Kejriwal clarifies why AAP lost bypoll seat in New Delhi

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference at his residence in New Delhi on Monday.

File Photo of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (PTI)

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has clarified why his party lost the recent bypoll from Rajouri Garden seat in New Delhi.

“There were several reasons why Jarnail Singh left the seat and went to fight Punjab Assembly elections. He has done a lot for the Sikh community. But the people of Rajouri Garden did not like the fact that he left the seat,” Kejriwal explained.

“Even I was getting feedback that the people of the constituency were unhappy over Jarnail leaving in the middle of his term,” he added.

But the Delhi Chief Minister clarified that the bypoll defeat will not have any impact on the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections which are slated to be held on April 23.

However, the party’s attempts to explain the loss has not gone down well with Jarnail, a journalist-turned-politician, who had shot to fame after hurling a shoe at former Home Minister P Chidambaram during a press conference.

Jarnail has said while it was the party’s decision to field him in Punjab, it should also go for a deep and honest introspection.

On Thursday, AAP suffered a humiliating defeat in the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll in the national capital. Its candidate Harjeet Singh managed to get only 10,243 votes, less than one-sixth of the total votes polled, and lost deposit.

The BJP-SAD joint candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa bagged 40,602 votes, over 50 per cent of the total votes polled.

(With inputs from PTI)