Zero in Himachal Pradesh and one digit in Gujarat — these AAP numbers don’t really match the claims it makes. But they work within the larger scheme of Arvind Kejriwal’s party because the turnout was enough to give it ‘national party’ status. Celebrations took place at the party’s offices, notably at its headquarters in Delhi, where the pennant was ready following the victory in the Delhi civic poll on Thursday. Private.
Mr. Kejriwal said in a video message: “The people of Gujarat have given us a national status that only a few parties have… It’s an incredible achievement for a small and fledgling party. .”
Party leader Sanjay Singh has moved on to the next step. “Now will be Narendra Modi vs Arvind Kejriwal in 2024 (Lok Sabha polls),” he said, “It is a miracle to be recognized as a national party after only 10 years,” he added, “AAP is the fastest growing political party best in India.”
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 8, 2022
Party status update, explanation
In Gujarat, the percentage of AAP votes continuously fluctuated above 10%. It will be the fourth state with more than 6% – meeting a key criterion for recognition as a national party. It just needs to win two seats now and that would secure a major milestone for a party that last month celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The party has governments in Delhi and Punjab and thus has the status of ‘state party’. It also got there in Goa earlier this year after winning two seats and 6.77% of the vote. With Gujarat, it will join an existing list of seven nationalist parties, of which the BJP and Congress are the largest.
The AAP outlined a simple agenda for itself after a resounding victory in Punjab: Replace Congress and defeat the BJP.
As such, ‘status’ also emerged in the wake of city polls in Delhi marking the first time AAP has beaten BJP in a head-to-head competition of any level.
Arvind Kejriwal’s deputy, Manish Sisodia, also pointed to his party’s new ‘status’, writing on Twitter: “For the first time, education and health issues are making their mark in national politics.”
AAP performance today
The AAP has announced the formation of a government in Gujarat, but its goals are more pragmatic and appear to have been achieved. Arvind Kejriwal has said that the party will be happy if it gets 15-20% of the vote in Gujarat.
In Himachal, the party received just 1% of the vote in a head-to-head battle between the ruling BJP and a confident Congress. It has almost abandoned its campaign in the hilly state – after initial excitement when it won in neighboring Punjab – and chose to focus on the civilian polls in Delhi, where it won and Gujarat.