New Delhi: Congress Delhi in-charge PC Chacko on Wednesday remarked that the party’s downfall started in 2013 with the late Sheila Dikshit as Chief Minister, adding that the emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), had taken away the party’s vote bank.

Chacko’s remark came a day after votes were counted for the 2020 Delhi Assembly Election, with the Congress failing to win even a single seat for the second straight Assembly polls in the national capital.

Speaking to news agency ANI, the Congress leader said, “The downfall of the Congress party started in 2013 when Sheila ji was the Chief Minister. The emergence of a new party AAP took away the entire Congress vote bank.”

“We could never get it back. It still remains with the AAP,” he added.

The Congress’ second consecutive no-show in the Delhi Assembly polls has triggered criticism from within the party itself, with several leaders asking for an introspection. Subhash Chopra, the party’s Delhi unit chief, has already resigned from his post.

Besides failing to even open its account, the party also witnessed a fall in its vote share, going from 9.27% in 2015 to 4.27% in 2020. To make matters worse, 63 out of 66 candidates fielded by the party failed to even save their deposits.

Under Sheila Dikshit, on the other hand, the party won three consecutive elections, from 1998 to 2008, thus forming government in Delhi for 15 straight years.