In conversation with Yogendra Yadav a prominent political mind from Aam Aadmi Party, he reveals how he isn't worried about AAP's future and how he believes that alternative politics always take time.
What is your view on election results?
There are three negative and three positive things for us. Firstly, we will get 0 seats in Delhi is not something we had not imagined even though our vote share has gone up, the margin in Amethi and Varanasi is also over one lakh … but three big things happened for us. In our first national election, our party has registered presence in every corner of the country. Secondly, trends till now indicate that we will get 1.5 – two crore votes in country.
Thirdly after Delhi we got any another breakthrough – in Punjab. AAP‘s five year plan was this only that we get breakthrough in 8-10 states in next five years. Delhi was first and now Punjab is second. We can now think about moving forward.
Fight for alternative politics is a long one – first election is for losing, second to defeat others and third for winning.
What about national performance of AAP?
We had no feeling that Delhi assembly kind of results will be repeated elsewhere in India. I feel it is a long fight which is difficult and we are ready for it.
What are the reasons for defeat? What next for AAP?
Today’s results are an indicator of what people of country wanted. Results visible today do not show some actions here and there would have changed much for us. All said it is a good start for AAP.
What do you think about BJP’s performance?
It is on BJP that who they want to credit. People were so angry with Congress that they were ready to vote for anyone. People trusted leadership of Narendra Modi. I will congratulate Narendra Modiji.