V. P. KASHIN
Candidate of Historical Sciences Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Key words: India, Delhi Legislative Elections 2015, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Aam Aadmi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party
The February 2015 Legislative Assembly elections in the National Capital Territory fundamentally changed the balance of political power in Delhi. The election was won by the Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man's Party - AAP), supported by the poorest segments of the population and young people.
Qutb Minar, Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, India Gate... Recently, brands in the Indian capital have increasingly included the office of Aam Admi Party at 41 Hanuman Mandir Lane, in the business center of Connaught Place. Every day, from morning to night, it is besieged by crowds of people. They come here from all over the country to fill out a questionnaire, pay 10 rupees and get a party ticket to participate in legislative elections. The police and volunteers have organized round-the-clock duty near the party office and are struggling to cope with the increasing workload.
APPLICANTS AND FORECASTS
Elections to the Legislative Assembly (legislature) The National Capital Territory of Delhi was held on 7 February 2015. The main contenders for victory were the conservative Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People's Party - BJP), the political wing of Hindu nationalism, and the populist Aam Aadmi Party.
In April-May 2014, the BJP won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections. In the Lok Sabha (People's Chamber), it won 282 seats out of 545, which for the first time in 30 years was enough to form a one - party government headed by its charismatic leader and energetic administrator, Narendra Modi1. At the end of 2014, the BJP also confidently won state legislative elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, formed a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir together with the People's Democratic Party, and intended to continue its "triumphant march" across t ... Read more