In Janakpuri, #AAP candidate was defeated by 2,644 votes. Sanjay Puri, the Independent with TORCH symbol got 4,332 votes.— Kapil (@kapsology) December 11, 2013
This is a rather serious allegation if true. It may also be independents supporting each other who haven’t yet formed a party, and the placement above the Aam Aadmi Party symbol could be a coincidence, though sounds like a very big coincidence. The Aam Aadmi Party seems convinced that it was a BJP ploy to divide votes AAP got. I would have been skeptical, except the BJP swarms and anonymous accounts had already started attacking the Aam Aadmi Party over the accusation, which kinda looks like a lot of money to spend over unknown independents and their actions. Though it is also possible that the swarms discredit anything said as a default rather than this specifically. Besides, it would hardly be the first time BJP affiliates invoked Anna Hazare to use against the Aam Aadmi Party. Think of the “supporter of Anna Hazare” who threw ink at Kejriwal during the Press Conference who turned out to be a BJP worker. They could be genuine candidates, but then where was the campaigning? Too many coincidences. This needs more investigation, but I doubt if anyone has the spine to do it. So just keeping it here for now, since we seem headed for reelections anyway. Interestingly, these are not the only allegations of independent candidates being used to sabotage a party’s potential. In Madhya Pradesh, former Congress MLA Kalpana Parulekar has accused Digvijay Singh of backing at least 70 independent candidates in order to harm the chances of Scindia winning the elections. One has to wonder, even as we marvel at the stunning AAP show in Delhi against obviously engineered odds, whether Mark Twain was right, after all:
In Kalkaji, Dharmender Kumar, who contested on the TORCH symbol, polled 3,092 votes. The AAP lost to the BJP here by 2,044 votes.— Kapil (@kapsology) December 11, 2013
If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.
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