Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today met AAP MLAs and leaders a day after party faced drubbing in the MCD polls in which it came a distant second, winning only 48 out of 272 wards, according to TV reports. After the results, a number of leaders have offered their resignations. In a major jolt to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its Punjab-in-charge Sanjay Singh this morning offered to resign from his post, as per ANI report. “I have submitted my resignation from the post of Punjab in-charge to Arvind Kejriwal. Durgesh (Pathak) has also resigned from his co-incharge post for the state,” Singh tweeted. Notably, AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey had resigned yesterday, according to PTI report. AAP MLA Alka Lamba too had offered to resign from her post yesterday and also relinquish all positions in the party taking “responsibility” for the defeat of party candidates in her constituency.
Surprisingly, Kejriwal yesterday had refrained from raising the EVM tampering issue, unlike other AAP leaders, as he congratulated the BJP on its victory in the municipal polls. His reaction came hours after it became clear that the BJP was set to retain control of the three corporations, winning over 160 seats, more than its existing strength. The Aam Aadmi Party Chief promised full cooperation to the civic bodies for the betterment of the national capital.
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मैंने पंजाब के प्रभारी पद से अपना इस्तीफ़ा राष्ट्रीय संयोजक @ArvindKejriwal जी को दे दिया है, दुर्गेश ने भी सह प्रभारी पद छोड़ा।
— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) April 27, 2017
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Ahead of the poll result, Kejriwal had threatened to launch an agitation over alleged “manipulation” of electronic voting machines (EVMS), an issue he had raised after the AAP’s disappointing performance in the recent Assembly elections in Punjab and Goa. However, there was no word from him on the proposed agitation.
“I congratulate BJP on their victory in all 3 MCDs. My govt looks forward to working wid MCDs for the betterment of Delhi (sic),” Kejriwal, who went into a huddle with top leaders of the AAP as the results trickled in, tweeted.
Through his carefully worded congratulatory messsage, the AAP chief also sought to tone down the tensions within the party over its defeat in the polls, coming as it does after a string of upsets in Punjab, Goa and the Rajouri Garden bypolls.