The party which took the 2015 assembly elections in Delhi by storm and surprisingly thrashed the two main national parties by securing more than 60 per cent votes in 11 constituencies of the national capital, is now so unbalanced its political existence is under question. The graph with which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) started off with a massive public support that it received in the wake of the anti-corruption crusade that was carried out by social activist Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal, which was later spun-off to create the AAP. Now, two years down the line, there has been a complete U-turn in the party’s fortunes. According to an Indian Express report, the loss is public support is massive in the MCD elections. Arvind Kejriwal-led party has lost in at least half the wards in nine of the constituencies that were once considered as its bastions. Apart from Sultanpur Majra and New Delhi constituencies, the results of this year MCD polls for AAP does not show a good picture at all.
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According to reports, in 2015, AAP had secured 62.4% votes in Tughlakabad, this year the party lost all three wards to the BJP. Similarly, in Burari (63.82%), AAP lost in five of the six wards. In Okhla (62.57%), it lost four of the five wards and in Ambedkar Nagar (68.39%), the party won just one ward of three. Not only that, some important AAP ministers also met the same fate. AAP won only one of four wards in Patparganj constituency – the constituency that is considered as Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s stronghold. Similarly, in Shakur Basti the BJP won all three wards where once Health Minister Satyendar Jain had received 48.67% votes in 2015.
What is believed that the voters did not vote on the basis of the last MCD elections, but the mandate was given on the basis of the 2015 elections at the assembly. According to reports, many people held the Delhi government and the MLAs responsible for civic issues such as sanitation, water pipelines, and maintenance of roads rather than the councillors. People complained about the poor drainage system and hygienic issues. People said that Manish Sisodia announced the installation of a proper sewage system before the assembly polls but until now, there has been no movement on the promise. And as the drain overflows every time it rains, the area becomes uninhabitable. People said roads, sewage lines, water pipelines all continue to remain in a dismal state.
With a number of leaders resigning from the party in the wake of the MCD elections, including senior leader Sanjay Singh today, the chances of the party effecting some kind of a fightback against the bigger parties are receding fast.