'We will provide South Delhi a sense of security'
NEW DELHI: "The Aam Aadmi Party will fight the South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency with a goal to provide a sense of security, right to pray and live to the people from various regions who are facing a lot of alleged oppression from the Bharatiya Janta Party."
These were the strong words conveyed by AAP's in-charge for South Delhi Raghav Chadha, who asserted that the biggest strength this election for AAP would be Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who will personally campaign in all constituencies of the Capital.
In the last general election in 2014, the AAP supremo had contested from the Varanasi constituency against eventual winner and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Talking to Millennium Post, Chadha said, "In this constituency, the situation is very different as here the BJP is making continuous attacks on the people from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and other states, claiming that they are outsiders."
The 30-year-old leader had recently launched his campaign Uttar Bhartiya Swabhiman Yatra, in protest of the recent attacks on north Indians in Gujarat.
"When I go to people and ask about the works done by the current MP, they admit how he has failed them. The people understand how CM Kejriwal is working for the development of Delhi," Chadha said.
At the start of the campaign, Chadha had felt that this time, the equation on the ground would be different from what it was in 2014.
Back then, Congress had a stronghold at various places in the Capital, and the people did not have much time to experience the governance of the Arvind Kejriwal government, which had dissolved after 49 days, only to be swept away by the Modi wave.
"These years, the Delhi Congress is finished and has lost all ground. The work of AAP in education, health, water and electricity has done miracles and people have realised that," said Chadha.
The party, he said, has also found that Kejriwal's image in Delhi will help them to fight the election and this time the CM has decided to campaign.
"We will win because of people will vote for Arvind Kejriwal. In Delhi, for the people, his face and his campaign are very important," said Chadha.
South Delhi Lok Sabha seat was a BJP bastion for many years. But in 2009, after delimitation, Congress won this seat.
In 2014, BJP again retained this seat through Ramesh Bidhuri. However, speculation is rife that he would not get a ticket this year.
In 2014 Bidhuri got 45.17 per cent votes, while AAP won 35.46 per cent and Congress 11.36 per cent.
AAP showed a strong base in the last election in the constituency and the total of the Opposition vote shows it has majority. South Delhi constituency also has a very mixed demography, as it has places like Badarpur, located in the outskirts of Delhi, and Hauz Khas, which is a rather high society residential place.