New Delhi: A seemingly skeptical Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal ‘shifted’ the blame on Muslims in the national capital for his party’s perceived performance on the seven seats here in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

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Delhi voted for all seven Lok Sabha seats in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 12.

In an interview with the Indian Express, the Delhi Chief Minister sounded distressed that “Muslims shifted to Congress at the last moment on May 12.”

Coming from a confident position a few weeks ago when Kejriwal and party were passionate about giving a tough fight to both the BJP and Congress, the party national convener hinted at an unfavourable outcome from Delhi on May 23. (The counting  of votes for all seven phases of the Lok Sabha election will take place on May 23)

Presently, all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi are with the BJP.

When asked about how he thinks the Aam Aadmi Party will fare in Delhi, the chief minister said, “Let us see what happens. Actually, chunaav ke 48 ghante pehle tak saaton seat lag raha tha Aam Aadmi Party ko aayengi. Last moment pe complete Muslim vote got shifted to Congress. (48 hours before the polling, we were confident of winning all seven seats. But at the last moment, Muslim vote got shifted to Congress. We are trying to find out the reasons behind it),” {As told to Indian Express}

In the run-up to the polls, AAP had affirmed confidence of winning all seven seats this time.

ADR REPORTS BAD NEWS FOR AAP

The Arvind Kejriwal government’s performance on the top three voter priorities of traffic congestion, water, and air pollution and better employment opportunities in Delhi was below average, said an Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) survey released on May 13.

The survey asked around 3,500 voters in all the seven Lok Sabha seats of the national capital about their priorities and voting pattern.

The urban voters cited traffic congestion (49.67 per cent), air and water pollution (44.52 per cent) and better employment opportunities (43.07 per cent) as their top priorities, said the ADR in its NCT of Delhi Survey Report 2018.

However, the Kejriwal government’s performance on the top three voter priorities on a scale of 5 was below average — traffic congestion (2.27), water and air pollution (2.29) and better employment opportunities (2.29).

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government also performed poorly on the empowerment of women and security (1.85) and noise pollution (2.27) in urban Delhi.

With IANS inputs