Bhagwant Mann tells why AAP Lost

By 13th March 2017 0 Comments


A day after facing a crushing defeat in the Punjab assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday decided to hold a meeting of its MLAs after Holi to finalise the leader of Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha. The name will be announced before March 16, the day the chief minister will be sworn in.

Party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh said the meeting of the 20 MLAs will be held either on March 14 or 15. “After that, the party will undertake a seat-wise analysis of its defeated candidates,” he added. “The first set of introspection meetings will take place in Punjab. We will try to assess what went wrong. Then the next meeting will be held in Delhi where we and senior leaders will have a similar session with party chief Arvind Kejriwal,” he said.

Bhagwant put up a poem on hope and unending struggle by Punjabi poet Surjit Patar on his Facebook page. Known for his video messages, he has, however, not addressed his supporters since his defeat.

Kejriwal too has maintained silence on his twitter account for the past more than 24 hours which too is unusual. Organisation building in-charge Durgesh Pathak too has not tweeted any response to Punjab results.

Meanwhile, internal bickering and blame game among party’s state leadership has also begun. A losing candidate, who did not wish to be named, said the party had lost because of the “Delhi team’s arrogance and wrong choice of candidates”.

Another winning candidate said the party failed to appreciate the cultural ethos of the state and could have done better had Sucha Singh Chhotepur not been removed from the party. But Chhotepur got a few votes himself? “The gross moral message of Chhotepur’s removal damaged the party. It is not about the personal vote bank of a leader. His removal led to a split in the party and dissent which went out of control,” he said.


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