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Delhi has voted for good governance

Filed on February 12, 2020 | Last updated on February 12, 2020 at 07.06 pm

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party trounced the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Narendra Modi, in the assembly elections in New Delhi, the capital of India, by winning 62 of the 70 seats.

The ruling BJP had carried out a rancorous campaign, touching new lows in public conduct. The people of Delhi voted for AAP, which has done wholesome work on the ground. In doing so, the people have also rejected the divisive and fractured politics of the BJP.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi should counsel his party members to cease indulging in religious politics and whipping unnecessary frenzy over emotional issues. His own image will get tarnished, if his party members do not uphold high standards in their debates and demeanour. The Indian economy is in the doldrums and should be top priority. Religious bigotry has no place in this age of digitisation and technology. Jobs and homes are a universal concern of the young everywhere in the world.

A major tragedy of these elections is that the monolithic Congress Party, which had administered the capital city for 15 years, did not win a single seat. Unless the Congress reinvents itself and becomes more relevant, this great party once led by national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawharlal Nehru will become irrelevant and is staring at extinction. Rahul Gandhi, the current face of the party, should pick up the gauntlet, roll-up his sleeves and work on the ground to resolve the problems of the common people. Tweets could give a leader some currency but cannot help win elections. Resolving issues around sanitation, drinking water, electricity and unemployment could help win elections. This, Rahul Gandhi needs to understand, if he wishes to lead India someday.

-Rajendra Aneja, India

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