The victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh elections and the “growing stature” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are to be blamed for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) defeat in the MCD poll elections, said AAP Chief Arvind Kejiriwal.
Following the defeat of the party at MCD polls, Arvind Kejriwal sought an urgent meeting at his residence in New Delhi. After the defeat of the party in the elections, it faced a number of resignations from some of the parties top leadership. Taking responsibility for the defeat, lawmaker Alka Lamba, quoted a leading news channel saying, “I take personal responsibility for the party's defeat in all three wards in my constituency and offer to resign from all party posts and as a lawmaker.”
On April 11, Poonam Jha Azad, wife of suspended BJP MP and ex-cricketer Kirti Jha Azad, quit the AAP, which she had joined for hardly five months, and switched over to the Congress. Poonam, who took on former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit from Gole Market in the 2003 Assembly elections, termed her joining the Congress as a “homecoming”, since her father-in-law Bhagwat Jha Azad was a CM of Bihar from the Congress. Another blow came to the AAP party, when the party in-charge, Sanjay Singh of Punjab, took to twitter to announce organization-building head Durgesh Pathak and his own resignation. Meanwhile, AAP MP Bhagwat Mann from Sangrur, Punjab slammed the party leadership for “behaving like a mohalla cricket team,” and said AAP had committed a “historic blunder” with regard to the overall strategy in the elections in Punjab. Mann said, there is no use in finding fault with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) now. First, it should look within to find out reasons that stopped AAP’s march to power.”
The BJP swept Delhi’s civic polls yesterday, bagging an unprecedented 181 of the 270 municipal wards. With AAP managing to win just 48 seats, and Congress trailing at the third position with 30 seats, the BJP’s victory margin is the highest ever in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls.