What the exit polls say about Delhi Assembly Elections 2020
The elections in Delhi were held on February 8. The voter turnout was recorded at 62.59 per cent. The AAP questioned the "delay" behind making the announcement — the turnout was declared only on Sunday evening. Delhi went to polls on February 8. Barring a few exit polls, all of them gave the AAP over 50 seats out of a total of 70. While the party had come to power with a majority of 67 in the Delhi House of 70 seats in the 2015 Assembly polls, most pollsters this time gave them more than 50 seats. The BJP is expected to improve on the tally of three seats it got the last time, but still, is likely to finish a distant second. With most exit polls predicting an absolute rout for Congress, the revival of the party, which failed to open its account in the 2015 Assembly elections, is unlikely this time too.
For AAP, the results will show if its gambit of seeking a mandate on its performance has paid off; for BJP, if Modi name, Hindutva agenda prove stronger than CAA anger. All the exit polls have predicted a comfortable win for Arvind Kejriwal's AAP.
The past month had seen two very different campaigns run by the AAP and BJP — with the former asking people to vote on the basis of its work, and the latter focusing its campaign around Shaheen Bagh, where protests against the new citizenship law have been on for almost two months now.
In its manifesto, AAP has chosen not to reiterate any of its older or incomplete promises. Instead, it has introduced two new points — a “Deshbhakti Curriculum” which CM Arvind Kejriwal had announced in August 2018 as a means to instill a sense of “duty” and “responsibility” towards the country, and introducing spoken English and soft skills for students who have graduated from any Delhi school in the past five years to increase their employability.
The BJP’s campaign had been dominated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s public meetings, in which he had alleged that AAP has not fulfilled its education promises or built a single new school or college.
The biggest promises that the party has made in the field of education are to increase the education budget by 10% each year, and to open 200 new schools and 10 new colleges. It has also promised introduce a “Sanskrit board” and Sanskrit learning in the Sanskrit medium.
The Congress manifesto claimed that under AAP, lakhs of students shifted from government to private schools. It also alleged “more publicity by the AAP government than actual improvement in school”.
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