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Arvind’s silence marks success

Aam Aadmi Party returned to its winning streak in Delhi by retaining Bawana Assembly seat in a bypoll with a margin of 24,052 votes after suffering a series of electoral shocks in the past months. BJP had a loss of face in the result as its gamble with AAP turncoat Ved Prakash, the sitting MLA who joined the saffron party and contested the bypoll, fell flat.AAP’s Ramchandra polled 59,886 votes while Ved Prakash got only 35,834 votes. Congress candidate Surendra Kumar, a three-time MLA from Bawana who was fielded with the hope of regaining the seat, could muster only 31,919 votes. Ved Prakash had polled 1.09 lakh votes in the 2015 polls from AAP ticket. But this time, he could get only 30 percent of votes, which he got last time.The final results came after initial moments of anxiety in AAP camp as it trailed in third position till the first 12 of 28 rounds. Congress initially sprinted with the lead but AAP caught up before establishing an unassailable lead. The result puts a brake on BJP’s poll victories in the capital where it had won the Rajouri Garden bypoll by defeating Congress candidate and pushing AAP to third position. It had also won the elections to three municipal corporations in a convincing margin and it came after its crushing defeat in the 2015 Assembly polls where it could bag only three seats in a House of 70.

The AAP’s thumping victory has come as huge relief for the party and its chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who faced rebellion in the party after the electoral reverses in Delhi as well as in the Assembly polls in Punjab and Goa earlier this year.

Soon after the civic polls loss, the AAP had plunged into a turmoil after senior leader Kumar Vishwaslaunched a rebellion over the ways the party was run. The leadership managed to cool his tempers but one of the MLAs Kapil Mishra, who was considered close to Vishwas, levelled allegations against Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

Arvind Kejriwal, who was known for criticising each and every move of Narendra Modi and BJP has remained quite in last few months. His tactic has worked. He is working more towards development and is making his work speak. This is a good trend, which he should follow.

The chief minister had been surrounded by a coterie of leaders who have barred his access to party cadre. Let alone workers, even MLAs and ministers were not able to speak with Kejriwal. That is why Kejriwal has replaced his advisor Ashish Talwar with Ashish Khetan. Now he is giving priority to open direct communication channels with legislators and party cadre instead of earlier way of communication through state in-charge and district in-charge.
People will surely support them, if they do good work. Instead of criticizing politics, it is better if welfare politics take place. Arvind has finally come to know his mistake. Hope he remains like this, so that AAP can survive even BJP in fray.

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