Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party was dealt another big blow, and this time in its stronghold, Delhi. The AAP was relegated to the third spot as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress bagged the first two positions respectively in Rajouri garden bypoll.
Aam Aadmi Party member and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today conceded his party's defeat in bypoll for Rajouri Garden Assembly constituency.
BJP's Manjinder Singh Sirsa won the Delhi Assembly byelection from the Rajouri Garden constituency. He defeated his nearest rival Meenakshi Chandela of the Congress by a margin of nearly 14,000 votes, pushing the ruling AAP's candidate to a distant third. Chandela failed to garner even one-sixth of the total votes losing her deposit.
Sisodia said AAP will work hard to win back people support and expressed confidence of winning the upcoming MCD polls.
"We will work hard for Rajouri Garden and make people understand. We will try to sort out the shortcomings. We will also consult the people. We will win MCD polls," Sisodia said.
Meanwhile, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been continuously butting heads with the Election Commission over EVM tampering issue.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today questioned the Election Commission's "open challenge" to political parties and experts to prove that EVMs can be manipulated.
Kejriwal wondered why the Commission was not coming out with any official statement and pushing the news of the reported challenge through "sources" instead.
"Why are these stories ascribed to "sources"? How credible are they? Why hasn't EC issued any formal statement? Or is it just a plant? Has anyone actually seen any official statement from CEC? Am trying to get it since evening. Is this news correct?" he said in a series of tweets.
The win for the BJP has added one more seat for the party in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. AAP had won 67 seats in Assembly elections held in 2015.