MCD polls: BJP trounces AAP

Delhi MCD Elections Result

Ravi, MLA from Karol Bagh, said that in the meeting, the EVM manipulation issue also came up for discussion.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh on Thursday said organisational improvement was needed and the party would work towards it. Party members said that it was Shah who wanted to make a generational shift so that candidates connect with the young. However, the verdict of the local body polls this time was nowhere near satisfactory, with the AAP standing a distant second on its home turf, just when it is hoping to expand its base beyond Delhi. The party has been insisting since the Punjab assembly election results in March that the EVMs can be manipulated and that they are the major cause for BJP's victory in the recent elections.

The party was already reeling in Delhi from the defection of former unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely to the BJP in the run-up to the MCD polls.

Kumar Vishwas said that the party needs "radical reforms". The Bharatiya Janata Party swept the elections with 181. The AAP won 47 of the 270 civic seats, the BJP 183 and the Congress 29. In all, 1,790 candidates of the total 2,516 candidates in the fray lost their deposits in Sunday's municipal polls, votes for which were counted on Wednesday, the SEC said.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken announced his resignation and also backed the AAP's charge of the EVMs having been tampered with.

The AAP's defeat comes more than two years after the Delhi assembly elections when it had humbled the BJP, winning 67 of the 70 Delhi assembly seats.

Speaking to India Today, Kumar Vishwas questioned Arvind Kejriwal's defence of AAP's loss in Punjab, Rajouri Assembly by-poll in Delhi and the MCD elections.

"Every step taken by the Prime Minister and his schemes for poor, women, soldiers, farmers and workers, went in our favour and fashioned this victory", he said.

The need for the "pledge" arose after many senior party leaders reportedly sent their resignations following the crushing defeat in Delhi.

Other reasons for the party's loss are a "lack of" intra-party democracy and a "trust deficit" with voters, the prominent AAP leader said.

The poll watchdog is also getting ready to take on AAP and other EVM-sceptics by inviting them to hack the machines.

He said one can not write off the AAP as in the past four years all that the party has achieved was not less. "For one year, I will not take up any post in the party; will work as a party worker", Maken said. "It did not do what it should have done to win the Delhi civic polls", Dikshit told reporters.

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