Wake-up call: Humiliating defeat in MCD polls forces Arvind Kejriwal to clip AAP wings

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Published: April 28, 2017 5:12:43 PM

With a major setback in the recent Delhi municipal polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) - for a change - is heading for a mid-term course correction.

With a major setback in the recent Delhi municipal polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) – for a change – is heading for a mid-term course correction. (IE)

With a major setback in the recent Delhi municipal polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) – for a change – is heading for a mid-term course correction. After the continuous debacle in electoral polls – Punjab and Goa Assembly polls, the Rajouri Garden bypolls and now in the MCD polls – the party is all set to change its focus, give up its all-India ambitions and restrict itself to its home turf in Delhi. The change started with Cabinet minister Gopal Rai, who was recently appointed as the head of organisation building up to the upcoming three poll-bound states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh who is stands appointed as the Delhi unit convenor. He was appointed late Thursday evening following a Political Affairs Committee (PAC) meeting at party supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence.

Rai is set to emerge as the key strategist and organisation building head of the party, if it had all gone well for the party in the Punjab assembly elections and the municipal polls. But still, he continues to be the party’s best bet after the four close aides of Kejriwal – Punjab organisation building head Durgesh Pathak, Punjab state in-charge Sanjay Singh, Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey and Delhi state in-charge Ashish Talwar – stepped down form the party on Thursday.

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This indicates that now that the party’s potential to play an all-India role is declining, its national ambitions and related expansion plans stand trashed. Now, teh entire focus is on Delhi and regardless of the methods that the party opted for in the MCD polls or in Punjab, Kejriwal is looking forward to restructuring the party’s organisation.

In the last four years, Kejriwal has, however, witnessed the highs of historic electoral wins to the lows of being humiliated by the same voters who blessed him with success twice – so much so, that his candidates have even lost their deposits in polls. And now taking MCD loss as a wake up call, the party is planning to switch its methodology. Recent reports suggest that CM Kejriwal is also likely to expand his Cabinet soon with the possible induction of a dalit face, after the Aam Aadmi Party’s poor show in the Delhi municipal polls.

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