Will voters give Kejriwal a second term based on his report card?

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    The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday released a list of candidates for the 70 state assembly seats in Delhi for the upcoming polls.

    The party in power hopes to secure its second full term based on its performance in the field of education, health and public schemes such as free electricity and water.

    The party has issued tickets to 46 of its current MLAs which includes all its seven ministers.

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    AAP has cleverly designed a strategy to not just depend on its performance but also fight any anti- incumbency which may exist.

    While it is true that over 40% of Delhi’s revenue is being spent as part of it’s social expenditure, the party had to deal with certain issues in it’s current term too.

    Its legislators have been arrested for fraud, electoral malpractices amongst other offences, faced certain defections and has faced a rout in the municipal corporation elections and Lok Sabha polls in 2019, where it lost all the seven seats.

    With a strategy of retaining the performing candidates and removing the dead wood and replacing them with fresh faces, the party hopes to secure a second full term.

    The party will have to also keep in mind a formidable opposition which will target the government for its position on various national issues like CAA and underperformance in certain local issues like the quality of water (BIS Survey: Delhi has worst water quality in the country) and law and order situation in the capital.

    The present situation of student protests and unrest will also be a decisive factor for the various parties in the fray.

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