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AAP’s national ambition dashed

After sweeping Delhi in 2015, about 5-year-old Aam Aadmi Party took a political plunge in two States, Goa and Punjab, that went to polls recently. Its aim was to make its appearance felt at the national level. However, the “disappointing” result has dashed the party’s dream to make pan-India presence that had pitched itself as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress.

If in Punjab, the AAP ended a distant second after bagging 20 seats, in Goa it failed to open its account.

Following the not so good performance, party chief, also Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “We accept people’s mandate. All volunteers worked hard. Our struggle will continue.”

Large number of AAP volunteers and Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan had also travelled to Punjab to canvass for the party. Despite extensive campaigning, the party that made its maiden foray in Assembly polls foundered.

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, reported PTI.

Kumar Vishwas said: “We were very hopeful that we would form government (in Punjab), but results are not as per our expectations.”

AAP leader Ashutosh said: “We are disappointed with the results. We will introspect on the reasons behind the performance.” The party will recover for Gujarat, he said.

AAP leader and Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra said: “This was not expected and it’s the time to review.”

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