New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party’s hope of catapulting itself to the national stage and emerge as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress suffered a setback after the party ended a distant second in Punjab and failed to open its account in Goa.
AAP’s top brass, which had earlier made claims of sweeping the Punjab election, said it was disappointed with the poll performance and will review the reasons behind it.
“We accept people’s mandate. All volunteers worked hard. Our struggle will continue,” party chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
While party had garnered votes in the name of Arvind Kejriwal in both the states, senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas sought to defend the Delhi chief minister saying the responsibility of the results is ‘collective.’
The AAP bagged 20 seats in Punjab, a state which gave it four MPs in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but the party lost all seats in Goa with its chief ministerial candidate Elvis Gomes coming fourth from Cuncolim.
During his poll campaign and rallies, Kejriwal claimed that the AAP, in its maiden foray in assembly polls outside Delhi, would sweep Punjab and Goa. He had said that AAP will repeat its Delhi performance where it won 67 out of 70 seats in 2015.
Its vote share in Goa was six per cent as compared to 32 and 28 per cent of the BJP and Congress respectively. Even the independents’ 10 per cent vote share in the state.
In Punjab, it stood third in terms of the vote share. Even the Shiromani Akali Dal, which came third in the seats tally, bagged more vote share than the AAP.
The party was looking to establish itself as an alternative to the Akalis and the Congress, putting up a spirited fight in Punjab. Kejriwal addressed over 95 rallies in the state over the past few months.PTI
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