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BJP's polarisation bid failed in Del polls: Pawar; calls for

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday attributed the Aam Aadmi Party's stellar performance in the Delhi assembly elections to the common people rejecting the BJP's "communal polarisation" agenda which he said marked the "mood of change" in the country.

Pawar also underlined the need for regional parties to come together to keep the BJP out of power.

As per the latest update, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has won 46 of the total 70 assembly seats and leading on 16 as per the latest results and trends. The BJP has won five seats and is leading on three others, while the Congress stares at a blank.

Pawar said the BJP committed "blunders" during the campaigning for the Delhi polls like "inciting religious sentiments to divide people along communal lines", but failed.

Without naming Union minister Anurag Thakur, the NCP chief said some people in the government made statements such as 'goli maro', which were indicative of the BJP "crossing the limits, but people of Delhi rejected them".

Talking to reporters here, Pawar said the results of the Delhi elections indicated that "winds of change" were blowing in the country. "The series of BJP's defeat in elections will not stop now," he added.

"The BJP, as usual, played the communal card to polarise votes, but failed. The Delhi Assembly poll contest was only between the Aam Aadmi Party and BJP, hence one might claim the saffron party's vote share is soaring," Pawar said.

He said the Delhi poll results indicated that the "winds of change" are blowing in the country. "The results are not surprising to me," he said.

Today's result is not limited to Delhi alone as people from various states live in the national capital. There is an environment of change in their own states which they expressed while voting in Delhi, the former Union minister said.

"There is an area called Karol Bagh in Delhi, where many Marathi-speaking people live. I had once gone there for a function. I had asked people about the poll trend and they had said only Kejriwal (will win)," he said.

"People had said that the the Kejriwal government tried to solve basic issues such as electricity and water bills, healthcare, education in Delhi," he said.

Referring to the BJP's defeat in the assembly polls held in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh during 2018-19, Pawar said, "I don't think this series of BJP's defeat will stop now".

"There is some kind of disappointment among the people which was reflected in the outcome of Delhi polls," he said.

Underlining the need for regional parties to come together to keep the BJP out of power, Pawar cited the example of Maharashtra, where the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress formed an alliance to come to power.

"Regional parties need to come together under a 'common minimum programme' and provide a stable government to keep the BJP out of power.

"In Kerala, there is Communist Maharashtra, we did some experiment. It means going forward, there is a need to come together on the basic common minimum programme, and I am sure people will support it," the veteran politician said.

Pawar said there is a feeling among Opposition parties that the BJP is like a "calamity" for the country, and there was a need to stand united.

"Last time we had come together in Kolkata and put forth our stand. Today, people have expectations from us and there is a need to go with a common minimum programme," he said.

Pawar also congratulated Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on victory in the polls.

Without taking names, Pawar said some "egotistic people are in power at the Centre".

"What I hear about (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (Union Home Minister Amit) Shah from MPs suggest that there is a great anxiety among people in the government," he said.

Pawar said BJP MPs look "scared" these days.

"They ensure that they do not get heard when they talk about their party. A BJP MP first looks to his right, then to his left, and after ensuring that nobody listening, he reveals the truth," Pawar said.

Referring to the vitriolic poll campaign, Pawar said, "The BJP committed some blunders in the Delhi elections by trying to incite religious sentiments of people and create a chasm between communities".

"The way they treated people from minority communities and ensured to create a rift on the lines of religion..but the people of Delhi did not accept it and rejected them," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 11 2020. 20:42 IST