Zee Media Bureau/Sushmita Dutta
New Delhi: If opinion polls are any indicator, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to emerge as the third force in Delhi in the upcoming assembly elections. If not emerge as the winner – as claimed by party chief Arvind Kejriwal – the AAP will surely eat into the votes of the big two – Congress and BJP.
And the worst hit, as per polls, appears to be the BJP, with a survey even putting Kejriwal ahead of Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel as the preferred CM candidate. Incumbent Shiela Dikshit, even after 15 years as CM, still remains the most preferred as the chief minister.
The AAP party has got three surveys done so far based on which they effused confidence of sweeping the polls. The first one was conducted in the month of February, followed by two more in August and September. Conducted by a private agency, Sisro Associates, with technical assistance from Yogendra Yadav, the survey – sample size of around 35,000 people - has projected that AAP will garner 32 percent vote share. The Congress and the BJP will end up with 24 and 23 percent votes respectively.
Why is Delhi important for AAP?
Notwithstanding Aam Aadmi Party’s public posturing that there is a wave in its favour, party activists are putting in a lot of hard work and toil to make AAP’s electoral foray a success.
Though it is still early days, AAP would surely be giving sleepless nights to Shiela Dikshit her challenger Vijay Goel.
The X factor - Narendra Modi
Although fearful of the AAP’s increasing reach, the BJP appears smug in its belief that their man of the moment Narendra Modi will help ride over the AAP hump in its march to win Delhi and subsequently the Lok Sabha elections next year.
If Delhi votes on Modi’s name, ‘NaMo’ magic is here to stay.