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People Saw LS Polls as Fight Between Modi And Rahul, Kejriwal on AAP’s Debacle; Insists Will Win Assembly Elections

Kejriwal said in an open letter to party workers that the AAP was not able to explain to the people why they should vote for them in the Lok Sabha polls. 

Published: May 29, 2019 4:55 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Shubhangi Gupta

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Photo Courtesy: IANS

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday lauded his party workers for running a “superb” campaign for Lok Sabha polls and admitted that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s  debacle in the elections was because of the perception that this big fight was between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi, making people vote accordingly.

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In an open letter addressed to party workers, Kejriwal wrote that that the AAP was not able to explain to the people why they should vote for them in the Lok Sabha polls.

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“The results, however, didn’t meet our expectations. Post-election ground analysis has revealed two major reasons. First, the atmosphere that prevailed in the country rubbed off on Delhi as well. Second, people saw this “big election” as between Modi and Rahul and voted accordingly. Whatever be the reason, we were not able to explain to the public why they should vote for us in this big election,” he said. (Also Read: Delhi Approves 10% Quota For General Category in Govt Jobs)

In an attempt to boost spirits of the party workers post elections, Kejriwal assured that people would vote for the AAP in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha election for the “incredible work” they had done in the national capital.

Kejriwal said on the brighter side, “people have been enthusiastically assuring us that in the small election for Delhi Vidhan Sabha, they will vote in the name of the incredible work we have done in Delhi”.

Kejriwal asserted that the Delhi government has not budged from the “corruption-free mission” that brought this party into existence six and a half years ago.?

“Despite unleashing the power of all government agencies on my ministers and me, they couldn’t find even a single ‘naya paisa’ worth of corruption. All the cases filed on our 20 MLAs were dismissed by the courts,” he said.

Referring to the various achievements of his government, Kejriwal said he looks forward to the continued support and commitment of his party workers in the Assembly elections, slated to be held early next year.

The AAP suffered a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha polls and won just one out of over 40 seats on which it fielded its candidates. All seven of their candidates in Delhi also lost in the Lok Sabha polls.

(With agency inputs)

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Published Date: May 29, 2019 4:55 PM IST