Reportedly the aam aadmi party (AAP) entered the delhi poll campaign on the strength of the development work it did in delhi in its last term, staying away from the issues of the contentious citizenship amendment act and National Register of Citizens. On the other hand, the bharatiya janata party (BJP) weaved a poll pitch around nationalism and Hindutva, with its leaders making strong statements criticising the chaos resulting in delhi owing to anti-CAA protests witnessed in shaheen Bagh, Jamia Millia Islamia and other locations.
Earlier home minister amit shah said at a rally last month “Press the button with such energy that the current is felt at shaheen Bagh”. Apprentices on 11 february, AAP was voted into power in 62 seats, while the bjp picked up just eight. The congress, lacking poll agendas and strong leadership, bagged no seats. What is noteworthy is that in the Okhla constituency, which is home to the shaheen Bagh and Jamia protests, AAP's Amanatullah Khan defeated BJP's Brahm Singh by a whopping margin of over 70,000 votes.
Moreover amid a struggling economy and uproar over the caa and NRC, kejriwal picked the development agenda. Perhaps the AAP started a campaign, highlighting its performance in improving the quality of government schools and mohalla clinics, providing subsidised water and electricity, installing CCTV cameras and ensuring free public transport for women. Apart from attending town halls, public meetings and road shows, the delhi chief minister also featured on the ' AAP Ke Dear Kejriwal'Aap' interactive website.