Make no mistake, there will not be any nail-biting photofinishes in Delhi. The opinion polls are unanimous about the incumbent Congress government's victory. The flyovers, the ongoing Metro rail project and the improved power, water and transport situation in the city are among the reasons why a majority of voters are placing their faith in Sheila Dikshit and her team. Thus armoured, the Congress is taking it easy and sticking to a narrowly focused election strategy. Says Dikshit: "Our focus is on the government's performance in the last five years. We stand for progress, stability and development." However, disaffection over the distribution of tickets may lose the party some votes.
Bereft of concrete issues, the BJP has little choice but to resort to mudslinging. It appears to have decided to fight the elections on a Vajpayee vs Sonia plank. Flagging off the BJP's local campaign with loaded words in Chandni Chowk earlier this week, party president M. Venkaiah Naidu referred to the polls as the "semi-final" before the 2004 general elections.
The way the poll...