- CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced to contest UP Assembly elections in the year 2022
- Earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party had contested elections in Haryana, Goa, Gujarat and Punjab.
- The party got 20 seats in Punjab, in the remaining states, not a single candidate could win the election.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced to contest the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. He said that the Aam Aadmi Party will participate in the assembly elections to be held in 2022. Earlier, the party has announced to field its candidates in all 70 seats in Uttarakhand. However, this is not the first time the Aam Aadmi Party is trying to spread its footing outside Delhi.
The Aam Aadmi Party has been emboldened since forming the government for three consecutive terms in Delhi. The party dethroned national parties like BJP and Congress here, but the number of times it has tried to contest elections outside Delhi, it has to face it. Arvind Kejriwal moved his party out of Delhi only after forming the government for the first time in Delhi.
Kejriwal fought against Modi
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Aam Aadmi Party fielded its candidates across the country. Arvind Kejriwal had himself beaten up against Narendra Modi from Varanasi. He received more than two lakh votes here and his performance was considered relatively correct even after getting so many votes in Modi wave. The AAP had won only four seats in Punjab in this election. While all the veteran leaders of the party including Kumar Vishwas, Yogendra Yadav had lost the election badly. After disappointing performance in these elections, the party decided to focus only on Delhi.
Disappointment found in Punjab
Keeping the focus on Delhi, the party contested the assembly elections for the second time in the state. The results of this election shocked everyone. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, surrounded by allegations of vandalism and elopement, won 67 out of 70 assembly seats in Delhi. After the overwhelming victory in this election, the party got emboldened and then AAP decided to beat the Punjab Assembly elections in the year 2017. Amid vigorous campaigning, the AAP claimed an absolute majority in Punjab.
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Survey was also claiming big win
Several surveys were meanwhile stamping the party’s lead in the state, but when the results came, the party felt very disappointed. The Aam Aadmi Party got only 20 seats here. The vote share of the Aam Aadmi Party was 23.7 percent in Punjab. However, AAP emerged as the second party in the state. The Shiromani Akali Dal won fewer seats than the Aam Aadmi Party. Political experts point out that Arvind Kejriwal could not assure the people that he would leave Delhi and move to Punjab if he won the election. This became the reason for the bad defeat of the Aam Aadmi Party.
There is not a single seat in Goa
In the western state of Goa, the Aam Aadmi Party had tried its luck. Here two party leaders Ashutosh and Kumar Vishwas were constantly campaigning. Despite the two leaders camping in the state, the party suffered a setback with the assembly election results. The party could not win a single seat in Goa. Many ministers of Delhi government including Arvind Kejriwal worked hard here. Many surveys had projected the AAP to get around 7 seats in the state but not a single party candidate could reach the 40-member Goa assembly.
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Defeat in Haryana
In the assembly elections held in Haryana last year, the Aam Aadmi Party had defeated the electoral table. Haryana is the home of CM Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi but his influence is negligible here. In the 2019 assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party fielded candidates in 46 of the 90 assembly seats in Haryana, but not a single candidate of the party was able to win. Most of the party’s candidates lost their deposits.
Despite fighting in more than 50 per cent of seats in Haryana, the Aam Aadmi Party’s top leadership stayed away from the election. Arvind Kejriwal did not come to Haryana for campaigning even once. Earlier in the Lok Sabha elections too, the party contested some seats in Haryana along with JJP. Not a single party candidate could win the election.
Light gul in Gujarat
The Aam Aadmi Party had prepared vigorously for the Gujarat assembly elections in the year 2017, but when it came time for the election, it fielded candidates for only 20 seats. Not only did the party not get a single seat from here, but many candidates lost their deposits. AAP candidates received less than 400 votes in many seats. Very few candidates crossed the 1000 vote mark.