Back to the drawing board: Kejriwal

To not evolve would be silly, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

GN Bureau | April 29, 2017


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Time to go back to the drawing board, said Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday, days after his party failed to make its mark in the Delhi civic elections.
 
In a message, Kejriwal said that in the last 2 days, I spoke to many volunteers and voters.
“The reality is obvious. Yes, we made mistakes, but we will introspect and course correct. Time to go back to drawing board.”
 
He said that to “not evolve would be silly”.
 
“We owe that to voters n volunteers. We owe that to ourselves. Need is action and not excuses. It’s time to get back to work. And even if we slip from time to time, the key is to find the reserves to hold and pull ourselves up. The people deserve nothing less. The only thing constant is change,” he added.
 
Read: Arvind Kejriwal: A tornado loses force http://www.governancenow.com/news/regular-story/arvind-kejriwal-aam-aadmi-party-aap-delhi-mcd-elections-municipal-corporations-anand-kumar-swaraj-india-manoj-tiwari-ajay-maken-bjp-congress
 
Despite facing incumbency, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had succeeded in retaining its hold on all the three municipal corporations of Delhi.
 
The AAP, which was hoping to dislodge the BJP, failed to get its act together.
 
Out of a total 272 wards, the BJP won in 183 wards, AAP won 44 and the Congress 32. It coasted to victory in 64 of 104 wards in MCD North, 70 of 104 in MCD South and 49 of 64 in MCD East; well over the halfway mark that gives it control in all three. The results show that in each municipality, the BJP has bettered last time's performance.
 
The AAP has faced two successive debacles. It did not make the cut in the Punjab and Goa assembly elections. In fact, in Goa, it did not win a single seat. Weeks later, in the Delhi civic elections, the party could not weave its magic that had helped it to victory in the 2015 assembly elections.
 

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