After a disappointing show in the recently concluded MCD elections where Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) faced an embarrassing defeat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been forced to rethink his strategy. In the latest development, Aam Aadmi Party’s Political Affairs Committee (AAP) which was scheduled to take place on Sunday to discuss party’s strategy for the upcoming Gujarat elections was called off according to reports by Times Now and India Today. Arvind Kejriwal’s party suffered a massive loss as BJP won 182 out of 270 seats in the MCD elections.
The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) which is the highest decision-making body of the party was set to meet again at Kejriwal’s residence on Sunday morning to discuss the future course of action according to a report published by The Indian Express. In the last PAC meeting on Thursday, intense debate and discussions were held on the “validity” of the “tampered EVMs” argument put forward by the party since the Punjab poll defeat.
In the meeting it was decided that a course correction is needed by the party and as a first step, Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter on Saturday morning and reacted to his party’s defeat. He posted a long message on his Twitter handle saying that his party made mistakes but will introspect and course correct. “In the last 2 days, I spoke to many volunteers and voters. The reality is obvious. Yes, we made mistakes but will introspect and course correct. Time to go back to drawing board. To not evolve would be silly,” he wrote.
Kejriwal also emphasized that after the loss, party needs action and not excuses. “Need is action and not excuses. It’s time to get back to work. And even if we slip from time to time, the key is to find the reserves to hold and pull ourselves up. The people deserve nothing else. The only thing constant is change.” However, his apology was dismissed by Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari who told reporters, “Kejriwal has a record of making mistakes and seeking apology.”