Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to party workers, demoralised after the AAP's recent loses in Punjab and Goa Assembly elections. The party was especially betting big on Punjab, which sent four AAP leaders to the Lok Sabha in the 2014 general election.
The party won 20 constituencies in Punjab, narrowly beating the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bhartiya Janata Party combine's 18 seats to emerge as the principal opposition in the state. In Goa, on the other hand, AAP failed to open its tally, losing in all the constituencies the party contested in.
Delhi chief minister Kejriwal's morale-boosting letter, sent to all APP volunteers, comes just ahead of Delhi municipal polls, scheduled for April 22.
TEN BIG TAKEAWAYS FROM THE LETTER
- "Ever since Punjab and Goa results were announced, supporters have been calling to ask what next for us and the party. To understand what next, we need to recall where we started and where we have reached today."
- "We have come a long way from the beginning of our movement six years ago. Millions of you took to the street in protest (against corruption)."
- "All we wanted was a corruption-free India and (a) strong anti-corruption law. They (political parties) mocked us and said fight and win the election to pass a Janlokpal bill."
- "Thousand of you gave your tann, mann and dhann (heart and soul) that carried us through (the) rocky ride from the 28/70 (seats) in 2013 (Delhi polls) to 67/70 (seats) in 2015 Delhi election."
- "Although we didn't get the expected results in Punjab, we are now the principal opposition party. Also having got 6 per cent vote share in Goa, we (are) just 1 state away from becoming a national party."
- "We will need to take time and fully understand the why and how of these results. Before thinking about what next, we need to understand that winning and losing will be part of our political adventure."
- "The 65-year-old BJP has only 18 per cent seats and ~20 per cent vote share in Karnataka. The 130-year-old Congress has 15 per cent seats and 18 per cent vote share in Maharashtra. They haven't given up and there is no reason for us to give up."
- "The question we should ask ourselves is whether the current political system is fine? Have rampant corruption and crony capitalism disappeared?"
- "Is there justice for all? Are common people getting what they deserve? If the answer is 'No' we have to continue and strengthen our political resolution."
- "You believed in us when we took our first baby step, had no experience in contesting election, and didn't know whether we could win even a single seat. Keep the faith, keep up the fight, Hum Honge Kaamyaab!"
Arvind Kejriwal wrote to AAP workers following the party's losses in Goa and Punjab