AAP’s Durgesh Pathak losing Delhi Election 2020 is not a set back but a set up for great things. He has won million hearts — with his simplicity, humility and ability to comprehend people’s problems and fighting for providing solution.
- Post Delhi Election 2020
- The Way Forward for AAP and Durgesh Pathak
A fortnight ago, I met Aam Aadmi Party’s Durgesh Pathak in bylanes of Karawal Nagar. He seems a shy, fiery, dedicated young man– ready to contest upcoming elections to serve his people.
We spoke about his constituency, work, aspirations, and the long political career ahead of him. Pathak’s ideas were very progressive and his head on his shoulders.
Post Delhi Election 2020
Now post the results of Delhi Election 2020 – Durgesh has lost the election but not his spirit. I see him addressing the volunteers meet more fiercely to brighten the dampened mood of the people of Karawal Nagar.
He reassures them first, “May I win or lose, I am strong enough to provide any help or assistance you need. I am your son, brother and friend, just call me if you need anything, I am here.”
Pathak seems quite positive and the crowd gets along with him. Even before contesting he has proven his metal; for the past one year he had been at the forefront of developments of the constituency as the sitting MLA had revolted.
It was based on Pathak’s work that the young gun was chosen by the Aam Aadmi Party to represent. He lost merely by 8000 votes to BJP’s Mohan Singh Bisht. But Pathak is unfazed. He tells the crowd, “In war, some die a martyr. And martyrs are to be proud of, not to be mourned.” The crowd cheers his name in response.
He notes that it took the BJP big wigs like party president, Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath to come to his constituency for campaigning, still, the deciding vote margin is just 8000. He admits being a bit upset but is more concerned about people and their well being. “I am still available over a call. Our office is still here, wherever you need a road, a mohalla clinic, a drain cleaned, let me know I’ll get it done.” And he means it there’s no doubt about his deliveries. He further promises his supporters “give me a year I’ll make you proud.”
Pathak had told me about the uniqueness of Karawal Nagar, migrated people from various small towns and villages in India have found a home here. Today, he tells his people, “Politics means to connect people. It doesn’t mean to contest and win elections. Looking at you all – Hindu, Muslim, Bahujan, Uttrakhandi, Dalit all sitting together… I believe I have done 70 percent work already. This is what my victory is, uniting you all.”
The Way forward for AAP and Durgesh Pathak
Though he cautions the fellow volunteers not to turn bitter but focus on work, “Don’t tell people we got roads and hospitals made and you didn’t vote. That’s not why we did it. We got it done to make Karawal Nagar a better place.” He asks them to make merry for AAP has stood victorious in Delhi and that paves the path for true development and there’s another election two-years down the line that they have to gear up for.
Reminds me of what Deepak Kaistha says:
Pathak is a true leader as he understands the nature of life, the victory and defeat, the highs and lows and still believes in responding rather than reacting. A CEO approach
And AAP’s Durgesh Pathak only proves it as he tells his fellow volunteers, “A win or lose doesn’t matter — we are set and destined for greater things.”
I believe he is, am still watching out for this one!