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AAP -Will present haunt the future?

The AAP, which emerged as a major political force in Delhi's politics, will have a tough time ahead after facing a humiliating defeat in the city's municipal polls and it will now be a challenge for the party to keep its legislators united. All the party workers are feeling low at this moment and even social media is mocking them of lacking any issues to raise other than EVMs. Many of their leaders are trying to find a better future for them and even the other parties are looking at this opportunity to poach upon them. Now the question is 'Will the present have a long time bearing on future of party?

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had come riding on the anti-corruption plank and swept the Delhi assembly polls in 2015 by winning 67 of the 70 seats, received a drubbing in the civic polls, making it clear that the party's popularity has dipped over the years. That AAP's popularity has slipped was clear right after the latest round of the assembly polls, when it failed to perform in Punjab up to its expectations and drew a blank in Goa. It also finished third, behind the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, in by-election to the Rajouri Garden assembly seat in Delhi earlier this month.

A win in the municipal polls would have been a big morale booster for the AAP, which has national ambitions, and would also have helped the party affirm its claim that people of Delhi were happy with its government's performance in two years in various areas, including heath, education, water and electricity, feel experts. The poor performance of the AAP would not only lower the morale of the party workers but also shatter its ambitions to contest assembly elections in Gujarat later this year. A day after the poor show in Delhi's municipal elections, AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal warned his newly elected councillors against defecting from the party and made them swear in the name of god that they wouldn't betray the "movement". In an address to the corporators on Thursday, a video of which was later released, Kejriwal asked them to repeat after him an "informal" pledge: "As god is my witness, I swear I will never betray my pure party and this movement."

Amidst speculations of churning in Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its state convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich (Ghuggi) underlined the need for the outfit's high command not to lose contact with its local volunteers and leadership at this juncture. It was a must to keep the flock together, he said. "Since the party is low spirits, there are all sorts of rumours doing the rounds. There are also unconfirmed reports of a dozen MLAs being brought together to explore the possibility of launching a new outfit," said an AAP leader requesting anonymity. Sources said heads could also roll in the state leadership in the days to come, besides some symbolic chances such as new nomenclature of party positions in Punjab.

It is time for introspection and need to go back to drawing board to draw the future for AAP?


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