After losing all seven seats in the national capital to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said he looks forward to working together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for the betterment of the people of Delhi.
Kejriwal accepted the people's mandate and congratulated PM Modi for the "historic" win of the NDA in the Lok Sabha election.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said " I congratulate Sh Narendra Modi for this historic win and look forward to working together for the betterment of the people of Delhi."
I congratulate Sh Narendra Modi for this historic win and look forward to working together for the betterment of the people of Delhi.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 23, 2019
"We accept the mandate of the people. We fielded very good candidates and our party workers worked very hard during campaigning," he said in another tweet.
दिल्ली में हमने बहुत अच्छे उम्मीदवार खड़े किए, बहुत अच्छा प्रचार किया और सभी कार्यकर्ताओं ने कड़ी मेहनत की। जनता का जनादेश सर माथे पर। दिल्ली की जनता के लिए काम करते रहेंगे।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 23, 2019
He also congratulated Bhagwant Mann, who won from Sangrur seat in Punjab, and the people of the constituency, saying Mann will continue to raise people's issues in Parliament.
Congratulations to Bhagwant and the people of Sangrur. Bhagwant will continue working for the people of Punjab and raising people’s issues in Parliament. pic.twitter.com/5lb7o7svaC— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 23, 2019
Except for North West and South Delhi seats, where the AAP is in the second spot, the ruling party in Delhi came at the third position in all the other five constituencies.
The Aam Aadmi Party had fielded seven candidates in Delhi - Brijesh Goyal from New Delhi, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk, Raghav Chadha from South Delhi, Atishi from East Delhi, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi, Gugan Singh from North West Delhi and Balbir Singh Jakhad from West Delhi.
In New Delhi, Goyal lost by over four lakh votes to BJP candidate Meenakshi Lekhi, Gupta lost by over three lakh votes to BJP candidate Harsh Vardhan, Chadha lost by over three lakh votes to BJP candidate Ramesh Bidhuri and Atishi lost by over four lakh votes to BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir.
On the other hand, Dilip Pandey lost by over five lakh votes to BJP candidate Manoj Tiwari, Singh lost by over six lakh to BJP candidate Hans Raj Hans and Jakhar lost by over six lakh votes to BJP candidate Parvesh Singh Verma.
The star performer of AAP, Atishi who is credited with revolutionising the education system of government schools, has come in third, after Gambhir and Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely.
The Delhi chief minister has been a vocal critic of Modi and has lashed out at him on several occasions during election campaigns, accusing the prime minister of indulging in politics of hatred.
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Right from slapping of Kejriwal during a road show to the Delhi chief minister claiming that Modi would murder him and even the issue related to the distribution of obscene and derogatory pamphlets against Atishi, the AAP was in the midst of a number of controversies this election season.
The AAP was expecting to form an alliance with the Congress but the matter turned sour with a public war of words between Kejriwal and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
While the AAP, on one hand, was looking to form an alliance on 33 seats in Delhi, Punjab, Goa, Haryana and Chandigarh with the grand old party, the Congress proposed a tie-up only in the national capital which proved to be a deal breaker for the Aam Aadmi Party.
Both the BJP and the Congress had started their campaign in the last two weeks before the voting in Delhi on May 12, but the AAP had begun its campaign right from March.
The AAP had divided their Lok Sabha poll campaign in three phases.
The first phase was from March 10 to April 7 while the second phase was from April 10 to 25. The third phase of AAP's campaigning started from May 1-10.