Arvind Kejriwal, who had defeated the Modi wave a couple of years back in Delhi, needs to seriously introspect on why Delhi voters have drifted from AAP. With his “anti-politics” rhetoric to taking on PM Narendra Modi head-on, Kejriwal had managed to garner support in public discourse. But after losses in Goa, Punjab and now in Delhi, the danger dagger is looming large over AAP’s head.
The Delhi MCD elections result 2017 is clearly a writing on the wall for Aam Aadmi Party and CM Kejriwal. AAP’s extra push to get total control of the local governance of Delhi seems to have been held back by people of the city, even as BJP has been facing anti-incumbency sentiments for a long time.
Despite BJP’s alleged misrule in Delhi, Modi has provided a lifeline to the party, giving Kejriwal a lot of reasons to think about why his governance is not enough to win voters. Is it true, that Kejriwal’s repeated allegations about the Central government not letting the state government work, is no more going well with people? Before AAP runs out of options and eventually Indian politics, here are some lessons the party and its chief should remind themselves of.
1. Arvind Kejriwal should stop playing the victim card every time. The MCD election results show that the exit polls were close to predicting BJP’s thumping win in Delhi. Meanwhile, Kejriwal had already claimed that he will launch a ‘movement’ if the exit poll results turn out to be true. He had reportedly said that if BJP wins, it would be an indicator that the votes were manipulated. Whatever the results are, such statements by a Chief Minister and party leader show that the Aam Aadmi Party, despite repeated losses, has not learnt how to deal with poor election results.
2. AAP and Kejriwal should know that good work pays. AAP was never ahead in the MCD elections, nor did it have any upper hand. BJP has been in control in all the municipal corporations of Delhi for the last 10 years. Additionally, AAP recently lost in Uttar Pradesh to BJP and in Punjab to Congress. AAP was already sitting in the backseat in the run-up to the elections. The only reason people thought AAP had a chance is because it is in power in Delhi. But people in Delhi have clearly dismissed Kejriwal’s brand of politics and believe that BJP can do better work than AAP.
3. It is high time that Arvind Kejriwal and AAP go back to what made them so refreshing initially- connect with people. The party had grown from a public movement and came to power in the national capital. While AAP was able to make optimum use of sentiments against the incumbent Congress party, it also defeated the rising Modi wave and BJP’s rampage.
4. AAP should remember that it is a unique party whose politics was built up not on myopic vote bank nor on identity. But, while these are good qualities to have, it has also backfired on them. This is mainly because Modi and Kejriwal come from totally different schools of politics. It does not help the Delhi CM if he takes on the Prime Minister head-on every time. It cannot be ‘Brand Modi vs Brand Kejriwal’ in every election. AAP should have concentrated on planning and execution of good work and that would have been the only way to even pose a threat to a decade-old regime of BJP in Delhi MCD.
5. While it is important that questions are raised in a democracy, but AAP should realise that it cannot always bank on blame games. Accusing opposition of EVM tampering in itself is hazardous for a democracy. Kejriwal has been continuously trying to hide the fact that it is losing connection with the people by using some form of allegations. If the AAP government cannot prove EVM tampering, it would be better not to lose credibility and instead rest its faith in the Election Commission and concentrate on the next polls.