For a change, Sunday evening, Arvind Kejriwal, current CM of Delhi and AAP convener, declared “war” on mosquito-borne diseases instead of political rivals.
Initially AAP had gone on to blame BJP-led municipal corporations for the deaths in the Capital due to dengue and chikungunya, unlike this time. Post-surgery, Delhi CM has come back to make an appeal to other political parties to join hands and the fight the diseases together, “which have spread to every other family in Delhi”.
Outside of Delhi, AAP has gran plans to expand its political footprint. By the end of 2017, in the hopes of winning to more states so they can make serious bid for the Lok Sabha elections to take place in 2019. Their focus is primarily in trying to win Punjab and Goa and to be seen as a serious alternative to the already ruling BJP in Gujarat.
At present, Delhi is all that the party has and can showcase to the voters belonging to others states. Experts have predicted that the impression AAP has taken so long to form, could be crippled if AAP spends more time blaming the Centre government of Delhi as it could really hurt the party’s prospect in other states. Course-corrections seem to be necessary.
On Monday, a survey done by the Pew Research Center on Indians’ preferences showed how Kejriwal’s rating have taken a hit and gone down from 60% to 50% within the last year.
“AAP has been effective in areas like education and working for the poor but it needs to take ownership of the historic mandate it got in Delhi,” says Pradip Datta, professor of political science at Delhi University. “The discourse of AAP being a victim of the hostile Centre is a trap that it has to avoid if it wants to challenge the BJP in the future.”
AAP has repeatedly told the public that they have been hard at work bringing about growth and development in Delhi in despite of Narendra Modi and his government getting in the way, creating obstacles each step of the way.
“The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) hasn’t done its job but Kejriwal’s message is clear: If Delhi is suffering, AAP cannot sit idle,” said communications in-charge Dilip Pandey.
According to Professor Datta, during the elections in February 2015 in 70-member assembly, Delhi voters elected a record 67 AAP MLAs. The victory was a rare cross-class alliance in which the rich, middle-class and poor voters supported AAP. He also claims that this may not happen again and despite trying to build a core vote base among the poor, AAP cannot forget the remaining potential voters, they cannot afford to antagonize others if they are looking for a future in politics outside of Delhi.