"If we start discussing right now, it will either end in a blame game or there will be knee-jerk reactions about mass rigging", a senior AAP leader said. However, it was the Congress that appears to have capitalized on it instead of the AAP.
The Congress remained way ahead of the ruling SAD-BJP combine and the AAP right from the time counting began. The Congress, which AAP had decimated in Delhi in 2015, surged ahead and is now leading at 77 seats and is certain of a clear majority to form the government. "We accept the will of the people and will emerge as a strong opposition to the ruling party in Punjab", said Sanjay Singh who was AAP's national convenor of Punjab.
Arvind Kejriwal seems to have more ambitions than he can handle.
"Pathak was given the task of working on Punjab two years ago". The third gender candidate, Mumtaj of Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP) managed to get just 1,137 votes from Bucho Mandi assembly seat which was won by Congress candidate Pritam Singh.
Prashant Kishor's team has congratulate AAP workers after the results in Punjab assembly elections.
Mr Kishor, who had crafted the Congress campaign for Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, had acknowledged AAP as a formidable opponent past year. The party, which had high hopes of victory in Punjab, will now face an immediate challenge in the upcoming municipal elections in Delhi. Its next target appears to be PM Modi's home turf of Gujarat where the BJP is again faced with a strong wave of anti-incumbency.
The party volunteers were expecting Kejriwal to make a speech on the election victory.
The message for Arvind Kejriwal is loud and clear - it must shun its practice of negative politics to become a true force to reckon with. "We believe in hard work, hard work for people, hard work in the assembly", Mr Bharti had said.
Disappointed by its performance, AAP said it will introspect on the reasons behind its rout.
Party workers had gathered outside Kejriwal's residence, but as the trends indicated that party was not winning any of the two states, the crowd started ebbing.