Indianexpress.com spoke to some of the former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members — Yogendra Yadav, Ashutosh and Prashant Bhushan — to know how they looked at the Delhi elections and the performance of the party they were once part of.
On the challenge against being pitted against a high-profile politician, both Sunil Yadav and Romesh Sabharwal claimed that the AAP convenor Kejriwal was never seen in his constituency these five years and does not have any idea of the issues plaguing New Delhi seat.
Budget 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the full-fledged Union Budget for the current financial year Friday where she proposed reforms in several sectors including PSBs, tax returns and railways.
The 2019 Lok Sabha election results will gauge the JD(U)-BJP alliance's success in Bihar after the former broke away from the RJD-Congress alliance in 2017 after successfully defeating the BJP in 2015 Assembly elections.
MP, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Highlights: In Bihar, BJP's Chhedi Paswan defeated Congress candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in Sasaram. On the other hand, the JD(U) won the Sitamarhi seat while LJP's Chirag Paswan retained Jamui seat.
Uttar Pradesh, UP Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Highlights: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in his home turf Amethi. In his address, Rahul congratulated BJP's Smriti Irani, asking her to "take care of people of Amethi." Irani defeated Rahul by a margin of 55,120 votes.
Nalin Verma said, "I think Lalu holds out hope even if he is not physically present. He started off as a genuine revolutionary and his idea of revolution will continue. He is a ray of hope and will continue to be, in whatever situation it is. One can’t just shackle his idea."
A cricketer-turned-politician, Tejashwi, for many, is an extension of Lalu. For some others, he is nowhere close to his father when it comes to crowd-pulling. There is, however, an overwhelming feeling that Lalu's absence is a loss for the party and will also tell on the gathbandhan.
Patna Sahib: "The Kayastha community believes that if Shatrughan Sinha loses Lok Sabha elections, they will have one less representative in Parliament. Since R S Prasad is already a sitting MP, Sinha must be re-elected from Patna Saheb,” said Ajay Verma, general secretary of Chitragupta Society.
Mohammed Taushiq Raza, 36, of Dumri village, said they have decided to boycott the Lok Sabha elections. "We will not vote this year at all. We have been electing our representatives for the betterment of the area but we have got only false promises from politicians."
Shatrughan Sinha said, "I call a spade a spade but I must admit that PM Modi has an extraordinary energy level. As far as his two great schemes are concerned, these are Swachhata Mission and Jan Dhan."
Attacking PM Modi for his attacks on Opposition, Misa, who is contesting from Patliputra, said that it is unprecedented that the Prime Minister of India publicly passes personal comments and makes fun of his political opponents.
On Lalu Yadav, Misa Bharti said, "My father always had a choice of mending political ties with BJP but he is always ready to sacrifice everything for the welfare of minorities and deprived sections of the society."
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's speech at Gol market in Delhi in 1977 was a huge influence on my father, who had come to Delhi from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, and it formed a big part of the life lessons he imparted to his children.