In the recently held Gujarat’s state assembly election, Bharatiya Janata Party won 99 seats, and the Congress pocketed 77 seats. Cleary BJP is the pack of the leader from all of the contested parties. Even after taking the crown of party president, Rahul Gandhi wasn’t able to muster enough votes for the debacle of the saffron party.
But the biggest party pooper was the Arvind Kejriwal led party, which wasn’t even able to open their account and thus lead to lose all deposits of their party candidates. The AAP party failed in all the constituencies from wherever they fought.
The total votes of AAP counted 29,517, whereas voters opted for NOTA 75,880 times in the 29 seats, from where the AAP party contested. The NOTA figures almost double the vote count from what the AAP received.
The NOTA option went for 5.5. Lakh votes in Gujarat – five times more than the votes AAP was able to collect. The NOTA or None of the above is an option in every EVM machine, by which the voter can reject all of the candidates electing from their respective constituency.
The Gujarat voters placed NOTA above then the AAP party and thus NOTA got the third largest votes in the state, following the BJP and Congress party.
The AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj tried to put the blame on BJP by questioning about the counting of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails slips.
Even the party’s Gujrat spokesperson Harshil Nayak attempted to curtain their poor show by making an excuse for late stand on elections by the core party.
The steepest fall of votes for the AAP party was recorded in Ankleshwar constituency. Here, people picked NOTA and outnumbered AAP by more than 10 times of it.
The social media was abuzz with mocking ‘idealist’ AAP going bust in Gujarat. However, serious commentators saw AAP’s strategy to contest elections as a way to make money through ticket selling and wheeling dealing (such charges were aplenty in Punjab assembly elections too and even AAP volunteers had labelled such charges on AAP leaders).
This is NOT fair.
The whole media is focusing on BJP and Congress in Gujarat . Why no coverage for our AAP and its #ChandaChor Mukhiya? सब बिके हुए हैं, जी! ????
— Dr. Munish Raizada (@DrMunishRaizada) December 18, 2017
Kapil Mishra was direct in leveling charges:
गंदा है पर धंधा है..
फोकस टिकट और चंदा है https://t.co/ex2AzFeosV
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) December 19, 2017
This tweet by Ravi Bhadoria questioned the integrity of AAP:
— Ravi Bhadoria (@ravibhadoria) December 19, 2017
While Buland Awaaz said that: NOTA was a better option than “KHOTA”.
NOTA was better option than these “Khotas” https://t.co/8NLPcBWRii
— बुलंद आवाज़ (@buland_awaaz) December 19, 2017
Jai Nath Misra- a London based AAP supporter and now turned rebel and chief patron of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha stated: अरे, चँदाचोर AK तो नोट(रुपया) गिन रहा है वोट नहीं. (ChandaChor Kejriwal is counting notes (money), not votes!
A couple of days before Gujarat faisco, AAP got a beating in Punjab’s local elections too. Here is a snapshot of AAP’s disastrous performance:
पंजाब के कुल 638 वार्ड चुनावों में आम आदमी पार्टी सिर्फ 1 वार्ड में जीत पाई। कांग्रेस को बेशक सत्ताधारी होने का फ़ायदा मिला, नंबर दो पर निर्दलियों का आना और नंबर तीन पर अकालियों का ये बताने को काफी है कि आम आदमी पार्टी मुख्य विपक्षी दल होने के बावजूद साफ हो गई। #PunjabCivicPolls
— Kumar Kunal (@KumarKunalmedia) December 17, 2017