Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday, said that party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha polls was a result of people’s perception that the main fight was between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. An atmosphere that prevailed in the country rubbed off on Delhi too, he added. Kejriwal was claiming these two reasons for AAP’s poll loss in an open letter.
“The results didn’t meet our expectations. Post-election ground analysis has revealed two major reasons. First, the atmosphere that prevailed in the country rubbed off on Delhi as well. Second, people saw this ‘big election’ as between Modi and Rahul and voted accordingly,” he wrote in the letter.
“Our volunteers ran a superb campaign, putting all their energies into it. Across the country, people acknowledged that our candidates were among the best”, he said adding that they were unable to make people understand that they should have voted for Aam Aadmi Party in these elections as well.
However, Kejriwal said, people have been “enthusiastically assuring” him that they’ll vote for Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi assembly elections that are due early next year. “Our ground impact on education, health, water, electricity, pensions, doorstep delivery of 7- government services and basic amenities in underdeveloped colonies have made it possible for us to proudly engage in conversations with the public,” he said.
AAP had contested in 40 Lok Sabha constituency but could win only one in Punjab. In Delhi, where the AAP is in power, the BJP swept the polls, winning all seven seats.