Manish Sisodia close friend and confidante of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal shares his thoughts with Mayank Aggarwal about the AAP's disappointing performance, especially inability to meet with expectations in Delhi. He does however state that despite the overwhelming Modi wave, the AAP has done reasonably well for a party that is barely a year and a half old.
What do you think about election results? Do you think Delhi results are disappointing?
Results till now are both disappointing and encouraging. They are disappointing in context of seats in Delhi but encouraging regarding seats in Punjab where we are winning 3-4 seats. We were fighting national elections for the first time and going to Punjab and winning seats is not a bad thing. But Delhi, Varanasi and Amethi are disappointing.
In Delhi, we have not got seats but our vote share has increased from 29% in Assembly elections in December 2013 to 34 % today. So it is not that people in Delhi are angry and left us following Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation otherwise our vote share would not have increased. But there is big difference in vote share of BJP and AAP. BJP’s vote share has risen steeply because people probably wanted a stable government at centre.
What do you think about overall performance of AAP?
We have performed well across the country considering we are one and a half year old party. People have showed support to us. We made other parties think before distributing ticket to corurpt people.
What went wrong for party?
We will sit together and assess reasons for our performance across the country.
What do you think about Modi wave?
A big propaganda ran across the country and that turned into vote.