Monday, February 15, 2021

Muslims may not vote for Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi in future: Is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) aiming to be become BJP's 'B team'

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had won Delhi elections in February 2020. Polls revealed that nearly 70% Muslims had voted for it. 

The year witnessed riot in Delhi, later students' arrests, sanctioning prosecution, lot happened. 

Now, in 2021, Raghav Chadha's shocking statement over a murder has once again led to strong reactions on social media. 

People are openly calling out, reacting and many now term its leaders asopportunists without any clear ideology and having politicians who can bend or take any political line, when it suits them. 

So they are not different and can communalize blatantly if it helps them! Is there support for Arvind Kejriwal and his party, among Muslims anymore! Doesn't seem so. But the next election in Delhi, is far away. 

If a political party that is fundamentally anti-minority, plays such a role, then it's a different matter. In case of AAP, what happened, shocked the voters. It was seen as 'centrist' earlier. Anger, hurt is such that leave Delhi, if party plans expansion outside, there won't be minuscule section of Muslims voting for it.

Some thought it was a non-BJP, Congress option, others felt it as a regional party for Delhi, which focused on development& would stay away from communal issues, despite AK's past. But within months, felt they'd been back-stabbed & that it was just another offshoot of Parivar.

From its role in the entire period, apathy, how it abandoned even towards its own Muslim leaders, and the handling-stand during crackdown on students, Jamia, later sanctioning prosecution, it has given its electoral base, such a jolt within a short time!