oppn parties Will The New Lok Sabha Not Have A Single AAP MP?

News Snippets

  • MS Dhoni decides to take a two-month break, will skip West Indies tour but will not retire
  • Phagu Chauhan is the new Governor of Bihar while Ramesh Bais has been appointed as that of Tripura
  • Governors: Anandiben Patel shifted from Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh and Lalji Tandon from Bihar to Madhya Pradesh
  • Naga talks interlocutor RN Ravi appointed as Governor of Nagaland
  • Noted lawyer Jagdeep Dhankhar appointed as new Governor of West Bengal
  • 84 NDRF teams have been despatched to 23 states to tackle the flood situation
  • Three persons lynched in Bihar after being accused of cattle theft
  • Delhi police seize a consignment of 1500 kgs of heroin and busts a cartel of Afghanistan-Pakistan narcotics dealers with links to the Taliban
  • Supreme Court gives 9 more months to complete the Babri Masjid demolition case trial
  • Priyanka Gandhi not allowed to meet the families of the dead in the Sonabhadra firing, arrested
  • ICC inducts Sachin Tendulkar in [email protected]@@s Hall of Fame
  • Stock markets bleed for the second day. Sensex crashes 560 points
  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
Former Delhi CM and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit dies following a cardiac arrest. She was 81
oppn parties
Will The New Lok Sabha Not Have A Single AAP MP?

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) going to be totally ousted from the next Lok Sabha? Early trends point to this and that is the main reason why a megalomaniac like Arvind Kejriwal has suddenly become as accommodative as to keep after the Congress for an alliance in Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and Punjab. He has said that he is willing to forget the past and strike a deal with the Congress. It now comes to light that behind this uncharacteristic posture was the realization that the party is going to draw a blank in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

AAP had won 4 Lok Sabha seats in 2014, all of them from Punjab. But this time its Punjab unit is in shambles and it is unlikely to win even a single seat from there. In Delhi-NCR too, where it runs the government, the BJP is likely to get all seven seats. The party is also not likely to be successful in Chandigarh and Haryana. It does not have any influence in any other state. Kejriwal and AAP volunteers used to wear caps saying “mujhe chahiye azaadi” or “I want freedom”. Their wish will be granted. The people will free them from Lok Sabha duties on May 23.

The shrewd operator that he is, Kejriwal realized that it would be disastrous for the party not to have a single MP in Lok Sabha. He calculated that the best way to get at least a few seats would be to ally with the Congress. But he forgot that he had said some very disgusting things about the party and Rahul Gandhi in the past (which were reciprocated by the Congress) and that there was a great deal of hostility between Congress’ Delhi unit and AAP. The deal is yet to materialize and will not. In Punjab, the Congress is now the master of all it surveys and it does not need AAP to consolidate its position.

Actually, AAP has to bargain from a position of weakness and the Congress knows this. Hence, the party is unlikely to give it more than one seat each in Delhi and Haryana. That would not be acceptable to AAP. It seems the Congress is taking a devious delight in AAP’s predicament and rubbing it in totally and brutally. As both parties continue to indulge in playacting about an impending alliance, the world knows that they are not going to join hands.

On May 23, if the results show that AAP has indeed drawn a blank, Kejriwal’s follies would have driven the first nail into the coffin of a brave experiment that could have changed the political landscape of India. A party that wanted to be different could not be so just because of one man. He learned all the dirty tricks of all other parties very fast and forgot equally fast what he had set out to do. Kejriwal’s failure would be sad because it will prevent other good men from entering politics. But he has none other than himself to blame.