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Why Kejriwal is kowtowing to the ‘Modi-Kejriwal voters’

NEW DELHI: Delhi elections are around the corner. A look at the voting pattern in the last couple of elections in the capital shows that a substantial chunk of Delhi falls into the Modi-Kejriwal camp — people who voted for BJP in both national elections but voted for AAP in the 2015 assembly election.

Arvind Kejriwal's belligerence and heightened rhetoric on Modi was cited as one of the reasons for AAP's rout in the 2017 MCD Elections. BJP won 181 seats out of the 272 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party, which was contesting the municipal elections for the first time, won 49 seats. The party's vote share came down to 26% from 54% votes it had secured in the 2015 assembly elections.

AAP's abysmal performance in the following 2019 Lok Sabha elections – where it won a tepid 18% of the vote (a fall of 15% from 2014) further set the alarm bells ringing for the young party.

However, seven months after the Lok Sabha elections, the pendulum seems to have swung in Kejriwal's favor. The IANS-CVoter and ABP News-CVoter surveys are both predicting a comfortable victory margin for the Aam Aadmi Party.

A big reason for this is the change in Arvind Kejriwal's messaging.Read More – Source

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