In Defeat, BJP’s Voter Base Stays Loyal

  Despite its overwhelming defeat, reduced to three seats in the 2015 Delhi assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has largely maintained the vote share it has had for the last 16 years.   The BJP achieved a vote share of 32.20% this time around, the lowest since 1993 but around the same it’s … Continued

Poor, Rich, Middle-Class: All For Kejriwal

  Delhi’s vast underclass—more than 60% earn less than Rs 13,500 per month—was always expected to back Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). But the great surprise has been how middle-class and upper-class areas too voted for the upstart party.   The vote share of the AAP has climbed 25% over 2013, indicating … Continued

Delhi Hurricane: 3 Reasons Why BJP Lost & AAP Won

  So, finally, the juggernaut of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has been stopped by Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi.   AAP won 67 seats out of the 70-seat assembly and BJP could win only three seats. Congress, the party that had ruled Delhi for almost five decades, … Continued

Seven Key Tasks For Delhi’s New Government

  The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) grand sweep to power in Delhi – in less than two years after being number two – is a clear indication that impatient voters have soaring expectations.   If those expectations are not quickly fulfilled, disillusionment is likely to be as quick. Although Delhi is India’s richest urban area … Continued

Delhi 2015 Exit Polls: AAP Clearly Ahead

  Exit polls conducted by various agencies after the Delhi assembly elections have one clear winner – Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).   While the projections vary between 35 seats and 53 seats for AAP out of the 70 assembly seats, two polls have predicted a complete wipe out of Indian National Congress (INC) … Continued

Delhi Elections 2015: Facts At A Glance

  The count down for the Delhi assembly elections has begun. Here are some interesting facts for Delhiities before they step out to cast their vote on 7th February, 2015.   _____________________________________________________________   “Liked this story? is a non-profit, and we depend on readers like you to drive our public-interest journalism efforts. Donate Rs 500; Rs … Continued

Slums, Workers Hold Key To Winning Delhi

  About 93% of Delhi’s work force lives in slums, locally called jhuggis, and whichever government takes charge of Delhi will find it difficult to ignore those who live in these long-ignored and illegal dwellings.   This workforce is part of the 11% of Delhi’s population that inhabits the slums of the world’s second-most populous … Continued

How Delhi Keeps Women Out Of Elections

  With Kiran Bedi leading the Delhi election campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sheila Dixit already having been chief minister for three terms, it might appear that women have a significant role to play in the February 7 elections.   Instead, the data show that the percentage of female candidates has declined … Continued

Through AAP, Delhi’s Vast Underclass Speaks Up

  Delhi’s people are India’s richest. They use the best, most extensive network of roads, and they have one of the highest rates of vehicle ownership in India. The number of companies serving and investing in their economy is growing.   On the face of it, Delhi, the world’s second-most populous city, is one of … Continued

Big Fights in Delhi–But Similar Promises

  For all the sound and fury exchanged by the three principal parties in the electoral battle to control Delhi, the promises they are making to the capital’s 16.8 million people are largely similar.   An IndiaSpend analysis of the manifestos of Indian National Congress (INC) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)  and “vision document” … Continued