Does Delhi reflect the mood of the nation?

Enthusiasm and anticipation are in the air as India goes to the polls this summer. The
incumbent BJP government, riding high on the “Modi wave,” is expecting a consecutive term in the office while Rahul-led Congress is hoping for a reversal of fortunes on the lines of victory in the recent Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assembly elections.

The regional parties, many of whom have poll alliances with either BJP or Congress, are also investing themselves fully to maximize their tally. The point is to get the better end of the deal in case of a hung assembly. Which way the mandate will go is the million dollar question that has kept everyone guessing.

India, as they say, is a country in name but a continent in scale, which makes it hard to gauge the popular sentiment. However, as many believe, Delhi has the answers. With the national capital status and a cosmopolitan character, Delhi is well placed to indicate and alert the outcome of the general elections presently underway. ETV Delhi News dives deep into the political scene of this thriving metropolis where a tough, three-pronged contest is on the cards.

Why Delhi holds the key?
Delhi is the macrocosm of India, no two ways about it. What once was a city dominated by Punjabis has now emerged into a true cosmopolitan with a fine mix of castes, cultures, religions and socio-economic scales. As the ETV News UP report indicates, the transformation is due to an influx of people from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other parts of the country coming to Delhi in search of greener pastures. Adding to the cosmopolitan nature of Delhi is its national capital status, which automatically makes it home to bureaucrats hailing from diverse regions.
Delhi is also an economic hub, featuring several public and private sector enterprises. The employees working for these enterprises have their roots in different states of the Indian union. The same story goes for the trading community as well, which has been the traditional vote bank of BJP.

The metropolis has a whopping 16.80 million population among which 13.8 million are eligible to cast vote on 12 May 2019 in the penultimate phase of the ongoing general elections. The literacy rate here is 87% while the percentage of the total urban population is above 97 – both indicators are way higher than the national average.
With such diversity and economic might, Delhi can suggest election trends and alter them too.

The present election scenario:
Traditionally, Delhi has witnessed a contest between the BJP and Congress. However, with the emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the contest has transformed into a tri-pronged one. If a recent study by ETV Delhi is to be believed, the major issue for the local public is the steadily rising crime rate, followed by pollution, unemployment, land grabbing and garbage disposal.

Pranab Bhandari is a content marketing manager at ETV News Live Today.


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