‘Change’ was the flavour of the season in constituencies dominated by the Muslims.
As anticipated, the community — considered a loyal votebank of the Congress — threw its weight behind the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday. From housewives to senior citizens or young voters, people from all walks of life preferred Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit over Congress this time.
Mohammad Danish, who runs a printing business in Balliamaran in Walled City, said the reason behind alienation from the Congress is quite obvious; the party has been using the community merely as a votebank and did nothing for their betterment.
“We have been voting for the Congress as we did not have any other option. We simply do not want to vote for BJP. But in AAP, we have found a better option and the community strongly believes that it would work for our welfare. This party may turn out to be like other outfits but Muslims want to give Arvind Kejriwal a chance,” he said.
The sentiment echoed across several seats. Nasuhal of Abul Fazal Enclave in Okhla said, “Last time we voted for the Congress as we were not sure whether AAP would be able to stop the BJP from coming to power. But this year we knew the Congress is nowhere in the picture so most of the residents, I believe, have voted for the Aam Aadmi Party.”
In Seelampur also, AAP poses a tough challenge to Congress’ five-term MLA Mateen Ahmad. “During AAP rule, police had stopped taking bribe and the electricity bills had reduced manifold,” said Salimmuddin, a resident of area.