Cricketer Kirti Azad to Lead Congress Campaign in Delhi Election

Subhash Chopra, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and Kirti Azaad. Photo: Congress
Subhash Chopra, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and Kirti Azad. Photo: Congress

Kirti Azad will have to revive the traditional Congress party with the aim to defeat BJP and AAP in the Delhi election.

By Rakesh Raman

Congress party which is facing extinction has roped in a popular former cricketer Kirti Azad to lead the party’s campaign in the upcoming Delhi election.

Also, a veteran Congress leader Subhash Chopra has been appointed the president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) after the death of former Delhi chief minister (CM) Ms. Sheila Dikshit who was holding this position.

Kirti Azad had joined Congress in February 2019 after leaving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) where he had some serious differences with BJP leader and Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.

As the chairman of campaign committee, Azad will have to revive the traditional Congress party with the aim to defeat BJP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi election which is expected to take place in the beginning of 2020.

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Azad said he will work hard so that Congress performs well on all the 70 Assembly seats in Delhi to make the next government.

A few days ago, BJP president Amit Shah said that people of Delhi are disenchanted with AAP of Arvind Kejriwal and, therefore, BJP will win Delhi election.

In an interaction with a local TV channel, Shah said that since BJP had won the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections and all the seats at the recently concluded Lok Sabha election, his party’s performance will be very good in Delhi.

Currently, led by BJP state president Manoj Tiwari, the Delhi unit of BJP is campaigning aggressively to win the local electoral battle. BJP’s campaign highlights the failures of the ruling AAP led by chief minister Kejriwal.

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It urges voters that in the upcoming Delhi Assembly election, they should bring Modi’s party to power because Kejriwal government has completely ruined the city-state in the past 5 years of its rule.

Kejriwal’s AAP had won 67 of the 70 Assembly seats in Delhi in 2015 election to form the government while BJP had won only 3 seats. However, keeping in view its performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the BJP is poised to win the Delhi Assembly election comfortably.

Thanks largely to the electronic voting machines (EVMs), which always prefer BJP, Modi’s party won all the 7 Lok Sabha seats. The extinction of Congress and AAP’s failures will also help BJP win.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, BJP got 56.56% votes, followed by Congress (22.51%) and AAP (18.11%). Also, BJP’s Lok Sabha election performance shows that the party theoretically won at 65 of the 70 Assembly seats. Although Congress is a dead party, it managed to win at 5 Assembly seats while AAP lost at all in the just concluded election.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of the humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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