Welcome to the special segment of The Deshbhakt- Akashvani. What an uncertain yet fascinating day has it been! It was quite clear with the exit poll results, that AAP was going to win the elections but the scope, number of seats were the subject of anticipation. And of course, it was believed that the hate campaign that was going on for the past few weeks in the national capital region could change the game. The Delhi elections were about AAP Vs media, administration, court, opposition, ‘Chanakya Niti’. The question now is whether this hate campaign, communal speeches worked or are we going to see such low-level campaign again in Bihar and West Bengal elections? Or will BJP accept that this way of campaign flopped and will BJP accept new tactics? Let us try to understand the Delhi election results in 6 points and see what worked for BJP and what backfired. Yogi: Congress and Kejriwal are feeding these protesters with food and we are feeding them with bullets. The biggest mistake BJP made this election was to bring food in communal lines. We have seen the fights for ‘Mandir-Masjid’, communal riots but never ever we included food with our differences. Being a Bengali, I am very sensitive about my food and that too, Biryani. As a matter of fact, Biryani is the highest selling dish on Zomato so basically it is promoting ‘Make in India’. Now, BJP said that these people eating Biryani are anti-nationals. This was their huge mistake. Biryani, in fact, is the most nationalistic dish possible. Biryani includes chicken that comes from poultry farming and poultry farming began in Indus Valley civilization. This proves how ancient and important it is to our culture. Then, Biryani includes rice. Rice is staple diet for many people in India. Biryani also includes spices. Spices made India globally important economically, basically our first ‘Make in India’ program. Finally, Biryani is incomplete without saffron. And saffron can never be anti-national! This shows that BJP didn’t plan it enough before getting food into their communal play. It is confirmed then that this type of politics we are not going to see in the upcoming elections. Anurag Thakur: Traitors of the nation should be.. Audience: Shot dead! Second tactic that backfired was- hate speech. If it had been only low-profile ministers such as Kapil Mishra, chanting such slogans, it wasn’t a big deal. But when Union Minister Anurag Thakur chanted such hateful slogans, even BJP supporters didn’t appreciate it. Here, he was calling out to shoot traitors and few days later, he was suppose to present Union Budget in the parliament. Budget didn’t fulfill people’s expectations and that too plated against BJP in this election. A number of data discrepancies also came in the Budget 2020. Delhi voters also figured after this that real traitors are those who can not fix our country’s economy. Current rate of unemployment, economic slowdown, ease of doing business, taxation, harassment also turned people against them. So it is possible that such hate speech will also be absent in the upcoming elections. Amit Shah: Opposition is standing with Shaheen Bagh. Backfire no. 3, Shaheen Bagh. When Biryani didn’t work, hate speech didn’t work, they started creating divide. BJP polarized the whole Shaheen Bagh protest into a Muslim movement and not a people’s movement against CAA. Several narratives, fake news, remarks were made to give Shaheen Bagh a communal angle. This play by the BJP also backfired since all the narratives they gave turned fake and Shaheen Bagh portrayed Unity in Diversity. People from all sects and beliefs came in support of Shaheen Bagh; Langar, Kirtan, Namaaz all happened together there. This divide and rule politics also backfired despite their best efforts. BJP minister: These terro***s like Kejriwal are hiding in this country. Backfire no. 4- Personal Attack. One major go to narrative of BJP is obviously Congress and the other one is Pakistan. Going with the same, BJP minister called Delhi CM Kejriwal, a terrorist. This gave AAP an opportunity in fact to call people in their support. AAP turned this comment into an insult for Delhi people and asked people to come forward in their support. Delhi voters have also realized that BJP has used the same Pakistan-Pulwama-Balakot-nationalist narrative in Lok Sabha and won, why should we vote them again on the same ? So basically, people have understood that this Pakistan issue is not going to work again and again and hence it backfired. As a matter of fact, BJP lost all 10 seats in Parvesh Verma’s Lok Sabha constituency. News Anchor: Delhi people don’t care about Balakot Air-strike, Ram Mandir, not even about Article 370. Backfire no. 5- Godi Media. Indian media did it best to link Shaheen Bagh protest and AAP. All media houses were trying involve AAP with Shaheen Bagh knowing fully well that this wasn’t true. Prominent news anchors even went to Shaheen Bagh to report on the ground. Some small YouTubers also reached there in hope to perform a sting. No body though succeeded in their task to “expose” the protesters. As a matter of fact, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya’s so-called sting operation came out to be false in the end. Entire social media, news media worked their best to turn people against AAP on the basis of Shaheen Bagh protests but failed. In fact, it backfired since people have also realized that most of these news on India media are fake these days. Delhi voters have understood that mainstream media today is completely propaganda-driven. *Hindi Song playing* Backfire no.6, BJP’s CM candidate. As BJP used the incompetency of Rahul Gandhi as a PM candidate, AAP used incompetent Manoj Tiwari in its favor. This election became about the question- if not Kejriwal then who? So when people voted for BJP because they didn’t want Rahul Gandhi, the same happened in Delhi with Kejriwal and Manoj Tiwari. Last time, BJP fought Delhi elections with Kiran Bedi as its CM candidate, this time, though not official,but Manoj Tiwari was BJP’s anticipated CM candidate. This worked in AAP’s favor since BJP failed to provide a credible alternative. Sooner or later, BJP also realized that they can’t rely on Manoj Tiwari and hence Amit Shah himself came on the field. Even when this election became Amit Shah Vs. Kejriwal, it lacked a strong candidate from the BJP. So what does these Delhi election results mean for Indian politics? Can we now expect that this hateful campaigning, divide and rule politics will be absent in future elections? AAP leaders are claiming that this is a new beginning to developmental politics. But will this happen in the rest of India? Delhi voters are relatively more aware, more educated. Question now is what will BJP do in the upcoming Bihar and West Bengal elections. Will we see more of this polarization, divisive politics, hateful remarks after this big failure? Politicians may claim that this urban area scenario is not the same with rural and Hindu heartland areas. Interestingly, none of the big metropolitan cities are ruled by BJP. So it can be concluded that urban India does vote differently than rural India. At lease, we can say that Urban India is rising and getting aware. Sadly enough, these dirty tactics, hateful politics can be seen again in Bihar and WB elections. But BJP would also have to introspect and bring some reforms. Besides, BJP still lack a local CM candidate in either of these states. Bihar and WB elections are due within the next 6 months, so question now rises what will be BJP’s plan. They can definitely not talk about economics so ultimately such divisive tactics are all they are left with. At least, a common Indian voter can now believe that elections can be fought up on issues of development, education, and health. People will vote for strong local leaders. Congress also needs to introspect and analyse how their vote share decreased drastically despite being in power for about 10 years in a row. They need to realize their mistake and restructure the party. One thing is clear though that whether you agree or not, democracy has won today.