1. Punjab Assembly Election Results 2017: 5 Reasons why Aam Aadmi Party lost to Congress

Punjab Assembly Election Results 2017: 5 Reasons why Aam Aadmi Party lost to Congress

While Congress was led by Congress was led by Captain Amarinder Singh and the SAD-BJP alliance banked on the tested leadership of Parkash Singh Badal, AAP didn't name any CM candidate.

By: | Updated: March 12, 2017 2:27 PM
Punjab election results 2017, Punjab poll results, Punjab, Amarinder singh, Punjab chief minister, Punjab assembly elections 2017, Congress, congress punjab, Punjab congress, punjab congress wins Aam Aadmi Party’s vote share (23%) was less than Shiromani Akali Dal (25%) despite winning more seats. (Source: PTI)

After much-hyped elections in Punjab that were fought on a serious issue of drug addiction, Congress defeated the Aam Aadmi Party by a huge margin of 57 seats. The 75-year-old Captain Amarinder Singh who got a major boost when Navjot Singh Sidhu joined the party, is set to be the Chief Minister for the second time in his political career. Unlike the other states, Punjab was a battle between AAP and Congress but Arvind Kejriwal’s party failed to give any competition to the latter party. A vote share of 24 percent also didn’t paint a very good picture for them. So where did the party lose? What mistakes did they make? Let’s have a look:

1. No CM Face

India has a history of voting for personalities than for parties. While Congress was led by Captain Amarinder Singh and the SAD-BJP alliance banked on the tested leadership of Parkash Singh Badal, AAP didn’t name any CM candidate leading to speculations that Arvind Kejriwal may take the post himself. This certainly didn’t work in party’s favour.

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2. Poor Candidate selection

Since the party was making its debut in the state, selecting the candidates was always going to be an important part but it failed miserably on that front. Most candidates didn’t have any connect with the people and by the time their names were announced, Congress was already in the lead.

3. Focusing on one area

One major lesson that AAP might have learnt is that you cannot win the elections by focusing on one particular region. Malwa with 69 seats at stake was AAP’s major target and it invested most of its resources there. However, it ended up getting only 18 seats from there.

4. Over Confidence

This isn’t the first time when Arvind Kejriwal’s over-confidence has cost the party. The Delhi CM needs to understand that in India people don’t watch the most artistically made movies but the ones with the commercial angle. His decision to remove Sucha Singh Chhotepur less than 9 months before the elections also went against the party.

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5. Failure to sweep away SAD

A lot of people expected a complete wipe out for Shiromani Akali Dal but despite winning just 15 seats, the party managed to have 25.5 percent vote share which was more than Aam Aadmi Party’s vote share and comedian-turned-MP Bhagwant Mann lost to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

This was Aam Aadmi Party’s opportunity to get into a strong position before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections but it has blown it away my making these mistakes. However, being the opposition party won’t be a bad bet for AAP either as it will have opportunities to attack Amarinder Singh and Congress on issues related to farmers and other marginalised sections of voters.

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    Shiva
    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:05 am
    1. No CM Face: naming the CM before elections is not a democratic process. There is no guarantee that the CM candidate will win. But other parties are name the CM candidate. AAP known for its democratic procedures has not rightly done so. But AAP could have made public that the CM will be elected by the winning candidates, even if there is a division.2. Poor Candidate selection: to some extent it is true. Being a first timer there are no known candidates. the present candidates should be fielded for 2019 elections also. Till then they should work with the people, 3. Focusing on one area: Yes 4. . Over Confidence: Yes.5. Failure to sweep away SAD: (a) It is very difficult to remove a Mafia who had worked hand in glove with local police and dynastic spread locally. (b) The addicted voters will not support the cause unfortunately. (c) When one fights two enemies (Congress and BJP together) One should foresee the possibility of both the enemies join hands tactfully to defeat a common enemy that is AAP. After all the objective of both the parties ie., Congress and BJP is to see that AAP do not get a national platform, They have decided to kill the common enemy in the bud, Still they could not succeed.
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      Bal
      Mar 15, 2017 at 1:49 am
      It would have been good for Punjab if AAM party won. People of punjab don't know what is good for them. Now, they can have more of the same with Congress - corruption, drugs, ignoring general public for their own interest. It's pretty hard to beat what the Akalis did to Punjab, but, Congress won't be much better. We saw them in this position before.
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