Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had a historic win in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020. Well, while some say that Delhi has rejected BJP and some argue that Delhi has embraced the politics of communal harmony.
Anyway, one cannot deny the fact that an important reason for Kejriwal’s win is the counter-polarisation of Muslims towards the party. Congress voters shifted to AAP, as is evident from the very poor showing of the party in Delhi, with less than 5 per cent of the popular vote.
Also Kejriwal played it smart by not involving in the Hindu Muslim issues directly although he involved in it well behind the scenes. Not to forget, Kejriwal learnt his lesson after his defeat in the 2017 Delhi municipal elections. He spent the first three years of his tenure picking on Modi but after his party’s defeat in 2017, he changed his tune. He withdrew himself from abusing Modi and avoided being dragged into Hindu Muslim politics.
He also avoided being interfered in CAA or Shaheen Bagh but only bragged and talked about development. But there are lessons for Kejriwal too. The results show that AAP has won in the core areas of urban Delhi, and lost votes in the semi-rural seats.
AAP won in most of the Muslim dominated areas in Delhi. Well, Shaheen Bagh comes under Okhla constituency where controversial Aam Aadmi Party member Amanatullah Khan has registered a victory.
Amanatullah Khan, the most prominent Muslim leader from the Aam Aadmi Party, has won a resounding victory from his own seat at Okhla. He has won the constituency where Shaheen Bagh and Jamia are located.
Amanatullah Khan had already secured more votes than he did the last time around. This shows that the Muslim vote has consolidated massively in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party.
While Arvind Kejriwal and Sanjay Singh were busy pretending that their hands were all clean, it was Amanatullah Khan who was busy on the streets demonstrating his party’s loyalty towards the most radical sections of the Muslim community.
Well, Slogans are also being raised that “Yeh Shaheen Bagh ki jeet hai and if it is so then Hindus will have to realize the implications of it. If this is Shaheen Bagh’s victory, then it is also the victory of the mastermind of these protests, Sharjeel Imam. Now, this person is a Radical Muslim who qoutes Muhammad Ali Jinnah and wants to cut off North East India from the rest of the country.
Intrestingly, Shaheen Bagh protest site also seen empty as AAP is all set to return in Delhi.
Well, with all this it is clear that Kejriwal’s massive victory will only encourage the toxic elements within the Muslim community and will also provide an incentive for engaging in more polarizing rhetoric so that there will be no split in the Muslim vote.