New Delhi: Celebrations in the BJP camp, gloom for the Congress. BJP made history by winning all three municipalities in the capital - for the second time in a row. Immediately, the party was quick to interpret this not as a municipality result but a larger referendum against the Congress.
The BJP workers were seen celebrating after a resounding win in all the three civic bodies. And the party leadership said that this wave will have an impact at the state elections too.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari commented on the win and said, "This shows Congress is very very unpopular across the country."
In East Delhi, the area of Chief Minister Shiela Dixit's own son Sandeep, BJP got 35 while the congress got 19. In North Delhi, BJP got 59 and congress got 29. In the posh South Delhi area, an area that saw the least voting, Congress got 30 and the BJP scored with 44.
Contrary to the BJP headquarters, there were no celebrations at Dikshit's residence with only few supporters trickling in. There was a complete silence there and no word from the the Chief Minister either.
For critics of Delhi Chief Minister, this loss is a referendum on her. But the truth is that losses at municipality level are now increasingly becoming a habit for the Congress.
From Bangalore to Mumbai to Delhi, Congress has failed to deal with the visible urban anger. A fact which will now affect Congress at the Centre as well.
This election comes as a big setback for the Chief Minister. When it comes to local problems at grassroot level, her party has failed to cut ice with the voter. Surely they need to do a lot of introspection before gearing up for Assembly Polls that are eighteen months away.