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AAP divided on Delhi polls

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 6:45am IST | Agency: dna

Members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are engaged in a series of meetings to analyse the results of the 2014 general election and decide on the party's future course.

AAP won four of the more than 400 seats that it contested in the elections. It was unable to secure a single seat in Delhi and had a below par performance in the other states.
After several informal meetings with their leaders and MLAs in Delhi, AAP's top leadership held a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee (PAC) on Monday evening to threadbare discuss the election results and the way forward. The party's PAC's members include Arvind Kejriwal, Gopal Rai, Kumar Vishwas, Manish Sisodia, Pankaj Gupta, Prashant Bhushan, Sanjay Singh and Yogendra Yadav.

There are differences among many leaders and the party is often a divided house. While a section of leaders (many of whom are first time MLAs) believe that AAP should stake claim to form a government in Delhi and see if anyone (read Congress) supports them, another section strongly feels that taking the Congress support would spell a death knell for the infant party considering Congress has been all but decimated in the elections. As such, this group feels, AAP should wait for fresh elections in the national capital.

On Sunday, AAP had officially denied that it was exploring the option of forming government in Delhi. "No question of forming government in Delhi. AAP has always sought re-election since resignation," the party had said.

The first group of MLAs feel that there is intense fatigue among Delhi residents regarding elections and so it is better to offer governance rather than seek re-election. The party is also fearful of not being able to secure enough seats after BJP's spectacular show in Delhi, where it won all seven Parliamentary seats.

"During informal discussion, an idea that AAP should stake claim to form government was given. But there has been no decision on it. The idea is only because people of Delhi should not be burdened with another election," said AAP MLA from Rohini Rajesh Garg.

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