As fissures develop, AAP ponders 'introspection'

AAP Ponders

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party will work for structural improvement in the party and would work towards it. This was decided at the party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on late Thursday night. The PAC meeting was organised to "introspect" and analyse the AAP's defeat in the municipal polls, whose results were announced Wednesday.

The party "introspected" on what went wrong and where "we fell short". "We will work on all levels, including structural and booth level, and make necessary changes," Party's leader Sanjay Singh said. Singh added that the PAC also discussed the tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs). He said the party has legitimate concerns over EVMs and the Election Commission needs to address them.

He said when nearly 18 political parties of the country have raised doubts over EVMs, then why is the AAP singularly being made fun of. On the other hand, on Friday, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said the party was open to take a call on change in the leadership because blaming EVMs entirely for its poll defeats was wrong when "there is mistrust among people for us".

Speaking to a private news channel, Vishwas – considered close to Chief Minister and party founder Arvind Kejriwal – said the party needed to "introspect" over its defeat in the municipal polls and ponder over the reasons. "I am pained because it is our sixth continuous defeat. It is certain that people did not vote for us in the civic polls. There is mistrust for us among people," Vishwas was quoted as saying.

"Blaming EVMs is not good. It can be a factor, which can be raised and discussed, but we failed to reach out to the voters. The party should introspect the reasons for the loss." Asked if there could be a change in the leadership, Vishwas said: "We will discuss this in the party soon." On the appointment of GopalRai as the Delhi unit convener, Vishwas hinted that he was not happy with the decision taken in a meeting where he was not invited.

He said the PAC was told about it but the decision must have been taken in Kejriwal's meeting with legislators earlier in the day. "Gopal bhai is capable, but there were other candidates too," Vishwas said. He added the party needed to decide what it was fighting against – corruption, or parties, or individuals, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "We did not sit at Jantar Mantar to fight against the Congress, Modi, the BJP or EVMs," Vishwas said. Replying on Vishwas' comments, Sanjay Singh said it was "not right" to make fun of the party when it questions EVMs.

Singh also confirmed the announcement that the PAC approved the appointment of Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai as new convenor of the AAP's Delhi unit. Singh also took on the political opponents who had raised questions about party's progress and its future. He said one cannot write off the AAP as in the past four years, all that the party has achieved was not less.

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