Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (ANI )
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (ANI )

How the recently concluded assembly elections were a failed opportunity for the AAP

  • While the party had announced they would contest in all the seats in Haryana, they fielded candidates in 46 of the 90 seats in the state
  • The AAP was pitching itself as an alternate to the traditional two party contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress in Haryana

NEW DELHI : The recently concluded assembly elections in both the states of Haryana and Maharashtra saw the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) draw a blank in both the states.

According to Election Commission of India, the AAP received 0.48% vote share in Haryana and 0.10% votes in Maharashtra. The party got less votes than the None of the Above (NOTA) option in both the states. They got a total of 59,839 votes in Haryana.

While the party had announced they would contest in all the seats in Haryana, they fielded candidates in 46 of the 90 seats in the state. In Maharashtra, they contested in 24 seats. All the candidates from both the states lost their deposits.

"Congratulations to the winning candidates. We will continue to work for the people of Haryana. Life is a movement," Naveen Jaihind, AAP Haryana unit chief said responding to the results.

The AAP was pitching itself as an alternate to the traditional two party contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress in Haryana.

This was the first time that the party contested assembly elections in both the states. The AAP contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election in alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party. The two parties could not stitch together an alliance for assembly elections.

In 2014, the party decided not to contest these elections which led to internal tussle.

The party had contested election in the state pitching the work done by the Delhi government. The AAP has so far contested assembly elections in Punjab and Goa. While the party is in opposition in Punjab, they drew a blank in Goa.

The AAP had, in its manifesto for the Haryana polls, promised 1 crore to the next of kin of those armed forces personnel who were killed in the line of duty, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report and a drugs-free state.

The party had promised to “re-engineer" Maharashtra, which, according to it, was “reduced to a failed State."

*PTI contributed to this story.

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