New Delhi, May 17: AAP, which made a debut in the MCD by-polls winning five of the 13 wards, said its next target is to win all the seats in the civic body polls next year. However, the party acknowledged that the result was not as "overwhelming" as it had expected and said it would examine the reason behind it.
"MCD is ruled by BJP-Congress. Outsider AAP wins maximum seats in by election. Thnx Delhi for reaffirming faith. Ab MCD election mein sabhi seat jeetni hain(sic)," party chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
MCD ruled by BJP-Cong. Outsider AAP wins max seats in byelection. Thnx Delhi for reaffirming faith. Ab MCD election mein sabhi seat jeetni h— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 17, 2016
Out of the 13 wards that went to by-polls, AAP won from Matiala, Tekhand, Nanakpura and Vikas Nagar and Ballimaran. As the figures stared pouring in, AAP volunteers started celebrating the victory at the Rouse Avenue-located party office.
"AAP has emerged as the largest party in the by-polls. This means it is bigger than BJP and Congress. This was our debut and it was great learning experience.
"We had expected a few more seats. We will examine why the result didn't match our expectations. For this, we will hold discussion with the MLAs to assess what went wrong," AAP's Delhi unit convener Dileep Pandey said. He said the MCD by-polls were not a parameter to assess the popularity of the state government.
"The issues in the MCD polls are different than assembly and Lok Sabha polls. In MCD polls, a lot depends on the local candidate and the person's contact and proximity.
"BJP lost a gram panchayat election in a village adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress lost civic body polls in Rahul Gandhi's constituency. So there is hardly any link between popularity of any leader or a party as issues are completely different in MCD polls," Pandey said.
Terming the by-polls as a "launchpad" to the "mega final" next year, he said the results show that AAP has the capability of "restricting BJP to minimum numbers".
"BJP and Congress had put in all efforts. All big leaders barring Sonia Gandhi and Rahul campaigned for the Congress candidates. Despite this, AAP has emerged as victorious," he said.