AAP candidates forfeited deposit in all 29 seats the party contested in Karnataka, giving yet another jolt to its attempts to spread its wings outside Delhi and Punjab. Prithvi Reddy, AAP’s Karnataka convenor, who took on Congress heavyweight KJ George from the Sarvagnanagar Assembly constituency, could barely manage 1,861 votes coming a distant fourth.
“We were washed out but I cannot understand why. We got a lot of support but that could not be converted into votes,” said Reddy, who had resorted to door-to-door campaign, usually undertaken by the party citing lack of resources.
Of the 29 seats, the party had contested 18 in Bengaluru and 11 in the other parts of the state. In 2017, the AAP made attempts to spread itself outside Delhi, where it had scored a stunning victory in 2015 by bagging 67 out of 70 assembly seats. But barring Punjab, where it emerged as the main opposition party, its performance was disappointing. It drew a blank in Goa and later in Gujarat Assembly polls, where all its 29 candidates lost their deposits.
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