The blitzkrieg debut of first time winners in Delhi assembly elections has resulted in fall of some veteran contestants who had an experience of fighting several elections and held important positions in the governments as well. The slogan of change heralded by young voters of the capital — often mocked at by traditional politicians and analysts — has opened a new window for issue based clean politics in the country.
Some of the veteran politicians from Congress and BJP had to face defeat at hands of the new comers, who were just one-year old in politics. The most interesting case is that of Chaudhary Prem Singh of Congress, who had never lost an election since 1958, was decimated by the Aam Admi Party candidate Ashok Kumar in Ambedkar Nagar by a huge margin of more than 16,000 votes.
“I hope new faces bring some vibrancy in our democracy. This election has scripted a new chapter in history, which I would like my child to read about,” said Mahesh Verma, 32, a software programmer from east Delhi, who had voted for first time AAP candidate.
More than four lakh first-time voters and two lakh new registrations in the last two months before elections, have reportedly changed the game in this assembly election. Analysts claim that more than 1.75 lakh voters, who came out to vote after 5pm on December 4, too impacted the results as well.
Interestingly, four out of the six Delhi cabinet ministers including chief minister Sheila Dikshit lost to to AAP founder-leader Arvind Kejriwal, by more than 25,000 votes.
In Mangolpuri, Rajkumar Chauhan, PWD minister, was defeated by AAP first time candidate, Rakhi Birla by more than 10,000 votes.
What has stunned the Congress and BJP is equally is that their young candidates, who were fielded to counter AAPs youth brigade could not win as well. The young candidates like Amrita Dhawan, Raghini Nayak and Neeraj Basoya of Congress and Ajay Kumar or BJP could not win.
Senior politicians, who has fielded their sons, including Vinay son of Congress’s Mahabal Mishra and Rajiv Babar, son of BJP’s OP Babar could not win as well.
Constituency Winner Defeated
Mangolpuri Rakhi Birla Raj Kumar Chauhan
Ambedkar Nagar A K Chaudhary Prem Singh
Malviya Nagar Somnath Bharti Kiran Waliaa