Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal reached out to party volunteers on Thursday, exhorting them to continue to “keep faith” in reasons behind the formation of the party.
In a letter to party volunteers, Kejriwal reminded them of the party’s political “success” in a short span of time.
The development comes close on the heels of assembly election results in Punjab and Goa, where AAP failed to keep up with its expectations, hitting the morale of the party cadre.
The results, especially in Punjab where the party was a frontrunner to form the government, have come as a discouragement for volunteers just ahead of the municipal elections in Delhi scheduled on April 22.
Sources said Kejriwal will also conduct a live interaction with party volunteers on Facebook on Saturday.
In his letter, Kejriwal drew parallels between AAP’s political journey with that of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress over the past several decades, to inspire the volunteers to move ahead from the Punjab debacle.
Addressing concerns about future of the party, Kejriwal reminded his volunteers about the “amazing first two years of unparalleled honest governance (in Delhi) despite innumerable hurdles from the Centre.”
Requesting volunteers to keep the faith in the party and its ideology, he reminded how thousands of volunteers believed in “them” at the beginning of the anti-graft movement and subsequent formation of the party when the people involved had no experience of contesting elections.
“Although we did not get expected results, we are now the principal opposition party in Punjab with 22 seats. Also, having got 6% vote share in Goa, we are just one step away from becoming a national party,” Kejriwal said.
“We will need time to fully comprehend the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of these results. However, before thinking about what next, we need to understand that winning and losing will be part of our political adventure. The 65-year-old BJP has only 18% seats and 20% vote share in Karnataka, and the 130-year-old Congress has only 15% seats and 18% vote share in Maharashtra. They haven’t given up and there is no reason for us to give up,” he said.