The spectacular victory of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in Delhi is a ‘conscious and informed choice’ of the people. The decisive verdict is also a signal for all political parties to introspect and reform in tune with the wishes of the electorate.
This was the broad view that emerged at an interactive session held here on Tuesday evening on the ‘Recent trends in Indian democracy with special reference to the Delhi election results’. The programme was organised by the Telangana Cultural Forum.
Former Minister K. Vijaya Rama Rao said the Delhi electorate had shown the way for choosing government. Of late people were rejecting parties and not giving positive verdict in favour of any party. The recent elections in Delhi changed it all with the people giving an absolute mandate to the AAP. “I hope choice of government will be the order of the day and not mere rejection of a party,” Mr. Rao said.
In its first tenure at office, the AAP gave up after 49 days rather than going in for opportunistic alliance. “How many persons have the courage to do that”, Mr. Rao asked and complimented AAP for managing its funds in a transparent way.
Former Speaker K. Suresh Reddy said there was a great lesson to be learnt for the BJP which swept the Parliament elections and came up a cropper in Delhi polls. Prime Minister Narender Modi spoke of empowering the Chief Ministers at the NITI meeting but during electioneering in Delhi attached a rider to it that people would get development only if they voted the BJP to power. This contradiction was not lost on the electorate.
He wanted the Congress and other parties to reflect on the Delhi results and reform accordingly.
Lok Satta leader Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, termed the Delhi election a ‘perfect storm’. The verdict should be welcomed by all. The BJP sweeping to power in 2014 and the AAP victory were continuation of the people’s urge for change. The Delhi election threw up two significant positives -- fight for decentralisation of power and improved political culture.
Dr. V. Kondal Rao, convenor, Telangana Cultural Forum, described Mr. Arvind Kejriwal as an unassuming man with a clean record.
BJP spokesman, Krishna Sagar Rao, attributed the AAP victory to better product, pricing, packaging, marketing and technology.