
Other leaders said that were the BJP to fight elections in Delhi, leadership would be a primary factor that gives AAP the edge. “Jagdish Mukhi so far seems the Chief Ministerial candidate for the BJP. In any contest for the state leadership, the people will pick Arvind Kejriwal for what he stands for. He is an immensely popular figure, and no other public face from any other party can compete with that,” said Manish Sisodia, former Delhi Cabinet Minister.
Sisodia read Sunday’s results more as a rejection of the Congress than an endorsement of the BJP. “The people of India seemed to have rejected the Congress entirely, and the votes show this. Unfortunately, in both Haryana and Maharashtra, we were not in a position to fight the Assembly elections, and therefore people had no alternative,” Sisodia said.
Party leaders said that it was telling that despite “the Modi wave”, the BJP had not called for fresh elections thus far. “When they were the single largest party in December, they refused to form the government saying that they had fallen short of three seats. That position has remained the same, even worsened, because three legislators have become MPs. Since May, they have said that there is a huge Modi wave. What has prevented them from contesting elections? The people of Delhi have no representative government, and no new policies are being formed. We urge them to test themselves against the AAP, and fight elections,” a party spokesperson said.