The poster, that posed a counter to claims made by Congress’ rivals during election campaigning through this slogan has a different meaning today.
By 1pm, supporters of Aam Admi Party gathered at India Gate to “celebrate”. To people who were present at the protests against the Nirbhaya Gang rape and atrocities against women, the gathering at India Gate indicated a change in story — Delhi’s political scene that has come full circle in December.
BJP’s CM candidate Vijendra Gupta told NIE, “AAP created a myth — that the fight is between Congress and BJP. We left it unchecked. We didn’t watch it.”
More good news poured out for the Aam Aadmi Party at 2.50 pm when its candidate from Kasturba Nagar, Advocate Madan Lal walked out victorious and loaded with garlands. He had trounced his rival from Congress by 5300 odd votes. He said, “It’s because of Arvind Kejriwal’s cleanand honest image that we could do this well in the Assembly elections. Kasturba Nagar had been neglected by the BJP and Congress for many years. We have a lot of work to do for the youth.” Later, the word about AAP’s win in Jangpura sent garlands flying into the air at Gol Market.
It wasn’t a good day for an auto riskshaw driver (name withheld on request) who had voted for Congress against his son’s wishes. His sons pursuing under graduate courses had advised him to vote for Aam Aadmi Party. “They are young. Their idea of politics and political leaders is different. Congress has done a lot for us. I can’t vote for any other party in Delhi. But times are changing.”
BJP candidate from RK puram Anil Sharma got a roaring reception outside the counting booth in New Delhi. He had trounced Shazia Ilmi of Aam Aadmi Party. “He has won. He has won, 340 votes margin!” supporters yelled in joy. Sharma told the New Indian Express, “Aam Aadmi Party has done well. We will have to work harder in the times to come. But one thing is clear. Congress has been decimated for its policies and neglect.”
“Gayee tumhaari Congress?”, a house wife took jibes at a neighbour at a residential colony near the New Delhi counting booth. Women waited to get a glimpse of Arvind Kejriwal. Someone joked, “Jhaadu (broom, also the symbol of AAP) may go out of stock. Mehengi ho jayegi (its prieces may go up).”
-Sumati Mehrishi | ENS