It’s not a happy situation — to be one in a minority of three against a majority of 67. But that’s the future of the three BJP candidates who have won from Delhi this time.
Former state unit chief Vijender Gupta, who won from Rohini, is the only known face in that group. As for the other two — Om Prakash Sharma from Vishwas Nagar and Jagdish Pradhan from Mustafabad — this journey might be one that is best forgotten.
Vijender Gupta, Rohini
Winner, 59,866 votes
A senior BJP leader, Gupta credited the voters and his party’s support for the win. While Gupta claimed the BJP’s failure could not be pinned on infighting alone, he said, “I won as I had the support of all four councillors, all mandal presidents and the organisation, besides the love of voters.” He also attributed AAP’s victory to Congress votes going in its favour. “Congress has been wiped out and its vote share has been transferred to the AAP,” he said.
Om Prakash Sharma, Vishwas Nagar
Winner, 58,124 votes
Om Prakash Sharma took solace in the fact that his party once — in1984 —had only two MPs in the Lok Sabha. “So we are not at all nervous that we will have just three MLAs in Delhi’s Assembly. We will make our presence felt,” he said. “We will carry out a detailed assessment of our campaign to identify what we could have done differently,” he said. Sharma was also quick to distance PM Narendra Modi from the debacle. Comparing Modi to a “father figure”, Sharma said, “What does he have to do with elections in Delhi?”
Jagdish Pradhan, Mustafabad
Winner, 58,388 votes
Associated with the Congress till 2009, Pradhan is a prominent Gujjar leader of the area, and has been a municipal councillor here several times. He credited the party’s workers for the win. “The volunteers worked tirelessly. We went from door to door and people from all religions and creeds supported us,” he said. He added that people had been “fooled” this time by the “lies” of the AAP. “The people will soon get disillusioned by Arvind Kejriwal,” he said. During campaigning, Pradhan focused on the “key influences” of the constituency. He said the first item on his agenda was to get a second senior secondary school started in his constituency, provide better bus connectivity and get open drains covered.