Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Arvind Kejriwal wants civic polls to be deferred until EVMs are equipped

Arvind Kejriwal wants civic polls to be deferred until EVMs are equipped

AAP's loss came a few days before crucial civic polls in Delhi which are now being looked at as a test of its political relevance, after its dismal performance in the Punjab and Goa assembly elections last month.

'Our EVM fight will continue even if we win MCD polls, ' Kejriwal said adding they are even ready for a paper ballot.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal said the party lost the Rajouri Garden bypoll as people were unhappy over MLA Jarnail Singh leaving the seat to contest Punjab polls but stressed that this result would not impact the MCD elections.

BJP-SAD candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa bagged 40,602 votes, over 50 per cent of the total votes polled, the Congress' Meenakshi Chandela finished second with 25,950 votes while AAP's Harjeet Singh managed to get only 10,243 votes, forfeiting his deposit. Arvind Kejriwal himself unsuccessfully contested against Narendra Modi from Varanasi.

He alleged that the Election Commission was "enacting drama in the name of elections" to ensure BJP victory in all the polls.

Mr Sisodia said that the AAP would present the report to the people of Delhi to expose the failure of the BJP in running the municipal corporations.

"The BJP talks of Digital India, but the BJP-led MCDs' website has been under construction for 13 years and Rs 12 crore has already been spent".

The BJP if voted back to corporations will seek the Centres help to regain those roads for "improved" maintenance, Tiwari said. Health Minister Satyendra Jain has the CBI on his heels on corruption charges.

After the raid on Kumar's office in December 2015, Kejriwal had invited criticism for accusing the PM of staging the raid and calling him a "coward" and a "psychopath".

Of these, 49 had reference to Modi, nearly all bashing him, 22 of were attacking the BJP and the RSS while 88 tweets were eulogising the work done by the Delhi government.

The fact is that, irrespective of the election results, AAP must do some course correction if it is to remain a potent force in Delhi.

"When the AAP is trying to abolish this practice of bribery, the BJP is giving excuses of non-provision in the MCD Act", he said.

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