Two major political parties in the capital — the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — may have to pay a heavy price for infighting in the upcoming assembly polls, paving way for the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) success.
Social scientist and AAP worker Yogendra Yadav said that the two-party system in Delhi would soon come to an end. “We are now looking at a triangular competition and the AAP cannot be ignored only as a spoiler,” said Yadav.
While infighting and lack of a strong leadership could prove to be a setback for the BJP, the Congress may suffer because of its poor performance in Delhi bypoll and the loss of seats in the 2011 municipal elections.
In Lakshmi Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Matiala and Uttam Nagar, sitting Congress MLAs failed to win municipal seats falling under their constituencies.
The rising onion prices in the city are adding to the party’s worries. Sensing an opportunity to use onion prices to its advantage ahead of the assembly elections, the Delhi BJP has been protesting against chief minister Sheila Dikshit, accusing her of failing to control the spiralling rates of the vegetable.
While many in the BJP and the Congress do not want to comment aloud on these issues, outsiders see them as an internal assessment of the parties.
“These might be reports based on the feedback by the partymen,” said AAP worker Yogendra Yadav.
After the party surveys, the BJP and the Congress have started mobilising their ground-level workers for the elections.
“We have started holding regular meetings with block-level workers so that they can mobilise the masses in favour of the party,” said DPCC president JP Agarwal.