AAP might have lost in Punjab and Goa but managed to expand base beyond Delhi, says national joint secretary Akshay Marathe

Marathe dubbed demonetisation as an economic disaster and said Modi succeeded in projecting himself as saviour of poor

With the election results not in Aam Aadmi Party’s favour, party’s national joint secretary Akshay Marathe said it is the beginning of a long fight and that it would take a long time to make the kind of impact his party wants to make in the country.

In an interview to inUth. com, Marathe said, “There is no such thing as a national ambition of a party which is born out of a movement to change the system.”

Admitting that party was not prepared for the kind of drubbing it has faced in Goa, he said that he is expecting to gain at least 6% of total vote share that will enable AAP become a state party.

He also said that given party’s performance in Punjab it is now clear that AAP is no more just an urban party.

Underlining the need to understand the caste dynamics of a region, he also said that AAP’s strategy is not to discriminate or polarise the electorate.

AAP is not averse to building these community alliances but it is against following the traditional kind of politics of pitting one cast against another.

Dubbing demonetisation as an economic disaster, Marathe said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi succeded in projecting himself as someone who stands for the poor adding that branding and PR of PM Modi played a key role in BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh.