AAP draws a naught in Goa

AAP draws a naught in Goa

"We accept people's mandate".

The NDTV poll of polls forecast 55 seats for the Congress in Punjab, closely followed by the AAP with 54 seats.

In Punjab, AAP leaders had convinced themselves that it could not possibly secure fewer than 90 seats in the 117-member house. The exit polls were proven wrong - the common man's party was lagging far behind in Punjab.

But it would be a tough election to win for AAP, given that its highpitched campaign against "notebandi" and the "Akali-Congress ruling elite" failed to bring it to power in Punjab and make a mark in Goa.

Satish Jain AAP's coordinator for Mumbai Metropolitan Region said, "Party workers will distribute candies".

Ironically, while it was expected that in the triangular fight AAP's presence would damage the Congress more, AAP appears to have ended up damaging SAD more. "The struggle would continue", he tweeted. "We are disappointed with the results".

Admitting that party was not prepared for the kind of drubbing it has faced in Goa, he said that he is expecting to gain at least 6% of total vote share that will enable AAP become a state party. "We will introspect on the reasons behind the (poor) performance", senior AAP leader Ashutosh said.

AAP was the first political party to blow its electoral bugle way back in May 2016, with a well-attended rally addressed by Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who claimed that the party would win 35 Assembly seats. They put up a decent show contrary to the expectations.

Party workers had gathered outside Kejriwal's residence, but as the trends indicated that party was not winning any of the two states, the crowd started ebbing.

Party spokesperson Kumar Vishwas said AAP will contest the Assembly elections in Gujarat later this year and the defeat was a collective defeat of the party, despite Kejriwal being the face of the party.

However, India TV-C Voter projected 59-67 seats for debutante AAP and 41-49 for the Congress. India News-MRC and News 24-Chanakya forecast a dead heat by giving 55 and 54 seats each to both parties.