As the election campaign in the national capital winds down on Thursday, all eyes will turn to February 10. Till last week pollsters were not sticking out their necks out and predicting a clear winner in the upcoming Delhi polls, suddenly there seems to be a subtle shift in stance. The groundswell of public support in the last few days must have delighted Aam Aadmi Party supporters. The surging crowds at Kejriwal’s road shows and public rallies seem have made the BJP top brass sit up and take notice. In contrast the Bhartiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial pick doesn’t seem to be garnering the kind of support the party was hoping for as the campaigning enters its home stretch.
Top notch BJP leaders seem to be almost reticent in drumming up popular support for the former IPS officer. The BJP will hope the Prime Minister’s rallies offset the momentum the AAP seems to have suddenly picked up as D-Day approaches. Despite all the political commentary on the matter, allied with opinion polls, the overwhelming feeling is that the contest between both parties will be a very tight one, with the Congress likely to play spoilsport.
In a day from now, the city-state of Delhi will go to polls after witnessing a very vicious campaign, which has largely been built on false promises, despicable allegations and equally contemptible counter-allegations. Although personal attacks have got shriller, campaign managers are working overtime to dig up dirt that could make for great TRPs but disastrous for the star campaigners. The Delhi voters like their counterparts elsewhere in the country are known to spring last minute surprises.
The larger story, however, is what happens after all the votes are counted. Will we get a stable government in the national capital? Will the victor deliver on the numerous promises it has made, especially for those living on the economic margins of the national capital? With an ever increasing flow of poor migrant workers into the national capital, it is time that the political class delivered on the promises made they made to the urban poor.