Delhi goes to polls on Saturday and it remains to be seen whether the ruling AAP is able to perform a hat-trick or if the BJP ends its power drought of 22 years in the capital or if the Congress, which had three successive governments till 2013, merely figures as an “also ran”.
While the AAP is contesting all the 70 seats now, the BJP has fielded candidates in 67 and the Congress in 66. Both the national parties have left the remaining seats to their allies. By all accounts, the AAP was seen to be in the pole position for the current elections till the BJP, which lost power in Delhi in 1998 and has not been able to win after that, seemingly made the current elections a referendum on the decisions of the government at the Centre. Virtually relegating local issues to the back-burner, the BJP has sought to make the election a prestigious battle on the enactment of the CAA to give citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.