The other big message from the results: AAP's failure in Goa & Punjab


Speculation that the party would eat into the Congress' stake in their stronghold of South Goa was unfounded.

The AAP may come second with a lead in 23 seats. "We have to start work on ground to earn the trust of the people", Shinkre said.

Congress' Captain Amarinder Singh said the AAP bubble has been burst with their outright rejection by the Punjab voters, he said, adding that the Moga blast, coupled with the alleged AAP extremist links, had also worked against Kejriwal's party. MRC said the party would draw at least seven seats. Whereas, the outgoing Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was the oldest victor with a margin of 22,770 votes from the Lambi assembly seat.

By 1 pm, the Congress was leading with 77 seats in Punjab.

In fact, it was reported that AAP will put up a tough fight for Akalis and Congress.

Most exit polls had predicted a decent performance by AAP in Punjab, and that it would open its account in Goa.

Satish Jain AAP's coordinator for Mumbai Metropolitan Region said, "Party workers will distribute candies". First, it would establish AAP as a party than can rule and not just confront. "The struggle will continue", the chief minister tweeted after the results. AAP leaders have said that it was time to "introspect". Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, as well as several other cabinet ministers from the Delhi cabinet had campaigned for the AAP in Goa, which had started its poll preparations as way back as May 28. "We are disappointed with the results".

In an interview to, 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". One must give it to Kejriwal and his party that no party has won two states within five years of its inception. In hindsight, if AAP had not contested the election in Punjab, it could have been a far closer election than the result suggests.

In 2015, AAP had wiped out Congress as well as BJP in Delhi and recorded a sensational victory capturing 67 of the 70 seats.