The Rajouri Garden by-election was a wake-up call for the Aam Admi Party which is set to make a full-fledged debut in the Delhi MCD elections 2017. The BJP-SAD combine candidate bagged over 50 per cent of the votes while the AAP stood third.
The BJP has already declared that the result in the by-election was a reflection of the mood of the people of Delhi. The AAP has said that a by-poll cannot reflect the mood of the people. Deputy chief minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia expressed confidence that the AAP would win the MCD polls with ease.
Analysts would say that although by-polls are not a reflection of the people's mood, the problem for the AAP is that it has come too close to the MCD polls. The MCD elections will be held on April 23. What the by-poll has done is energise the BJP's workers and demoralise the AAP.
The next few days would be very crucial for the AAP. It would have to hold its flock together and ensure that the workers remain enthusiastic. There have been a lot of brainstorming sessions that have taken place following the AAP's defeats in Punjab, Goa and now Delhi. The party has already decided to stop the Modi bashing and focus on its 2015 winning mantra where it focused on the positives.