A clearly upset Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia today threatened to boycott ‘more’ media channels during a press conference and called them ‘conspiracy makers’ – he was speaking in the wake of the AAP losing the Delhi bypoll in Rajouri Garden in which the deposit of the party’s candidate itself was lost. While talking in a harsh tone, Sisodia said that whoever crosses the ‘line’ will be banned by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The minister further went on to blame the media and said that fraud people are planted by them to create ruckus during press conferences and their sole aim is to disrupt the event – they are told when to speak and when not to speak. Sisodia them went on to bring Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress in the mix to differentiate the AAP from the others and said, “hungama karane ke lie BJP, Congress hai.”
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Earlier in the day, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that losing the Rajouri Garden seat in the bypolls will have no impact on party’s chances in the upcoming MCD Polls. While talking to the media, he said people were angry that Jarnail Singh left to contest in Punjab and that is why they voted in anger. The BJP-SAD candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa won the Rajouri Garden seat followed by the Congress candidate Meenakshi Chandela. The margin of victory was a convincing 14,652 votes. BJP President Amit Shah looked happy with the result and posted a tweet saying, “We will offer sweets after MCD polls.”
However, not all the party members may agree with the Delhi CM. According to a senior party official, “Our internal party survey showed our candidate was losing and we were prepared for that. What has got senior party functionaries worried is that Harjeet Singh lost his deposit and managed to poll only 13 per cent votes. At a time when the municipal elections are so close, it is not a good sign for the party. Losing a seat is understandable, but losing so much support is not,” as quoted by the Indian Express.