AAP’s targeted campaign to woo Purvanchali voters in trans-Yamuna areas and parts of Northwest Delhi seems to have contributed significantly to the party’s victory.
The party bagged all 15 Purvanchali-dominated seats in East and Northeast Delhi. Vishwas Nagar in East Delhi is perhaps the only seat with a sizeable population of Purvanchalis that went to the BJP.
In Outer Delhi too, AAP candidates won by huge margins in Purvanchali-dominated seats that were among the BJP’s biggest wins in 2013. Karawal Nagar in Northeast Delhi was won by AAP’s Sarita Singh by 44,431 votes. Kirari in Northwest Delhi saw AAP’s Rituraj Govind Jha win by over 45,172 votes.
With the Congress, which swept these seats till 2008, putting up only two Purvanchali candidates this time, AAP’s aggressive campaigning saw the party capture a chunk of the Congress vote share in these areas.
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Badli, a constituency with a significant Purvanchali population in Northwest Delhi, was won by AAP’s Ajesh Yadav by 35,376 votes. The seat was won by Congress’s Devendra Yadav in 2013 by over 23,000 votes. The AAP had come a distant third then.
“We captured the pulse of the Purvanchali people. They realised we speak for them and understand their problems. Both the BJP and the Congress have exploited the Purvanchali people for years for electoral gains and done no real work in their areas,” Rituraj Govind Jha said.
In seats it won in 2013, AAP candidates won by bigger margins this time. Seemapuri was won by AAP’s Dharmender Singh by 11,976 votes in 2013. This time, AAP’s Rajender Pal Gautam took the seat with 48,821 votes. “The voters have reposed their faith in us. We will now address important issues like women’s safety and education to help Purvanchalis lead better lives in Delhi,” Gautam said.
Sangam Vihar, which was won by AAP’s Dinesh Mohaniya by a margin of just 800 votes last time, was swept by him this time by 43,988 votes.
Some seats were won by the AAP by conservative margins — the party won Rohtas Nagar in Northeast Delhi by 7,874 votes and Laxmi Nagar in East Delhi by 4,846 votes. Ghonda, another seat dominated by Purvanchalis, was won by just 8,000 votes.