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Had there been a dent then our vote share would have decreased: AAP leader Gopal Rai

Friday, 16 May 2014 - 3:44pm IST | Agency: dna

In the light of an election where the BJP has an outright majority, AAP leader Gopal Rai talks about why AAP was unable to garner enough votes in Delhi and how they aim to be a  responsible opposition in parliament.

AAP is getting 0 seats in Delhi - What happened?

Congress’s vote base has shifted to BJP … Vote percentage of BJP increased and Congress has gone down. But AAP’s vote share in Delhi has increased but we are not getting seat because BJP’s vote percentage increased much more.

How do you see voting pattern across India?

Maharashtra and Mumbai has separate different trends … Bangalore, Mumbai, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi too have different patterns. We are disappointed in Haryana as we expected that we will get 15-20 percent vote.

Do you think AAP government’s resignation in Delhi made a dent?

Had there been a dent then our vote share would have decreased. People are angry with Congress and in Lok Sabha elections in Delhi vote share of AAP has increased then it’s a positive sign. In states like Bihar where JDU government was in power, its tally has gone down. There was mindset among people to make stable government and that is how things swung towards Modi. I feel had there been AAP government in Delhi it would have made some difference only …

What next for AAP?

We will play the role of a responsible opposition for an alternate politics as Modi’s politics is not alternate but similar to Manmohan Singh and we will raise issues in Parliament also. 

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