The national capital has always played a pivotal role in the general elections despite sending just seven representatives to the Lower House.
With the emergence of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the general elections in Delhi are expected to be much spicier than the previous polls, which have been more or less one-sided result-wise. 

If sources are to be believed, the Congress workers are not happy over Sheila being named the Kerala Governor. Sheila’s new assignment ends her political exile following her humiliating defeat in the Delhi Assembly elections.

The question that arises now is whether the Congress has already accepted its defeat in Delhi? Has the stupendous performance of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Assembly elections last year sounded the death-knell of Congress in Delhi?

In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Congress won all the seven seats in Delhi. It seems that with the growing popularity of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Congress has clearly understood that the tables have turned this time and it may not be able to win back the trust of voters in the national capital.

The Congress workers are also not upbeat as the humiliating defeat in the Delhi Assembly elections, which was widely seen by many as a semi-final ahead of the general elections, has brought down their morale.

A top Congress source told Jagran Post that the mood of the workers in the national capital is not great, especially, after the party’s awful performance in last year’s Assembly elections. However, the source candidly admitted that Sheila Dikshit being made the Kerala Governor sends a positive signal to the party workers that anyone who gives it all for the party would certainly be rewarded in the long run.

The source also admitted that AAP had badly hit the party’s vote bank in Delhi and the party needs to work hard to win back the trust of its voters.

Describing the performance of former AAP government led by Arvind Kejriwal to be extremely disappointing, the source said he expects that around 30 to 40 percent of voters would once again back Congress with BJP retaining its core vote bank in the capital.

But if a recent survey is to be believed, the condition of Congress in Delhi is not at all encouraging. It predicted good showing for BJP and AAP in Delhi in the general elections with both parties bagging two to three seats each, predicting just one seat for Congress.

The alarm bells in Congress Delhi unit are definitely ringing loud and clear. But the Congress might be banking on the volatile mood of Delhi voters, who have time and again come up with surprising verdicts in the past.

(Harshdeep Singh/JPN)

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