The Aam Aadmi Party did not win any seats in the Gujarat Assembly elections. The party contested from 29 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party won 99 seats in the state Assembly on Monday, and the Congress 77. Almost all AAP candidates lost their deposits, India Today reported.
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj asked why slips of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails were not being counted, IANS reported. He alleged that the BJP was “hiding something” by not counting the slips. “BJP has given no reason for not counting VVPAT slips. They are hiding something and they will be exposed soon,” he said.
The NOTA, or None Of The Above, option got 5.5. lakh votes in Gujarat – five times the votes AAP got. AAP got a total of 29,517 votes, while voters opted for NOTA 75,880 times in the 29 seats the party contested from.
The party’s state spokesperson Harshil Nayak told IANS that their poor show was because they decided very late to stand in the elections, and due to the absence of central AAP leadership while campaigning. “There was confusion over whether to contest the election or not,” he said.
The party had also lost the civic polls in Punjab on Sunday, which were swept by the Congress. AAP’s Punjab president Bhagwant Mann alleged that the party had stood in the civic polls despite getting threats from the Congress. He also accused the party of rigging votes in some towns. “It is shameful that Congress cadres resorted to violence and rigging in CM’s home town Patiala,” Mann said.