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Delhi elections: A contest among opinion polls, media, political parties and voters
Delhi elections 2015 are dominating Indian media especially the TV media these days in the wake of assembly polls scheduled Februray 7. The assembly polls of this city state is virtually an all out war between contesting parties, media channels, opinion makers and even non-participants.

Surf any news channel, you will find Delhi polls news. Every minute there is a development; there are statements, allegations, counter allegations and assertions. I think the media coverage this time is more than that of during 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

For the first time post 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP is facing a formidable but a non-Congress rival in the polls. Parties like CPM, SP, JDU, RJD, BSP have suo motto offered their support to AAP in Delhi election. I am sure they are not supporters of AAP's logic or ideology. They just wish that AAP at any cost stops Modi's juggernaut! For me it's very encouraging. If all these old political parties are rallying behind a two and half year old new regional party, then indications are that Indian polity is definitely changing.

Earlier, a fierce contest was seen in social media. This time news channels have also forced themselves in the fierce contest through opinion polls which is now released almost daily. Some are forming AAP's government, some are forming BJP's government. An opinion poll generally takes a seven day time to collect data, analyse it and then find out numbers. 

Here the daily opinion polls really face a credibility question. How one can show a 16 per cent swing in the favour of one party or either in couple of days? That's why people started branding news channels as pro-AAP channel or pro-BJP channel. I don't think people are at mistake.

One thing is common in all the opinion polls that every one is showing Congress to be decimated and getting seats in the range of 3-5. Fact 1: If Congress has really lost ground, then it would be advantage AAP as the vote bank for both the parties are same. If the Congress maintains its position or improve, then it would be at the cost of AAP. What a tyranny, in 2013 elections AAP was being considered as Vote-Katwa (vote wasting party) and now the Congress has become vote-Katwa party for AAP!

Then AVAM, a former AAP supporting group, came with some exposes. Some ex-members of AAP held a press conference just to hold their ears and to say sorry for joining AAP. I just wonder about their timings. But all such dramas are not unexpected in Delhi polity.

In the meantime it appears that Amit Shah perhaps has taken full control of Delhi BJP campaign. It must be his most difficult election even harder than Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election, where the entire Cabinet and more than 100 MPs are involved in street campaigning. The Prime Minister of India has to also do 4 rallies in this city state.

As today is the last date of campaigning, Amit Shah's focus would be on booth management now. The eternal truth of democracy is that elections are won or lost at booth level only. Shah would be facing a tougher task in bringing the middle class voters to polling booths, as generally middle class prefers to enjoy their weekend than to part of what they call dirty politics.

One thing is sure; this Delhi campaign has hit several lows in almost all arenas. Democracy always encourage healthy contest. I think Delhi campaign has just turned out to be a filthy contest. But people of Delhi are very wise and hopefully will not be trapped by such campaigns. They would vote for the candidates who they feel are right rather than listening to who is saying what. But serious thinking should be started to maintain etiquette in upcoming elections for the sake of healthy democracy!

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