Assembly elections are scheduled in Uttarakhand early next year. The ruling Aam Aadmi party in Delhi has also announced that this time it will run in the assembly elections with the 70 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party has also declared its candidate for prime minister. In addition, Delhi CM and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has gone to Uttarakhand and promised that if he comes to power, 300 units of electricity will be given away for free. Will Aam Aadmi Party be able to show something amazing in Uttarakhand? If the Aam Aadmi Party grows in Uttarakhand, at what price will it advance?
Trying to be an alternative to the BJP and Congress
So far, Congress and the BJP have been the only two major parties in Uttarakhand politics. Although BSP and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal have also had MPs, the main competition has always been between Congress and the BJP. The BJP is in power now. In Uttarakhand politics, power has been changing in every election. From time to time, it has also been raised in social circles that Uttarakhand needs an alternative. Aside from Congress and the BJP, Uttarakhand also needs a strong party. But will the Aam Aadmi party be able to become that alternative? The Aam Aadmi Party had shown wonders in Delhi and the kind of support the Aam Aadmi Party got in Delhi, it could not get in other states. Except for the Punjab, in any state in which the Aam Aadmi Party ran in the assembly elections, it could not even register its strong presence. In the Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party became the main opposition party in its first assembly elections. But there is also a difference in the situation in Uttarakhand and Punjab. Before the Aam Aadmi Party contested the elections to the Punjab assembly, the Aam Aadmi Party had won four of its deputies from the Punjab itself. Circumstances are different in Uttarakhand, but the Aam Aadmi Party is constantly trying to establish its roots in Uttarakhand.
Delhi’s identity will be shown to the people
If the Aam Aadmi party advances in Uttarakhand, both the BJP and Congress will suffer. With that, the hope of the lone regional party will also be bleak. Uttarakhand Kranti Dal is the political party that was the leader of the separate Uttarakhand state movement. If the Aam Aadmi party moves forward, the hope that Uttarakhand Kranti Dal will rise again will be tarnished. Uttarakhand is a state where almost every family has someone in Delhi. Whether in studies or at work or business. Therefore, the identity of the Aam Aadmi Party and its Delhi is clear to the people of Uttarakhand. The Aam Aadmi party is also making similar promises in Uttarakhand as they have done in Delhi. Just as 200 units of electricity are free in Delhi and Aam Aadmi Party has promised 300 units of free electricity in Uttarakhand. BJP will face a wave of anti-incumbency in Uttarakhand. To try to avoid this, the BJP has made three CMs in five years, but still, if the Aam Aadmi party advances, it will harm the BJP.
Who will the ex-military go to?
Uttarakhand is an army-dominated state. There are ex-military in every village, in every locality. The Aam Aadmi party has made retired Colonel Ajay Kothiyal of the Indian army his candidate for the CM. The former military are considered supporters of the BJP. BJP has also called for votes in the name of the surgical strike and sometimes the Balakot airstrike. BJP has also benefited from the issue of nationalism. But the party’s CM candidate Aam Aadmi is a retired officer in the Indian army. The BJP may have to suffer if the ex-military goes to them. Those who are angry with BJP can also go to Aam Aadmi Party. It is also believed that if a BJP-Congress leader does not get a ticket, he can also join the Aam Aadmi party, even if it is for a ticket. In a way, it seems that the growth of the Aam Aadmi Party may hurt the BJP, while the growth of the Aam Aadmi Party may also be detrimental to Congress. In Uttarakhand, Congress hopes it will benefit from people’s unease over the BJP. Congress is also trying to capitalize on that. But if the Aam Aadmi Party creates an atmosphere in its favor and a message is passed among the people that the Aam Aadmi Party can do well in the elections, people angry with the BJP can also support the Aam Aadmi Party instead of the Congress. In this situation, the hope of Congress may suffer a setback. But all this will happen when the Aam Aadmi party is seen as an alternative to Uttarakhand.
How important Uttarakhand voters are to the Aam Aadmi Party will only be known at the time of the election, but it is clear that Congress will suffer as much as the Aam Aadmi Party advances, but the BJP will suffer as well. If we look at the politics of Delhi itself, with the growth of the Aam Aadmi Party, Congress had to suffer a lot. Where the contest was between the BJP and Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party pushed back the BJP and Congress was completely wiped out. Like Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party is also trying to establish its roots in Uttarakhand. The great impact it can have on its first elections in Uttarakhand will also tell whether the path of the party’s future to the state will be easy or difficult.