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MCD election results: Arvind Kejriwal warns AAP councillors BJP may offer bribe

May 30 2017, 07:17 | Irvin Gilbert

While some AAP leaders have offered to quit party posts accepting responsibility for the debacle, AAP leader Ashutosh made a relevant point when he said, "It's hard to digest that despite halving electricity rates, giving water for free, improving schools and hospitals, people haven't voted for AAP".

He also slammed the leadership for "behaving like a "mohalla" (local) cricket team", and said AAP had committed a "historic blunder" in Punjab with regard to the overall electoral strategy.

Mumbai - Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday blamed his former protege and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwals quest for power behind the Aam Aadmi Partys (AAP) debacle in the Delhi civic polls.

"Without rigging, such a massive win is not possible", Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, reiterating the accusations the party has been raising since AAP's defeat in the Punjab and Goa assembly polls. He said yesterday the party should look within.

Kumar Vishwas said that that the party did not lose the elections because of EVMs.

"By and large, we could not convey our point to people and there was a big communication gap".

"We could not convince people about the good work done by the party".

The legislator from Dakha said if the Punjab Congress has not copied AAP's ideas like farm waiver for farmers, why is that party's governments in other states not announcing farm loan waiver.

Vishwas also criticised his party on other issues, such as its stand on surgical strikes saying it was not right to attack the Prime Minister on the issue of surgical strikes. The party has been insisting since the Punjab assembly election results in March that the EVMs can be manipulated and that they are the major cause for BJP's victory in the recent elections. However, we failed - either in ticket distribution or in our communication - to convince people that we were the alternative they wanted.

"The people of Delhi have understood they (the Congress and the AAP) are not bothered about their pain and suffering".

"I put my foot down and implemented the decision despite facing stiff resistance from the sitting councillors", he said, adding the decision "not taken like a dictator" was based on the performance of the councillors.

Ashish Talwar resigned as the Delhi in-charge, Sanjay Singh as the Punjab in-charge and Durgesh Pathak as Punjab co-convener. EVMs should not be blamed exclusively. "It will be quite a challenge for Kejriwal to keep them united", Rai told IANS. "Nothing was discussed. The decision was told in the PAC", Kumar Vishwas said.

He said the party will work on all levels including structural and booth level and "make necessary changes".



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