Over a week after facing a humiliating defeat in the general elections in the state, where none of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates could save their security deposit against the nominees of established parties, several of its key leaders, including founder members, are pitching for a change in the state leadership.
Riding high on the wave of its spectacular debut in Delhi in 2013, the AAP had contested Lok Sabha polls on all the 10 seats in Haryana and raised people’s aspirations to make a mark in caste-ridden society here.
Naveen Jaihind, AAP national executive member who lost against Congress candidate Deepender Singh Hooda from Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency said things did not go as they have thought during their debut in the state against the ruling Congress, opposition party -- Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and BJP.
On what went wrong, he said things were messy right from ticket distribution to shouldering responsibilities by the key designated state and district-level office-bearers during polls.
He said though their party pledged to be the party of common man, the ground-level volunteers who were the backbone of the party was sidelined and ignored.
Recalling the party national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s successful rally at Rohtak in February, he said despite having a good start before the general elections, they could not make a mark owing to wrong decisions like distribution of tickets to wrong candidates, misplaced priorities and lethargic attitude of some of the state leadership and office-bearers.
Though he did not name any of the office-bearers, Jaihind said as of now their leader (Kejriwal) was in jail in connection with defamation case related with BJP leader Nitin Gadkari and as soon as he will come out key decisions like restructuring the party, where volunteers at grassroots level can be heard, can be taken in interest of the party.
On the strategy for the upcoming state assembly polls, Jaihind, for whom Kejriwal spared his WagonR car for polls, said their focus and priority is to bring change for good, no matter how they fare in the assembly polls.
Notably, Kumar Vishwas, another senior leader of the rookie party, who contested against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, while campaigning had claimed to project Jaihind as their chief ministerial candidate if he remains victorious in polls.