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AAP's national ambitions take a backseat; to 'regroup' in Delhi

AAP is focussing on regrouping in Delhi post a poor performance in MCD elections

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Arvind Kejriwal

The year 2017 was to be a crucial one for the It had pinned its hopes on a win in but with its poor performance in the state, the party has now decided not to contest and Himachal Pradesh.

A senior leader, who did not wish to be quoted, said the party was focusing on "regrouping" in Delhi, its home turf.

The leader cited "lack of adequate organisational strength" in the state.

The party was currently convincing a section of state leaders about the move, who were in favour of contesting the polls, before making the decision official.

In June, the state leaders had appraised the leadership of the organisational strength, but there was an ambivalence on contesting the polls.

The Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the AAP's top decision-making body, would soon take a call, making an official decision on this.

The party has also decided not to contest polls in Himachal Pradesh.

Incidentally, the was to contest 2012 polls in the hill state, but later decided to make its political debut from a year later.

was also the state where the and its chief Arvind Kejriwal had invested a lot of political capital keeping in mind the 2017 assembly polls scheduled by the end of the year.

From picking on contentious issues for a new entrant in the state --- the simmering discontent within the Patidar community, the agrarian crisis and the "atrocities" on Dalits and making frequent trips to the state --- the script now seems to have gone haywire.

By mid-2016, the had chalked out its plan to go in a big way. A win in was paramount to give its ambitions a fillip. However, the party realised that it was lacking traction in the coastal state.

Banking on ten-years of anti-incumbency, the "misrule" of the Badals and factionalism in the Congress, the party pulled out all stops to ensure a victory in the state.

However, the results were unexpected for the party. To make things worse, the polls and a massive win of the BJP in had a cascading effect on the polls in

The won 20 seats in and could not open an account in Goa.

It was handed over a humiliating defeat in an assembly by-poll and crucial MCD elections, with its bastion coming under threat.

Since then, several major changes have taken place within the party with getting a new convener in form of Labour Minister Gopal Rai.

First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 20:12 IST