Panaji, Apr 29: Reacting to Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) poor performance in the recently conducted Goa Assembly elections and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, Oscar Rebello, AAP election manager in Goa said that AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal’s “Modi obsession” and the party’s criticism to demonetisation and surgical strike have been major reason’s for the loss of the party in the elections.
Considered as the face of AAP in Goa before the entry of Elvis Gomes, Rebello in an article published in a Goan daily said that instead of criticising demonetisation, the party should have “welcomed” it and “warned the BJP to ensure they follow the raids and follow-up exercises first with their own lot.” Rebello further added that the criticism of demonetisation changed the people’s perception towards the party and damaged its voter base. “Our mistake was to criticise these moves. Both these events if did not yield utopian results did give a real knock to Pakistan and certainly sent the black economy into mad panic,” his article read.
In his article titled ‘Oh Arvind, my Arvind’, Rebello further adds that the sacking of former party stalwarts like Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan was also a major reason for AAP’s poor performance and “their ugly public ejection horrified us and did far more damage to brand AK.” However, Rebello criticised a section of media for projecting Kejriwal as “desh-drohi” (anti-national) and said that the party volunteers were committed, combative and completely convinced with Kejriwal’s dream of better India.
Apart from Rebello, many other AAP leaders have recently spoken about the problems within the party that resulted in poor performance in the MCD elections. Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas in an interview on Friday said, “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. 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.”