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Delhi elections: The ant moves ahead while the elephant struggles

Pragati Ratti PragatiRatti

Updated: February 5, 2015, 6:15 PM IST
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Much like December 2013, Delhi elections have again become interesting, but I'll say much more this time. With new twists, new allegations, new members, the battle is only getting spicier. But in all this masala, the Congress, which ruled Delhi for 15 long years, is nowhere to be found.

To put it straight, the surveys, the "tu tu main mains" are all about the Bharatiya Janata Party and the new rival - Aam Aadmi Party, while the Congress is more like those coming under the 'others' tag. Congress is third by a huge margin in all pre-poll surveys with all pollsters keeping it in single digits.

While the old members of the now non-existent Team Anna are grabbing all the eyeballs, the Congress is left with absolutely no face. Corruption allegations, the scams, ignoring ex-CM Sheila Dikshit's pleas and the downfall of Rahul Gandhi have all hit Sonia Gandhi's party hard.

On the other hand, the lesser experienced names are on top of charts in this Delhi election. Yes, this battle is being fought between friends-turned-foes Arvind Kejriwal of the AAP and Kiran Bedi of the BJP. The protests led by anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, which always used to boast of not turning political, have given birth to politicians who are now battling it out among themselves.

How?

Arvind Kejriwal became Delhi's CM in 2013. It was indeed a sight to watch a newcomer take the oath. But even before he could stand up to his promises and his performance could be evaluated, he quit. Within 49 days of his governance, he resigned as the CM and became a laughing stalk with every political rival calling him a 'bhagoda'. But Mr Kejriwal didn't change his track even as he lost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi.

In fact, he made sure he brings all of what he did even in those 49 days to the notice of the Delhiites. In the past one year, even as his teammates fell out with Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Binny joining the BJP, Kejriwal remained the top choice as the CM.

He has asked Delhi for another chance and has promised that he won't quit this time. And Delhi, as the pre-poll surveys suggest, seems ready to give him that chance.

But giving him a close fight is BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi. The rough and tough former IPS officer has indeed been a masterstroke by BJP's plan man Amit Shah. Here are two people who have both been part of the anti-corruption movement and who have little experience in the political arena.

With these two Team Anna members in the fray, the battle of Delhi has indeed become more interesting and exciting.

For the Congress, looking too insignificant in all this, well if only they had Anna Hazare! That's exactly what they must be dreaming. But it's too late as Delhi votes in a couple of days. Reminds me of the ant and elephant stories and how the ant takes it away.
First Published: February 5, 2015, 6:15 PM IST

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