With less than a day to go before the Delhi Assembly results are declared, the BJP seems to be a confused lot. Ever since exit polls have predicted a comfortable victory for the AAP, the party is finding it difficult to identify seats it is likely to lose. Last elections, the party won 32 seats jointly with ally, Siromani Akali Dal.
Several leaders believe that during these elections, all other political parties ganged up against BJP. “Even BSP supremo Mayawati asked the cadre to vote for the AAP. It was done to stop the Modi wave in Delhi before it made inroads in UP,” a senior party leader claimed.
The prospects seem gloomy even for the party’s popular faces who have won elections earlier. Among these leaders are:
R P Singh (Rajendra Nagar): Singh had won the Assembly elections from Rajendra Nagar in 2013. This time, many believe Singh to merely scrape through. Singh, however, is confident of victory. He has even got posters printed in which he thanks the people for his win.
Anil Sharma (RK Puram): Sharma also sent messages that support from his voters made him confident of a victory. He had successfully contested from RK Puram earlier. Shazia Ilmi of BJP, who was with the AAP earlier, had lost to him by a margin of less than 500 votes.
Jagdish Mukhi (Janakpuri): The veteran leader is facing a tough contest in Janakpuri, where he is pitted against his son-in-law, a Congress leader who has been working in the field for many years. Mukhi has also faced resistance from the party cadre.
Vikram Bidhuri (Tughlaqabad): The result for the Tughlaqabad seat will also be interesting since South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri’s nephew, Vikram Bidhuri, was fielded from the seat. Ramesh Bidhuri was elected an MLA from the seat in 2013 and left the seat to contest as MP. The seat witnesses a major challenge from AAP’s Sahi Ram.