Out of 39 AAP candidates in Goa, 38 lost their deposits, but strange silence in all media!

With the hope of recreating the Delhi election results, AamAadmi Party (AAP) and Arvind Kejriwal’s dreams were shattered in Punjab as Congress won the elections.The party had a shameful performance in Goa, where they could not even get one seat.One women candidate who retained deposit is not because of AAP.She is popular in the area.Even CM nominee also lost deposit.

After its stunning victory in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, the party decided it was time to expand beyond the National Capital Region. A strong performance in Delhi may have grabbed eyeballs, but real power could be achieved only by wresting larger states from the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

If in 2012, the BJP projected itself as the party with a difference, the Aam Aadmi Party has now appropriated that pitch with its slogan of “Goa wants Change, Change Means AAP”, and its critique of both the Congress and BJP

The exit polls have predicted a close competition between the BJP and Congress with the poll of polls claiming BJP to emerge as the single largest party in the state with the party winning 17 seats whereas Congress is projected to win 13 seats in Goa Assembly.

Parties India TV-C Voter India News- MRC India Today-Axis Poll of Polls
BJP 15-21 15 18-22 17
Congress 12-18 10 9-13 13
AAP 0-4 7 0-2 4
Others 2-8 8 4-9 6


However, in 2013, the exit polls had projected a similar result in Delhi with the survey predicting BJP to form the government in the state followed by Congress to remain at the second spot and Arvind Kejriwal‘s AAP was predicted to win in single digits in the election. However, the assembly election results presented a totally different figure and AAP won 28 seats out of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly election and with the help of Congress, the party formed a government in the capital.

Confident of the victory in the state, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal has previously stated that the poll results of March 11 will be a ‘huge surprise’ for the ‘so-called political pundits’.

“People want in Goa what we have done in Delhi,” Kejriwal told in campaign.

Also said,

“Something extraordinary is happening in Goa. I can sense that”.

Kejriwal and AAP, seems to be living in their own delusional world, believing the media panellists, internal surveys and social media hash tags about their own greatness.

Some Media, act like natural guardians of AAP,encouraging AAP wave and predicting the AAP future in GOA and Punjab were utter silent when election result revealed. Especially the same media were targeting Modi move ondemonetisation and trying to move the people from Modi Wave maintained strange silence after result. Probably even they (media) failed to recognise AAP’s fooling strategy.

AAP tried to create an impression, aided by some media outlets, that the party was all set to challenge BJP in the coastal state.

The worst part was Kejriwal’s response, who instead of introspecting, looked to shift the blame to EVM tampering, even wondering why those who ‘tampered’ EVMs didn’t do so in Bihar and Delhi! The party that had once promised to change Indian politics has started to look like a caricature.

The party needs to take one state at a time, and its developmental work in Delhi can help it increase footprints in other states. An obstructionist policy essentially banking on sensationalism and high media coverage has its limitation and may have limited returns in the long run. People may vote for a rebel once but, at the end of the day, they want an able ruler with a tight leash.

According to social media tweet says, “People of Goa belongs to Goa only that is why they have capacity to choose the correct one but all the people of Delhi are actually not from Delhi that is why they sometimes choose wrong , hope they will not do this mistake in MCD polls”.

You can say whatever you want in plush television studios, or in your1000-word columns, but voters will tell you exactly what they think when election season comes along.

The Assembly Elections 2017 was again a humbling experience for many in the media and intellectual circles when many of their hypotheses, made owing to anecdotal evidences aided by their own biases, were proved wrong by the humble voter.For Kejriwal and AAP, March 11 will remain a bitter lesson.

Anusha Shetty