Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which fared miserably in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls in Gujarat, feel that the inability of the party leaders to introduce it with the masses was primarily responsible for humiliating defeat of its candidates.
All its candidates, barring Dr Kanubhia Kalsaria from Bhavnagar, lost their poll deposits. AAP had fielded candidates from 20, out of 26, seats in the state.
At a review meeting of the party held here on Saturday, the party leaders felt that AAP being a new party, its leaders and workers did not have adequate time available with them for reaching up to the masses. Lack of financial resources with the party, leaders observed, also came in its way of popularising the new political outfit among the electorates.
Speaking to The Indian Express after the review meeting, party’s state convener Sukhdev Patel said that the voters were looking for a strong alternative against the “misgovernance” of the Congress and the people got attracted towards BJP as the latter was able to convince the people through its campaign and propaganda that it was the only party to provide an alternative to the Congress-led UPA ruling for a decade.
As for the AAP, he said, “The political propaganda and campaign requires finances and AAP badly lacked in it and this was another factor that came in the way of the party reaching up to the people and introducing itself with them as an alternative to the Congress.”
Patel said that he had called another meeting of the grassroots party workers on Sunday to gather their observations about why the party failed to perform in the LS polls. “We will revise out strategy and launch a campaign throughout the state to popularise the party and prepare for future polls,” he said.
He said that AAP leader did not feel discouraged from the poll results. “We have come to know our weaknesses and we will do our best to overcome them so as to improve our performance in future polls in the state,” he added.
BJP leaders Prabhat Jha, Shahnawaz Hussain and Krishnapal Gujar also addressed a number of rallies.