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

Delhi labour minister and senior AAP leader Gopal Rai says it is an ‘EVM wave

Hit hard by the BJP in Delhi civic polls, the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday nuanced its reaction on its defeat. We could not convince the people about the good work done by the Delhi government.

The poet-turned-politician also differed with party convenor and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over asking proof for surgical strike after the Uri terror attack previous year.

Bhushan asserted that "immature" Kejriwal kept on blaming either the Lieutenant General or Prime Minister Narendra Modi for every folly and this blame-game of his irked the people.

And yesterday, Punjab unit in-charge Sanjay Singh and organisation-building head Durgesh Pathak resigned from their respective posts.

In the South Delhi Municipal Corporation elections, BJP dynamically grabbed 70 seats leaving AAP and Congress on 16 and 12 seats respectively.

Late in the evening, the party's highest decision making body - Political Affairs Committee (PAC) - met to discuss factionalism within the party.

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

AAP MP Bhagwat Man slammed the party leadership, and said, not naming a Chief Ministerial candidate cost the party in Punjab elections.

Addressing the councillors at his residence, Kejriwal administered them a pledge of "loyalty", a day after the BJP gained a decisive mandate in the Delhi civic polls and the AAP received a drubbing.

However, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu dismissed allegations of EVM tampering and blamed AAP for having failed to understand the mood of the nation. "If we (opposition) do not unite against the BJP, we will get similar results in coming polls", said RJD chief Lalu Prasad. The Delhi CM in fact extended that hostility even to the extent of asking the Centre for "proof" that surgical strikes took place on terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir last September.

In the recent past, other AAP leaders like Alka Lamba and Kapil Mishra have also been critical of the party's views on the poll debacles. It won a mere 48 of 270 seats. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Labour Minister Gopal Rai have also said voting machines were "rigged".

" Arvind Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas have their own individual fan following in the entire nation".

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