Congress’ good show in three seats saved BJP its blushes

  • Faizan Haidar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 13, 2015 00:36 IST

It could have been a 70-0 for AAP in the Delhi assembly, had it not been for the Congress, which drew a blank.

Even though Bharatiya Janata Party analysts are blaming the shift of the entire Congress votebank to the AAP for the unprecedented drubbing, it was the Congress in fact that saved the party from scoring a duck.

At least two assembly segments, of the three that the BJP won, saw a comparatively better performance by the Congress candidates.

Across Delhi, traditional voters of Congress shifted loyalty to AAP in these elections while the BJP’s managed to lose only 1% of its vote share.

A closer look into the BJP win at three seats revealed that it was the Congress that played a crucial role in ensuring victory for the BJP candidate.

In the Muslim-dominated Mustafabad, Congress candidate Hasan Ahmed got over 50,000 votes. This caused a massive division in the Muslim votes and ruined the chances of the AAP candidate.

The vote division becomes apparent from the fact that despite being a Muslim-dominated seat, the BJP candidate Jagdish Pradhan won from Mustafabad.

There were three more Muslim candidates in Mustafabad, which further divided the votes of the minority community. “BJP candidate Jagdish Pradhan got 58,388 votes and Congress candidate Hasan Ahmed got 52,357 votes. AAP’s Mohammad Yunus managed 49,791 votes, which is not a bad performance. It was a triangular contest and because Congress candidate performed well, BJP won,” said a BJP leader.

Similarly, in Vishwas Nagar the Congress candidate got over 20,000 votes and AAP candidate Atul Gupta lost by about 10,000 votes.

A detailed analysis revealed that the BJP strongholds such as Janakpuri, Krishna Nagar, Rajender Nagar and Dwarka were lost because the Congress got less than 10,000 votes in all of these assembly segments.

“We have analysed results and it is clear that wherever Congress performed poorly, we also lost. The Congress’ vote share has shifted to AAP and the BJP won two seats because Congress managed decent a vote share,” the leader added.

But, Vijender Gupta is the only BJP candidate, who proves this theory wrong as he won despite the Congress candidate getting less than 10,000 votes in Rohini.“It is only in Rohini where there was a direct contest between the BJP and AAP. Congress candidate got only 3,399 votes and Gupta won by over 5,000 votes. It was a close fight and the Congress’ performance did not have any impact,” the leader said.

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