Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy on Sunday predicted a comfortable majority for his party in the Delhi assembly elections, notwithstanding the “poor economic performance.”
The Rajya Sabha PM said that his revised prediction for the BJP was based the prolonged agitation against the new citizenship law at Shaheen Bagh, which has been causing blockade leading to traffic snarls on the crucial inter-city route.
“I had said earlier the BJP was gaining in Delhi around 41 seats because Tukde Tukde gang and road blocking has overtaken poor economic performance (sic),” tweeted Swamy, formerly a professor of economics at Harvard University.
“Now I am convinced BJP pwill win with 41+ seats,” he added.
I had said earlier the BJP was gaining in Delhi around 41 seats because Tukde Tukde gangand road blocking has overtaken poor economic performance. Now I am convinced BJP pwill win with 41+ seats— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) February 2, 2020
The ongoing protest at Shaheen Bagh, which started on Dec 16 last year, has become a combustible election issue, with leaders of Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP trading barbs with each other over the demonstration.
While the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that the BJP was milking the agitation to their benefit, BJP Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and MP Pravesh Verma, among other party leaders, have accused the AAP of tacitly backing the protest.
The voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly will take place on Feb 8 and the results will be declared on Feb 11.