The Aam Aadmi Party might seek a report from its MLAs, who were in charge of the MCD bypoll in their respective constituencies, to analyse why it could not win the expected number of seats.
These were the first elections for AAP after it swept to power in Delhi with an unprecedented majority last year.
The MLAs under whose constituencies the 13 municipal wards fell were given the responsibility of managing election preparedness.
Besides choosing the candidates, the legislators were given the freedom to run the campaign under the supervision of the party’s Delhi unit. The party will now assess what went wrong on seats that were considered ‘safe’ by the party leadership and yet they lost them.
“Ultimately, the legislators will have to take more responsibility as they are connected to people on the ground. They will have to play a major role in the MCD polls next year as they are expected to spread the message about the government’s good performance,” a party leader said.
The party could, however, go for wider consultations while deciding on party candidates next time.
While the party won five of the 13 municipal wards in the bypolls, what has worried the party leadership is the dip in voting percentage that has slipped to 29% as compared to about 55% in 2015 assembly polls.
“Such a steep drop in vote share is a bit worrying. The situation is now similar to what it was when we won the 2013 assembly elections. This shouldn’t have been the case since we have been in power for more than a year,” said a senior party leader on condition of anonymity.
Party insiders said party could also focus on strengthening the organizational structure. According to sources, the party might look at engaging more with the Delhi team and strengthening the hands of top leadership.
A more focused and inclusive manner of setting the agenda for the elections and selecting candidates is expected. Currently, Dilip Pandey is the state convener while Ashutosh is the state observer.