Ever since Arvind Kejriwal joined politics, he made has made more news for social media outbursts than his political achievements. On Saturday, the Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader were at it once again as people reminded him of a tweet that he posted on February 4 before the five state assembly elections. This year AAP decided to take its footsteps out of Delhi and targeted the vulnerable states of Goa and Punjab.
Goa and Punjab will create history today.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 4, 2017
In Goa, the battle was to dethrone Bharatiya Janata Party that was in power for some time thanks to the popularity of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. AAP and other political parties attacked BJP in the state for issues like underdevelopment and unemployment. On the other hand, Punjab was facing a major problem of drug addiction during the SAD-BJP government. On 4tFebruaryry posted a tweet saying, “Goa and Punjab will create history today.” Obviously, the Delhi CM was expecting his party to win both the assemblies.
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However, as it turned out it was nowhere close to challenging the leading parties in both the states. In Punjab, Congress finished with 77 seats and even though AAP was the second biggest party, it could manage only 20 seats. The margin itself reflects that it was a crushing loss for the party. Things were even worse in Goa where AAP was hardly visible as Congress won 17 seats while BJP’s 13 seats meant that state is now going for a hung assembly.
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However, all is not lost for AAP as it eventually ended up with more seats SAD-BJP alliance (18) in Punjab which is a major boost for the party that was making its debut in the state. “The AAP, which did not have much support here till a couple of months before the election, got a lot of support from the NRIs some weeks before the elections which made party leader quite upbeat. But dissidence over tickets distribution made the cadre weak here,” said AAP leader Major Singh.