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MCD polls: Congress did not campaign aggressively, says Sheila Dikshit

Former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said the Congress did not campaign aggressively to win the civic polls and added that she had not been invited to campaign for party candidates.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: April 26, 2017 11:23 IST ]
MCD polls 2017: Congress did not campaign aggressively,
MCD polls 2017: Congress did not campaign aggressively, says Sheila Dikshit Photo:PTI

Former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said the Congress did not campaign aggressively to win the civic polls and added that she had not been invited to campaign for party candidates.

"We are going through a bad time. Congress did not campaign in an aggressive way. It did not do what it should have done to win the Delhi civic polls," Dikshit told media persons here.

Asked why she did not campaign for Congress candidates, Dikshit said: "I was not invited for any of the campaign programmes. If I would have been informed I would have certainly done."

Her remarks came as counting trends showed the BJP was leading in 141 wards, while the AAP was at second spot, leading in 40 and the Congress in 28 wards.

On allegations by the AAP of tampering with the EVMs, Dikshit said: "Winners and losers have different versions to the problem. But in a case like this, the government and the Election Commission should come up with a solution."

She pointed to the Punjab elections, in which the Congress won, saying the party never raised any issue over the EVMs.

She also said the Congress will bounce back. "The Congress is going through a bad phase. The BJP also did for a long time. We will also come back. Congress' soul resides in India, people will understand."

The BJP is leading over rivals Congress and AAP in 183 wards in MCD polls, with trends for 227 seats hinting at a landslide victory for the party. 

The AAP managed to gain some ground with trends at 10 AM showing that it was leading in 42 wards while Congress trailed on the third spot with lead in 32 wards, in the municipal elections dubbed by Opposition as a referendum on the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi. 

BJP also managed to win 3 seats, Janakpuri West, Rajender Nagar and Janakpuri South, for which results were announced.

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