AAP gets severe drubbing in its 'back office' of Karnataka
The Aam Aadmi Party that met with pan-India debacle in Lok Sabha polls, save a few seats in Punjab, had its most disappointing outcome from Karnataka.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led party had its back office in Bangalore, where most of the IT based poll strategies were drawn.
The party ambitiously contested in all the 28 seats in the state. But all its candidates lost their deposits with its vote share being less than the NOTA votes polled.
AAP could do little as its prominent candidates, like former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan, social activist and academician Nina Naik and seasoned politician B T Lalitha Naik, all lost badly.
Amidst the 'Modi wave' that swept Karnataka, AAP candidates were nowhere to be seen when the results were announced.
The AAP's vote count in the state was 2,54,501, which was lesser compared to vote count obtained by NOTA which was 2,57,873. Similarly, AAP has a membership base of over one lakh people in Bangalore, according to party sources, and it got less than that number in the three segments coming under the three city segments of Bangalore North, South and Central.
(Posted on 18-05-2014)