New Delhi, January 23: The Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the NRC would not have resonance in the Delhi Assembly polls as they are national issues and the elections in the national capital will be fought on state matters, AAP’s Rajinder Nagar candidate Raghav Chadha said.
Thirty-one years old Chadha is fighting his first assembly election. However, it is not the first time he is facing the polls.
He last year unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from the South Delhi constituency.
When asked if he thinks that the upcoming elections will be a referendum on the CAA-NRC, he said, “Absolutely not because elections are going to happen on state issues. These are issues of national importance and I personally feel they will have no resonance in Delhi.”
The AAP spokesperson said the Bharatiya Janata Party might try to “polarise” the environment ahead of the polls.
“However, I feel people of Delhi are intelligent enough to see through this propaganda of the BJP,” he told PTI in an interview.
He said if the last assembly polls are any guide, it explains that people reject national issues in state elections and concentrate only on issues concerning their state.
“National issues are for national elections and state issues are for state elections. In Jharkhand, the BJP tried to use the national narrative and bring in national issues and it lost. It tried the same thing in Haryana and it fell short of majority and in Jharkhand, it was defeated,” the AAP leader said.
“Local issues that impact day to day lives of people like electricity water, education, sewer system bus ride etc. are going to dominate the elections,” Chadha added.
Calling the last year’s Lok Sabha polls a “fantastic experience”, Chadha said he did not lose to BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri but to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The AAP leader had lost by over three lakh votes to Bidhuri.
“It was my first election, it was a big election and I went door to door and literally visited every household in my Lok Sabha constituency and despite that the result was in favour of Prime Minister Modi because it actually became a presidential style election where the narrative of the election was Modi vs who,” he said.
“I didn’t lose the election to Ramesh Bidhuri. Modi won against me,” he said, noting that this assembly election’s narrative is “Kejriwal vs who”. (PTI)