With early leads indicating AAP rout in MCD election results, the party’s brass went in a huddle at the residence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in Civil Line on Wednesday. Chief minister Manish Sisodia and labour minister Gopal Rai reportedly discussed the future course of action with party convener Arvind Kejriwal.
Gopal Rai, later addressed the media, and reasserted the party line of EVMs being susceptible to tampering. “There’s no Modi or BJP wave, there is an EVM wave,” Rai said on the party’s imminent loss in MCD elections.
If the trends hold, the party’s poor performance in the civic polls will come as a blow for Kejriwal, who has been positioning himself as a challenger to Narendra Modi by openly taking on the PM on several occasions. Following this projected poll debacle, the party will now have to face uncomfortable questions about leadership and drastic loss of foothold in the Capital.
Apart from a reversal of fortunes for Kejriwal, whose party holds 66 out of 70 seats in the Delhi assembly, the results will also suggest that the Modi wave continues to sway voters as it was said to have done in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in February.
In the face of defeat, the AAP is expected to come up with a road map to recover lost ground in its home turf. The party, which had been hoping to expand footprint across the country, had also suffered setback in the assembly polls this year. While AAP had expressed confidence that it will form governments in Punjab and Goa, it landed a distant third in the former and could not open account in the latter.