06 December, 2020

Spring Cleaned

The BJP has few takers, even within, in the Delhi municipal polls

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Spring Cleaned
The BJP's rout (and the Congress' landslide victory) in this week's Delhi local body polls hasn't surprised anyone, least of all the Sangh parivar. The cracks in the saffron fraternity, which surfaced for the first time in the wake of the UP assembly polls, became glaringly obvious in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections. For the BJP, it was an abject lesson in what happens to its electoral fortunes when the Sangh worker turns his back on the party.

Losing any election in stronghold Delhi is a tremendous loss of face for the BJP—it boasts seven Lok Sabha MPs from the state. In a way, admitted a BJP MP from Delhi, it was an indictment of the Centre: the "anti-incumbency" feeling against Shiela Dixit's Congress government was swallowed up by that against the Union government.

The BJP's backbone in Delhi, the middle-class urban voter, ditched the party. Barely having recovered from the shock of the uti debacle, they were hit by the Budget, which reduced tax exemption for savings and lowered ppf interest rates. For the 14 lakh central and state government...


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